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Historical Plankton Data Search and Rescue   (COPEPOD-SAR)
An effort to recover and make historical plankton data readily available to the scientific community.

(logo) COPEPOD Historical Plankton Data Search and Rescue Project
To study the effects of environmental change on the plankton community (e.g., long-term changes in climate, an oil spill, the introduction of exotic species), one must first have a historical record of that community.   The problem is that these questions can not even be addressed without the investigator first putting a huge effort into locating and compiling the data for this historical record.   While scientists have been sampling the plankton community for almost a century, much of these data are not readily available to the research community.   Many data are inaccessible, scattered through numerous libraries and institutions, buried in journals, cruise reports and other non-digital (paper) formats.
COPEPOD-SAR, the Historical Plankton Data Search & Rescue project, is an ongoing effort to locate and key non-digital plankton data reports and documents, making them available to the scientific community.   Once key-entered and quality reviewed, this project makes these new old data available again via the Coastal & Oceanic Plankton Ecology, Production & Observation Database (COPEPOD). fading timeline graphic

Historical Plankton Data Search & Rescue (COPEPOD-SAR)


"On this day" is based on the current contents of the NMFS-COPEPOD plankton database.


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Do you have non-digital plankton data?

Dig it out, dust it off, and send it in!   If you can't send a photocopy, the original document(s) will be carefully handled and safely returned (along with a keyed copy of the data contents).   These data will also be made available on COPEPOD, with credit to you as a data contributor in the COPEPOD investigator summary and searching systems.   Help us grow!

Send us an email:   Todd.OBrien@noaa.gov   ( Project Leader ).


COPEPOD-SAR   Funding History

YEARS SOURCE:   Project Title - (Authors)
FY-2005-2011 CDMP:   Historical Plankton Data Rescue - (O'Brien)
Source: Climate Database Modernization Program (CDMP)
FY-2003-2004 NES_03-44:   Rescue and Processing of Historical Plankton Data - (O'Brien)
Source:  Environmental Services Data & Information Management (ESDIM)
FY-2001-2002 NES_01-37:   Rescue and Processing of Historical Plankton Data - (O'Brien)
Source:  Environmental Services Data & Information Management (ESDIM)
FY-1999-2000 NES_99-18:   Rescue and Processing of Historical Plankton Data - (O'Brien & Conkright)
Source:  Environmental Services Data & Information Management (ESDIM

COPEPOD-SAR   Online Results




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