Data & Mapping Portal

Welcome to the data and mapping portal for the Gulf of Maine Census. Here, you can explore, download and map biological and physical data from multiple sources. The goal is to provide data that will enhance our understanding of biological patterns in the Gulf of Maine, across space and time.

The mission of the Gulf of Maine Biogeographic Information System (GMBIS) is to support regional needs for access to biological and biogeographical data from the Gulf of Maine area for research, public policy (management) and education. We provide two independent data download and mapping applications. Please explore both and let us know what you think. Enjoy!

Biogeographic and Oceanic Data Integrator – beta

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Features Biogeographical Data Explorer Biogeographic and Oceanic Data Integrator
Map Biological Data
Map the Survey Effort
Add Multiple Species
Filter Data by Taxa, Time & Region
Download Data in CSV
Download Data in OBIS Schema
Metadata Available For select datasets
Map Physical Data
Add External Data (WFS)
Integrate Biological & Physical Data
Edit Symbols by Species
Download Data in Multiple Formats
Open Source

Learn More

Abstract
  • Project goals
  • PowerPoint tutorial presentation
  • Thesis by Richard Franks.
  • Development Team

    Lead Software Programmers:

    Biological Data Explorer – Joe Hodsdon, student, Department of Computer Science, USM
    Biological and Physical Data Integration – Richard Franks, Jr., MS student, Department of Computer Science, USM

    System Design:

    Nicholas Wolff, Research Associate, Aquatic Systems Group, USM
    Bruce MacLeod, Professor, Department of CS, USM
    David Briggs, Professor, Department of CS, USM

    Contact:

    Nicholas Wolff, Database Manager,

    Feature Definitions

    Map Biological Data

    Map the following biological datasets: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) Bottom Trawl Survey, Clam and Quahog Survey, Herring Bottom Trawl Survey, Sea Scallop Survey, Shrimp Survey and the Maine – New Hampshire Inshore Groundfish Trawl Survey.

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    Map the Survey Effort

    Map all sample locations, including those where selected species were not found.

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    Add Multiple Species

    Use a comma “,” in the Biogeographical Data Explorer and a plus sign “+” in the Biogeographical and Oceanic Data Integrator to search and map multiple species.

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    Filter Data by Taxa, Time & Region

    Search by taxa and filter (limit) the results within a time period and/or a physiographic region of the Gulf of Maine. Get more information on the physiographic regions

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    Download Data in CSV

    Download selected dataset as a comma-separated value (CSV) file.

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    Download Data in OBIS Schema

    The OBIS Schema is the content standard used by OBIS, the Ocean Biogeographic Information System; it is designed for marine biodiversity data.

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    Metadata Available

    Metadata records are available through the Global Change Master Directory (GCMD).

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    Map Physical Data

    Physical data are available from the Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System (GoMOOS) Ocean Circulation Model which is maintained by Huijie Xue and Fei Chai of the Ocean Modelling Group at the University of Maine Orono (UMO). It is based on the Princeton Ocean Model. Monthly averages of sea surface temperature, sea surface salinity, bottom temperature and bottom salinity can be mapped and downloaded.

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    Add External Data (WFS)

    Add WFS (Web Feature Services) layers to bring in data from Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) compliant sources.

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    Integrate Biological & Physical Data

    Integrate (append) physical oceanographic data to the selected biological data and download as one file.

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    Edit Symbols by Species

    Change the color of the selected species and turn multiple species on or off in the map.

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    Download Data in Multiple Formats

    Download data in a variety of formats including JPEG, PNG, SVG, KML/KMZ, GML, PDF, shapefiles and more.

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    Open Source

    Documentation and source code are open source and available to the community.

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