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GRID-Arendal’s Ocean Commons for Environmental and Natural resources Information and Data Sharing system (OCEANIDS), seeks to provide end users with an interdisciplinary and multi-thematic geospatial and metadata portal of public marine scientific data and information. New areas of the deep ocean environment are facing management challenges related to the potential impacts of various human activities.

The global community, with developing states and small island developing states in particular, requires credible, science-based marine data and information for purposes that include support to scientific investigation, spatial planning and environmental and natural resource management in an overall effort to promote the sustainable use of the oceans.


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OCEANIDS builds upon the successful development and implementation of the UNEP Shelf Programme’s One Stop Data Shop.

It gathered together public marine geophysical and geological geospatial information and metadata for use by developing countries and small island developing states working to delineation the outer limits of the continental shelf.


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The technical development of OCEANIDS will be designed with the non-GIS expert end-user in mind. The capacity to visualize, examine and perform basic comparative analyses of datasets will be provided through a public web-based service.

The interface focuses on ease of search- and accessibility. Access to the data inventories of partners will be accomplished using Open Geospatial Consortium protocols.


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OCEANIDS functions primarily as a searchable catalogue of publicly available datasets needed to support scientific, management and policy decisions.


OCEANIDS’ secondary function will involve accessing relevant public data for uses that include, but not limited to:

  • Assessing the state of the deep sea environment inside and outside areas of national jurisdiction

  • Providing developing states with qualitative evaluations of non-renewable marine resources

  • Prospectively mapping for deployment of marine renewable energy systems with jurisdictions of developing states

  • Mapping of benthic habitats and marine and coastal ecosystems to support marine spatial planning

  • Using data compilations to support proper valuation of deep sea ecosystems facing the impacts of human activities

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GRID-Arendal is always interested in establishing new partnerships with relevant data holders. We hereby invite all holders of relevant data to contribute their basic inventories and metadata. OCEANIDS also seeks to ensure that no duplication of effort occurs and as such we greatly welcome all feedback, suggestions and proposals for collaborations. All queries can be directed to the coordinator, Data and Information Management and Visualization Team at UNEP/GRID-Arendal.

Anyway, what's an OCEANID?

In Greek mythology and, later, Roman mythology, the Oceanids were the three thousand daughters of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys. Each was the patroness of a particular spring, river, sea, lake, pond, pasture, flower or cloud.

Source: Wikipedia

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