The U.S. MBON researchers are collaborating with national, regional and international agencies and partners to create and test conceptual models, data products and integrated relational databases to support different organizational missions, goals and user needs.
One of the primary products is the MBON Portal, developed by Axiom Data Sciences in collaboration with the MBON DMAC teams and hosted by the US IOOS.
The beta version of the MBON portal and data catalog was launched in 2016, and currently has more than 100 historical species and habitat datasets from Florida, California and the Arctic. The datasets were provided by agencies and programs, including the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) programs, fisheries (e.g. NOAA’s Fisheries Science Centers), seabird and marine wildlife institutions and others. Explore the MBON Data Catalog and Portal.
The MBON Portal enables researchers and resource managers to sort, or filter specific species data by time, taxon, area, habitat (benthic class), and recompute and graph the results through an intuitive online mapping interface. This enables researchers to assess changes over time, for given species and location. Researchers can select and layer multiple datasets for a region and location — to assess connections between habitat change and species change. MBON is the first portal to assess biodiversity by enabling analysis with seven specific indices. Read More