On March 15-17, 2017, the Sanctuaries MBON team hosted a workshop in St. Petersburg, Florida, to define biodiversity data products that meet the needs of local coastal zone and conservation managers, and that can also can be scaled to address one or more of the targets of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 14. SDG 14 seeks to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
The Sanctuaries MBON researchers were joined by representatives from OBIS, NOAA, the USGS, and several academic institutions partnering in the US MBON programs. Some of the core issues discussed include:
- combining environmental and biodiversity observations;
- define Essential Biodiversity Variables (as part of Essential Ocean Variables);
- structures to use local data and data served through OBIS.
The meeting was hosted by the University of South Florida and was sponsored by the NASA Applied Programs office of the Earth Sciences Division, the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the US Ocean Biogeographic Information System (US-OBIS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) including the National Marine Sanctuaries program, and the State of Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
In the past year, the Sanctuaries MBON data management team has enrolled more than 50 datasets – some of the time-series span nearly three decades — into a public data server. The data are available using the ERDAPP protocols. The SBC and AMBON teams have also enrolled dozens of datasets.