Seabirds at sea data
Seabirds at sea database
Since 1979, the Seabirds at Sea Team (SAST) has conducted
numerous surveys of seabird and cetaceans at sea from ships and
aircraft using standard methods. These data are stored in a
database, which to date contains data from over 750 cruises,
representing transects of approximately 525,000 km in length (over
13 times around the world at the equator) with a total count of
roughly 3.5 million seabirds and cetaceans.
In 1991, SAST formed a partnership with researchers in
north-west Europe engaged in similar research to share data and
co-operate in joint research projects. Much work has been
done amongst these research groups to standardise seabird and
cetacean data collection methods across Europe. This resulted in a
shared database managed by the JNCC on behalf of the European
Seabirds at Sea Database Co-ordinating Group (ESAS) (Reid &
Camphuysen 1998). Many publications have resulted from the use of
these data and ESAS partners have engaged in shared projects, e.g.
the the Joint Cetacean Database, Atlas of cetacean distribution in north-west
(Reid et al.
2003) and Atlas of seabird
distribution in north-west European waters
Access to seabirds at sea data
JNCC is currently working with the OBIS Seamap
Biogeographic Information System - Spatial Ecological Analysis of
Megavertebrate Populations) to present seabirds at-sea data
via their online portal.
If you would like to use the
seabirds at-sea data managd by JNCC for a particular research
project, please contact the Seabirds and Cetaceans Information
Available references / outputs