​​​Arctic MBON

(AMBON – U.S. Chukchi Sea)​

The Arctic Ocean is experiencing the most dramatic temperature increases of all oceans, leading to significant alterations of marine ecosystem structure and function. The importance of the Arctic Ocean to global climate and ecosystem processes, and the speed at which climate changes are already occurring in the Arctic, elevate the urgency for coordinated observations of Arctic marine biodiversity.  Read about the AMBON

Sanctuaries MBON

The Monterey Bay, CA, and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuaries serve as sentinel sites for monitoring marine biodiversity of the nation’s coastal, shelf and deep-sea ecosystems.  The Sanctuaries' ecosystems are of interest in the design of a comprehensive national MBON which integrate the numerous existing long-term datasets into portals, which can provide information to answer metrics used by the Sanctuaries and for other NOAA programs.  Read about the Sanctuaries MBON.

National Updates

​​​​U.S. MBON Projects Defining Common Standards and Methods

The researchers working on the three U.S. MBON projects (Arctic, Santa Barbara Channel Island and Sanctuaries MBON) have been collaborating across projects to define and develop common methods and standards which can be used as model practices for a national network. In 2016, the project teams made major advancements in testing new dynamic biodiversity portals for their regions, using datasets provided by multiple independent programs, including the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) programs, fisheries (e.g. NOAA’s Fisheries Science Centers), seabird and marine wildlife institutions to environmental and water quality monitoring.  Data management and the environmental DNA teams have presented information at key conferences and submitted manuscripts. Meetings with diverse users are helping the teams define next steps to program data products that support different programs' research questions. 

​NOS Podcast: Gabrielle Canonico U.S. IOOS MBON Program Manager Discusses Data and Biodiversity 

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Photos by Brett Seymour, NPS, Submerged Resources Center.


Spanning marine ecosystems from the Arctic to kelp forests in central California to coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico and Florida Keys, the U.S. MBON projects are developing strategies for integrating biological and environmental data sets, and testing innovative molecular and remote sensing technologies and methods for observing marine biodiversity.  

The U.S. MBON researchers and collaborators, experts in remote sensing, genomics, ecology, fisheries, biogeochemistry, and data management, are working to define methods for monitoring essential ocean variables that will enable researchers and managers to study changes in ecosystems, biodiversity and oceanographic conditions over time, and access this in regional online databases.  On the January 2017, National Ocean Service Podcast, ​Gabrielle Canonico, U.S. IOOS MBON program manager, discusses the importance of integrating existing datasets and how MBON is working to increase our understanding of life in the ocean.

MBON Initiatives Recognized by Obama White House Fall 2016 

In Sept, 2016, the Obama Administration announced new policies to promote conservation. The White House Fact Sheet acknowledged the importance of creating a unified global Marine Biodiversity Observation Network  and coordination between the U.S. Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) and international ocean observing and data networks such as the Global Ocean Observation System (GOOS) and the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) to improve the acquisition, delivery and application of information on change in the marine environment, and support marine conservation and decision-making at the national, regional, and global levels. Click here to read the Fact Sheet.

Santa Barbara Channel (SBC) MBON

The Santa Barbara Channel is one of the most studied marine areas in the world, supported by numerous biological monitoring and research programs by government agencies, universities and NGO's. This network is connecting existing monitoring efforts and will work to fill remaining information gaps. The Santa Barbara Channel MBON covers the complete spectrum of marine biodiversity — from microbes to ecosystems.  Read about the SBC MBON.

U.S. MBON Projects

NASA Announces Date for MBON Meeting

The U.S. Marine Biodiversity Observation Network  2017 "All Hands" Meeting is set for Friday, May 26, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC. For information go to: www.regonline.com\bef2017. Contact Woody Turner, NASA HQ, with questions about the meeting. woody.turner@nasa.gov. 

US MBON Sanctuaries Team Scopes New Data Products

On March 15-17, members of the MBON Sanctuary team, and representatives from OBIS and U.S. IOOS program office met to conceptualize potential new data products that will address national/regional resource management needs and elements of U.N. Sustainable Develop Goal 14 -- Life in the Sea.  The teams are working to show demo products by October. 

NOPP Selects MBON for Excellence 

February 27, 2017 -- The National Oceanographic Partnership Program announced that the Sanctuaries MBON project was selected to receive the 2016 Excellence In Partnering Award.  Read about the NOPP's Excellence in Partnering award.