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Distribution and abundance of seabirds in the Southern Indian Ocean, 1978/1979+
Entry ID: ASAC_2208_seabirds

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Abstract: This dataset comprises data on the distribution and abundance of seabirds in the Southern Indian Ocean.

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 ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -40.0   S: -70.0   E: 160.0   W: 60.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Woehler, E. and Raymond, B.
Dataset Title: Distribution and abundance of seabirds in the Southern Indian Ocean, 1978/1979+
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 1999-10-07
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1981-01-01
Stop Date: 2005-12-31
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SHIPS Ancillary Description
Quality The data were collected from research cruises and resupply vessels in the southern Indian Ocean. The majority of the records were collected between October and March. The technique used for collection is that prescribed by the Biological Investigation of Marine Antarctic Systems and Stocks (BIOMASS) Working Party on Bird Ecology. Meteorological and oceanographic data were also collected concurrently.
Access Constraints These data are publicly available for download from the provided URL.

Distribution records of validated species are published via DiGIR web services to SCAR-MarBIN, OBIS and GBIF data portals.
Use Constraints This data set conforms to the PICCCBY Attribution License (

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Data Center
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
Email: metadata at
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
Distribution Media: HTTP
Distribution Size: 4.2 MB
Distribution Format: csv
Fees: free
Email: eric.woehler at
Contact Address:
Birds Tasmania
City: Hobart
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7001
Country: Australia
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1999-10-07
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23