World Resource Institute



Aquaculture Production: Quantities 1950-2005
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Information and Statistics Service. FISHSTAT Plus -- Universal software for fishery statistical time series. Rome: FAO, 2007.

Assessment of Estuarine Trophic Status (ASSETS)
ASSETS is a searchable database built in cooperation between NOAA and IMAR. ASSETS builds on the U.S. National Estuarine Eutrophication Assessment (NEEA) developed by NOAA. All users have access to information about the approach used in ASSETS, and to the results obtained for the various estuaries. Additionally, there is an area for data input which is restricted to authorized users.

Enclosed Coastal Seas Information Clearinghouse
This Clearinghouse is an online information search engine for issues concerning the enclosed coastal seas. It has been designed, co-ordinated and operated by the International EMECS Centre with the financial assistance by the Ministry of the Environmentof Japan. Users can retrieve various information such as water quality, costal and marine ecosystems, landscape, maritime history and culture as well as environmental guidebook on the enclosed coastal seas from the websites covering 21 enclosed coastal sea areas around the world.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Fisheries & Aquaculture Department
The department objective is to facilitate and secure the long-term sustainable development and utilization of the world's fisheries and aquaculture. The website provides information on a wide range of topics related to fisheries and aquaculture, publications, events, etc. The website also provides access to FAO’s to several global statistical collections (e.g. FAOSTAT) as well as regional geographical profiles, maps, and GIS/remote sensing data.

Global Environment Monitoring System
GEMStat is designed to share surface and ground water quality data sets collected from the GEMS/Water Global Network, including over 1,400 stations, two million records, and over 100 parameters.

Global International Waters Assessment
GIWA publishes comprehensive and integrated assessment reports of international waters for many regions around the world.

Harmful Algae Event Database
The Harmful Algal Information System, HAIS, will when fully established consist of access to information on harmful algal events, harmful algae monitoring and management systems worldwide, current use of taxonomic names of harmful algae, and information on biogeography of harmful algal species. Supplementary components are an expert directory and a bibliography. The database is currently in the testing phase and requires a login. However, you can access maps and bibliography information from this site without a login.

International Lake Environment Committee (ILEC)
ILEC’s objective is to promote the sustainable use and conservation of lakes and reservoirs worldwide to a series of different strategies. The website offers access to a series of publications and a wide-range of link to associated organizations/institutions. Additionally, the World Lake Database providing environmental and socio-economic data of important lakes and reservoirs worldwide is accessible through the webpage.

International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE)
IODE is a branch of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) in charge of collecting, managing, and promoting the exchange of oceanographic data. Here, types of data include metadata, products and information in real-time, near real time and delayed mode. The website provides links to several organizations and their respective datasets of oceanographic parameters.

Large Marine Ecosystems of the World (LME)
The Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) concept or approach established by NOAA divides the world’s oceans in regions with homogeneous eco-physical (e.g. bathymetry, productivity, etc) rather than economical/political characteristics. Accordingly, the LME approach is ecosystem-based and seeks to monitor change in each region in order to take remedial actions geared towards the recovery and sustainable management of marine goods and services. The website provides general information on the concept, the different geographical regions established, reports/publications, as well as GIS data and a number of digital maps.

NASA Earth Observatory NASA’s Earth Observatory collection includes satellite imagery of the planet and global thematic maps in conjunction with relevant datasets (e.g. chlorophyll, sea surface temperature, rainfall, etc).

Seagrassnet is a global seagrass monitoring network. Participants are responsible for monitoring the status of seagrass communities at designated sites (c. 110 in 30 countries) in addition to sampling, recording and analyzing a number of environmental parameters. The website provides access to information on research sites, reports, and access to the global seagrassNET database enabling the user to upload and retrieve information from each site.

United Nations Environment Programme/World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC
UNEP-WCMC is a partnership that aims to provide synthesis, analyses and dissemination of biodiversity knowledge on a global scale. One of its main is goal is to make biodiversity information accessible to countries, organizations, conventions and companies involved in policy implementation and decision making. UNEP-WCMC has a Marine Assessment and Support Programme addressing marine and coastal biodiversity issues globally. The website provides a wealth of information and data ranging from publications/reports, global information on protected areas, global biodiversity atlas, interactive maps, worldwide habitats, international policy, etc. There is an emphasis on data from coastal/marine ecosystems, including seagrass, mangrove, and coral communities as well as region-specific data (e.g. Caspian, Caribbean, etc).


United States

2006 Eelgrass Survey for Eastern Long Island Sound, Connecticut and New York
Tiner, R., H. Bergquist, T. Halavik, and A. MacLachlan. National Wetlands Inventory report. 24 pp. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wetlands Inventory Program , Northeast Region, Hadley, MA, 2007.

Effects of Nutrient Enrichment in the Nation's Estuaries: A Decade of Change
Bricker, S., B. Longstaff, W. Dennison, A. Jones, K. Boicourt, C. Wicks, and J. Woerner. NOAA Coastal Ocean Program Decision Analysis Series No. 26. Silver Spring, MD. National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, 2007.

National Estuarine Eutrophication Assessment: Effects of Nutrient Enrichment in the Nation's Estuaries
Bricker, S.B., C.G. Clement, D.E. Pirhalla, S.P. Orlando, and D.R.G. Farrow. Special Projects Office and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, 1999.

Surf Your Watershed
Surf Your Watershed was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide useful data and information to residents who select their geographic location. Residents learn the name of their watershed, health assessments, stream flow and other water resource data, and watershed groups working in the area.

A Synthesis of Water Quality Data: National Estuarine Research Reserve System-Wide Monitoring Program, Final Report
Sanger, D.M., M.D. Arendt, Y. Chen, E.L. Wenner, A.F. Holland, D. Edwards, and J. Caffrey. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2002.


Europe & Mediterranean

Baltic Operational Oceanographic System (BOOS)
BOOS is a member agency of the European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS) responsible for the study of the Baltic Sea. The website provides access to observations/forecasts of a number of physico-chemical (e.g. salinity, sea surface temperature, currents) and biological (e.g. algae) parameters at different time scales in the Baltic. Access to models and country specific data as well as relevant papers and projects is also available.

Cyprus Coastal Ocean Forecasting and Observing System (CYCOFOS)
The website provides access to the sub-regional forecasting and observing system of the Eastern Mediterranean Levantine Basin. Access is available to forecasts of different meteorological and physico-chemical parameters across the regional sea and/or the entire Mediterranean and Black Sea.

Cyprus Oceanographic Online Database (BYTHOS)
The Website provides access to the BYTHOS database containing information on several physico-chemical and biological parameters of the waters of the Mediterranean spanning an extensive time frame.

Establishment of Arctic Regional Ocean Observing System (ROOS)
ROOS is a member agency of the European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS) (see below) responsible for the study of the Arctic Ocean. The website provides access to daily and long-term/seasonal observations and forecasts of a number of physico-chemical ocean parameters (e.g. ice concentration/extent, salinity, sea surface temperature) in different parts of the Arctic Ocean. Relevant papers and projects are also available.

European Directory of the Ocean-Observing System (EDIOS)
EDIOS is the European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS) searchable metadatabase. The website provides an internet tool allowing the user to extract metadata obtained by European observing systems (e.g. platforms, buoys, satellite imagery) from regional seas.

European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS)
EuroGOOS is an association of governmental agencies and research organizations working with European-scale operational oceanography in conjunction with the intergovernmental Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). Besides providing general information and publications on the EuroGOOS programme, the website also provides links to several member (regional) agencies of EuroGOOS (listed in this section). These agencies provide regional nowcasts/forecasts, oceanographic databases, and bathymetric maps of relevance to those involved with study/management of coastal systems.

French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER) (Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer)
Information regarding France’s coastal seas, aquaculture production, fisheries resources, oceanography, etc, is given in this website. Publications, annual reports, access to software and databases produced and maintained by IFREMER is also provided.

Eutrophication Status of the Norweigian Skagerrak Coast
Molvær,J. W. Eikrem, J. Magnusson, A. Pedersen, and T. Tjomsl. The Norweigian Institute for Water Research, 2007.
This report represents the second effort to classify the Norweigian Skagerrak coast under the Common Procedure for the Identification of Eutrophication Status of the Maritime Area of the Oslo and Paris Commissions on its coastal waters.

French ERS Processing and Archiving Facility (CERSAT) (Centre ERS d'Archivage et de Traitement)
CERSAT is managed by IFREMER and provides satellite imagery obtained from earth observation satellites. The nature of the data - used to infer sea surface state - is of relevance to the oceanographic community and to those involved in the research/management of coastal systems.

Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)
The HCMR is responsible for several scientific/technical research projects and monitoring in the Greek Seas. The website contains annual reports, publications, and links to databases including fisheries data, GIS/remote sensing data, and marine monitoring/meteorological data.

Ireland-Biscay-Iberia Regional Operational Oceanographic System (IBI-ROOS)
IBI-ROOS is a member agency of European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS) responsible for the study of the Iberian-Biscay-Irish maritime region. The website provides access to observations/forecasts of a number of physico-chemical (e.g. temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen) and biological (e.g. chlorophyll a) sea parameters at different spatio-temporal scales in the region.

Israel Marine Data Center (ISRAMAR)
ISRAMAR provides access to several datasets derived from data stations and research cruises. These include near real time, forecasts and archive data on physical, chemical, biological and geological parameters from the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea and the Dead Sea.

Mediterranean Operational Oceanography Network (MOON)
MOON is a member agency of the European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS) responsible for the study of the Mediterranean Sea. The website provides access to observations/forecasts of a number of physico-chemical (e.g. salinity, sea surface temperature, and bathymetry) and biological parameters at different spatio-temporal scales in the Mediterranean. Access to models and regional specific data as well as relevant papers and projects is also available.

North-west Shelf Operational Oceanographic System (NOOS
NOOS is a member agency of the European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS) responsible for the study of the North Sea. The website provides access to observations/forecasts of a number of physical (e.g. sea surface temperature, waves) and cultural (e.g. discharges) parameters at different time scales in the North Sea. Access to models and country specific data as well as relevant papers and projects is also available.

OSPAR Commission
OSPAR is the mechanism by which fifteen Governments of the western coasts and catchments of Europe, together with the European Community, cooperate to protect the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic.

SeaDataNet has a marine data management infrastructure for the management of large and diverse sets of in situ and remote sensing data of seas and oceans.

SIMORC: System of Industry MetOcean Data for Offshore and Research Communities
SIMORC is a database of metocean data, including sea level, current, sea temperature, conductivity, and waves.



China Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs—Water Pollution Map
This site seeks to compile and display water quality and other environmental information in China.


Australian Natural Resource Atlas
The Australian Natural Resources Atlas was developed by the National Land and Water Resources Audit to provide online access to information to support natural resource management.

Australian Natural Resources Data Library
The Australian Natural Resources Data Library can be searched for data and information about Australia's natural resources.

Estuary Assessment 2000
Land and Water Australia: National Land and Water Resources Audit, 2001.
The Estuary Assessment Project 2000 has been undertaken as part of Theme 7 Ecosystem Health of the National Land and Water Resources Audit. The project aimed to 1) assess the current condition/health of Australian estuaries; 2) develop a process-based understanding of estuaries and their diversity across Australia; and 3) contribute to an information base to improve estuary management.

National Land and Water Resources Audit
The Audit provides data, information, and nationwide assessments of Australia's land, water, and biological resources to support sustainable development.

OzCoasts: Australian Online Coastal Information
OzCoasts provides comprehensive information about Australia’s coast, including its estuaries, coastal waterways, and climate change impact. This helps to generate a better understanding of coastal environments, the complex processes that occur in them, the potential environmental health issues and how to recognize and deal with these issues.

Water Quality Online
Water Quality Online is a site for updates and information/downloads on the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality's Queensland Water Quality Program.