A database of seal, whale and bird observations made from ships since the 1978/1979 austral summer shipping season. Observations are typically made from the bridge out one side of the ship. Data held in this database greater than two years old are publicly available. This work forms part of ASAC project 1219 (ASAC_1219).
Initial datasets were from the BIOMASS cruises (ADBEX1,ADBEX2,ADBEX3, SIBEX, FIBEX).
Species distribution data are made available to SCAR-MarBIN (http://www.scarmarbin.be
), OBIS and GBIF via the DiGIR protocol and Darwin Core schema.
As at June 2007, expected distribution counts are 142,000 to OBIS/GBIF and 89,000 to SCAR-MarBIN.