European Ocean Biogeographic Information System

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JNCC seabird distribution and abundance data (all trips) from ESAS database
Joint Nature Conservation Committee Seabirds at Sea Team. JNCC seabird distribution and abundance data (all trips) from ESAS database. In: OBIS-SEAMAP. OBIS-SEAMAP, vector digital data.
Contact: Dunn, Tim

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The European Seabirds at Sea Database (ESAS) was established in 1991 as a collaboration between individuals and institutes who had collected data on the distribution of seabirds and marine mammals in north-west European offshore areas. The most recent version of this database contains over two million records which were collected over 25 years. The founding aim of this project was to merge data from different collaborators and use these to publish an atlas depicting vulnerable concentrations of seabirds to oil pollution. Subsequently, these data have been used for a wide variety of research purposes. The collaboration has also developed and defined common standards in data capture, processing and storage.

Biology > Birds
Marine, Fresh water, Brackish water, Terrestrial, Long-term monitoring, Marine birds, Monitoring, Europe, Aves, Mammalia

Geographical coverage
Europe [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
From 1979 on [In Progress]

Taxonomic coverage
Aves [WoRMS]
Mammalia [WoRMS]

Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), moredata provider

Related datasets
Published in:
EurOBIS: European Ocean Biogeographic Information System, more
OBIS-SEAMAP: Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations, more
(Partly) included in:
Gridded abundance maps of marine birds from the North Sea, more
Gridded abundance maps of marine mammals from the North Sea, more


Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Data collection
Metadatarecord created: 2009-06-09
Information last updated: 2017-11-08
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