Updates from the US MBON Projects


US MBON researchers and collaborating partners are working to improve the understanding of biodiversity in Alaska, Channel Islands, California, the Florida Keys, Flower Garden Banks and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries.  Click on the buttons to go to their websites for the latest information.

​​Photos by Brett Seymour, NPS, Submerged Resources Center,  the Florida Reef Fish Visual Census Project .

“Sanctuaries MBON” Receives NOPP 2016 Excellence in Partnering Award

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  


MBON Project focused on several National Marine Sanctuaries

Sanctuary MBON team and Researchers Discuss SDG 14 and New Products
Summer 2017 -- Since January, researchers involved in U.S. MBON program, US IOOS, USGS, NOAA, the Ocean Biogeographic Information System, and biological data providers have been developing new data products to address specific targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goal #14 -- Life Below Water.  Two meetings, sponsored by NASA, were held in Monterey Bay, California, hosted by MBARI and in St. Peterburg Florida, hosted by University of South Florida College of Marine Science.


“Analyzing the UN SDG14 targets from multiple scientific and management perspectives has been an important exercise,” said Gabrielle Canonico, U.S. IOOS MBON program manager. "I think the MBON products, which will be open source, will be useful for US programs and also for our global partners, in their efforts to meet national reporting requirements for the SDGs, among other things."


"Our goal is to develop one or more products that provide a global perspective while also meeting the needs of local conservation and resource managers, and that can address one or more of the SDG 14 targets," said Frank Muller-Karger, PI of the Sanctuaries MBON project.  


At the workshops, participants defined scientific and user-functionality requirements and next steps for the development of interactive data products. Since early 2016, each of U.S. MBON teams have been evaluating and enrolling numerous long-term biological, habitat and environmental datasets into NOAA ERDDAP and OBIS. This enables researchers and resource managers to access and visualize datatsets with dynamic mappers in the MBON portal to study ecosystem change over time.

The St. Petersburg meeting participants included Gabrielle Canonico and Jennifer Bosch, U.S. IOOS, Abby Benson, OBIS, Roger Sayre, USGS, and Michael Soracco (NOAA Coast Watch/GEO Blue Planet). Sanctuaries MBON researchers included: Maria Kavanaugh (OSU / WHOI), Jennifer Brown (NOAA MBNMS), Ben Best (EcoQuants), Bob Currier (GCOOS), Mitchell Roffer (ROFFS), Collin Closek (Stanford University), Steve Gittings (NOAA Sanctuaries) George Sedberry (NOAA Sanctuaries) Chris Kelble (AOML - NOAA), Kathleen O'keife (FWRI), Luke McEachron, (FWRI) and Katherine Hubbard (FWRI). The USF CMS team included: Frank Muller-Karger, Anni Djurhuus, Enrique Montes, Daniel Otis, CJ Reynolds and graduate students Megan Hepner, Justin Saarinen and Natalie Sawaya.