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COPEPOD: Coastal and oceanic plankton ecology, production and observation database
Citation
NMFS-COPEPOD: the global plankton database. ONLINE. 2009. Available: http://www.st.nfms.noaa.gov/plankton [15-Feb-2009].
Contact: O'Brien, Todd

Access data
Availability: Restricted
The data are withheld from general circulation and disclosure but access may be obtained on a case-by-case basis through negotiation

Description
COPEPOD is a new effort by NOAA - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to provide investigators with an integrated data set of quality-controlled, globally distributed plankton abundance, biomass and composition data, along with co-sampled environmental data. more

COPEPOD is a new effort by NOAA - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to provide investigators with an integrated data set of quality-controlled, globally distributed plankton abundance, biomass and composition data, along with co-sampled environmental data. NMFS-COPEPOD is designed to help the investigator easily see exactly what data are currently available and then download it in a usable format. In addition to data distribution maps, NMFS-COPEPOD offers a variety of content summaries and searching options (see the CONTENTS and SEARCH sections). NMFS-COPEPOD makes every effort to include investigator, institution, and project credit for all data present. Without them, this database could not exist. This information is present in the data summaries and also in the HALL OF FAME section. Unfortunately some of the older original data formats did not include this information, and it was lost. If you are familiar with the project, institution, or investigators of a data summary which is missing this information, please let us know and we will add it. Likewise, if you have or are aware of any other available plankton data, please let us know. The Hall of Fame features investigators and contributors. (You can remain anonymous, too, if you choose.) NMFS-COPEPOD first went online on in August of 2004. Full database content and method summaries are released every other year (e.g. COPEPOD-2007, COPEPOD-2005), with new data content added and immediately available online each month. Global mean fields of zooplankton biomass are also available ( "COPEPOD-2005" ). The purpose of NMFS-COPEPOD is to provide investigators with an integrated data set of quality-controlled, globally distributed plankton biomass and abundance data, along with any collocated physical, chemical, and biological oceanographic variables, in a common electronic format with supporting documentation and access software. By doing this, NMFS-COPEPOD allows the investigator to spend their time analyzing the data rather than compiling it. NMFS-COPEPOD places special emphasis on preserving adequate metadata (information about the collecting and processing methods) to ensure that the data in this database are useful in the present and future. Perhaps the most important piece of metadata is acknowledgment for the people that originally collected and processed the plankton samples. Without their efforts and expertise, these data, and NMFS-COPEPOD itself, would not exist. When available, the collecting investigators, projects, and institutes are featured in the COPEPOD data summaries and data files. There is also a Hall of Fame, listing investigators and their contributions to the database. Unfortunately, sometimes this information is not available to us, having been lost or separated from the original data before we acquired it. We encourage our users to report missing or incorrect information. We also encourage our users to consider adding their name to our Hall of Fame, by contributing or referring data sources.

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Phytoplankton, Biology > Zooplankton
Keywords:
Marine, Phytoplankton, Zooplankton, World Waters

Geographical coverage
World Waters [Marine Regions]

Contributors
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), moredata manager

Related datasets
Child dataset:
NMFS-COPEPOD: The Global Plankton Database, WEBSEC Sub-Collection, more


Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Data collection
Metadatarecord created: 2010-02-15
Information last updated: 2010-02-15
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