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Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)

Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)
http://www.iobis.org/
"OBIS is envisioned to be a distributed network of marine biological and environmental data for use in examining the changes in diversity, distribution, and abundance of organisms over time and space."

Census of Marine Life (CoML)
http://www.coml.org
"An international research program assessing and explaining the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine organisms throughout the world's oceans."

Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE): Advancing the Science of Oceanography
http://www.coreocean.org/
"CORE is the Washington, DC based association of U.S. oceanographic research institutions, universities, laboratories and aquaria. Our 63 members represent the nucleus of U.S. research and education about the ocean."

Hexacorallians of the World--sea anemones, corals, and their allies (orders Actiniaria, Ceriantharia, Corallimorpharia, Ptychodactiaria, Scleractinia, and Zoankua)
http://www.kgs.ku.edu/Hexacoral/Biodata/index.html
Data include: Bibliographic reference to the work in which each taxon was originally described; synonymy list for each taxon; taxonomic status of each taxon; images of many species - from the published literature as well as previously unpublished ones; type specimens listed by species and by museum; type locality of each species; published distribution of each species; and list of relevant publications by each author.

CephBase
http://www.cephbase.dal.ca
CephBase is a dynamic html relational database-driven interactive web page. The purpose of CephBase is to provide life history, distribution, catch and taxonomic data on all living species of cephalopods (octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus).

Expansion of CephBase as a Biological Prototype for OBIS
http://www.cephbase.utmb.edu/

The FishNet Distributed Biodiversity Information Syst
http://habanero.nhm.ku.edu/fishnet/
"FishNet is a prototype 'distributed information system' that uses Z39.50 protocols to link together the museum records of Museums and other institutions in a seamless information-retrieval system. Using FishNet and the Species Analyst, anyone with access to the Internet can query the databases of FishNet Partners and obtain a variety of information about the fishes that are in the database."

The Catalog of Fishes On-Line
http://www.calacademy.org/research/ichthyology/catalog/fishcatsearch.html
"This February 2000 Catalog is more recent than the hardbound printed edition (April, 1998)a 3-volume set of 2,905 pp. and a CD-ROM. Many errors have been corrected and new additions made in the on-line version. Treated in the "Catalog of Fishes" are about 55,000 described species and subspecies (= species) of fishes, about 10,300 genera and subgenera (= genera) of fishes, and about 20,000 references. Approximately 4,000 of the species names are not available for use because of technical reasons. About 26,000 species are valid ones, and about 25,000 are synonyms. About 200-300 new species are being described each year. Included in the on-line version are all species, genera, and references, along with the classification, introduction, and list of museum abreviations. Other parts of the printed version are not included, such as the interpretation of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, and the species and genera in a classification, and Appendix B."

FishBase: A Global Information System on Fishes
http://www.fishbase.org/search.cfm
"FishBase is a relational database with information to cater to different professionals such as research scientists, fisheries managers, zoologists and many more. FishBase on the web contains practically all fish species known to science."

SeamountsOnline: The Online Seamount Information System
http://seamounts.sdsc.edu/
"SeamountsOnline is a NSF-funded project designed to gather information on species found in seamount habitats, and to provide a freely-available online resource for searching, downloading, mapping, and analyzing patterns of biogeography in these data. It is designed to facilitate research into seamount ecology, and to act as a resource for managers."

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Sea Anemones and Allies

Sea Anemones
http://www.cyhaus.com/marine/anemone.htm
Very basic information about sea anemones.

Invertebrate Zoology
http://web.nhm.ku.edu/inverts/

Field Guide to Anemone Fishes and Their Host Sea Anemones
http://www.nhm.ku.edu/inverts/ebooks/intro.html
An online version of the book.

Odd organisms associated to the euphausiid Euphausia pacifica
http://www.geocities.com/jgomez64/anemone.html
Parasites of euphausiid's eggs.

Anemones
http://www.actwin.com/fish/species/anemone.html
Information about choosing and caring for an anemone in a home aquarium.

Tuberculate night anemone
http://divegallery.com/night_anemone.htm
Tuberculate night anemone photo and narrative.

Mysteries of the Deep
http://www.mbayaq.org/efc/efc_mod/mod_care_pompom.asp
Highlights on the discovery and care of the Pom-pom anemone.

Environment: The sea anemones, the false flowers of the sea
http://www.edizionisole.it/isv/attinie/eng.attinie.html
General background information about sea anemones.

Introduction to the Actinaria
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/cnidaria/actinaria.html
Introduction to the Actinaria (sea anemones).

Zoantharia (=Hexacorallia)
http://tolweb.org/tree?group=Zoantharia&contgroup=Anthozoa
Background information about the anthozoan subclass Zoantharia, also known as Hexacorallia.

Actinia
http://tolweb.org/tree?group=Actiniaria&contgroup=Zoantharia
Background information about Actiniaria. The information provided on this page is based on Oscar Carlgren's 1949 catalog. Copyright © 1949 Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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General Cnidaria

Phylum Cnidaria, Class Anthozoa
http://www.bishopmuseum.org/research/natsci/invert/anthozoa.htm
A taxonomic list of the Class Anthozoa, given by the Bishop Museum.

Invertebrate Zoology Home Page
http://www.bishopmuseum.org/research/natsci/invert/
Bishop Museum's invertebrate homepage with links to information, staff and images.

Cnidarians
http://www.cyhaus.com/marine/cnidaria.htm
General introduction to Cnidarians.

Class Anthozoa
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Anthozoa.html
General information about the class Anthozoa.

Anthozoa.com
http://www.anthozoa.com
Scientific information about Anthozoa. Since there are many scientists studying zooxanthellate corals, this site is mainly dedicated to the more neglected groups within the Anthozoa. It is an attempt at creating a communication platform for scientists studying anthozoan taxonomy, biology, ecology, phylogeny and biogeography including traditional and modern methods.

Hydrozoa Thecata Campanulinida
http://www.pitt.edu/~sshostak/cnidocyst_database/hy.th.ci.html
Hydrozoa cnidocyst table organized by families.

Cnidaria (Coelenterata)
http://tolweb.org/tree?group=Cnidaria&contgroup=Animals
Background information about the organisms within the phylum Cnidaria.

The Jellies Resource List
JelliesResourceList (MS Word file)

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Environmental

National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP)
http://www.nopp.org/

Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone International Project Office
http://www.loicz.org/
This is the Home Page of the Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme: A study of Global Change (IGBP) of the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU).

LOICZ--Biogeochemical Modelling Node
http://data.ecology.su.se/MNODE/
This Node provides a focus for the aggregation of biogeochemical budget model outputs. The goal is to compile regional carbon/nitrogen/phosphorus data and budget models for numerous coastal areas of the world that can be used to produce global syntheses models of their flux in the coastal zone.

Natural Resources Conservation Service: State of the Land
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/technical/land/
This site provides data and analysis on land use, soil erosion and soil quality, water quality, wetlands, and other issues regarding the conservation and use of natural resources.

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Funding

National Science Foundation
http://www.nsf.gov/
NSF is an independent US government agency responsible for promoting science and engineering to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense.

Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy
http://web.nhm.ku.edu/peet/
NSF announces a special competition, Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy (PEET), to support competitively reviewed research projects that target groups of poorly known organisms. This effort is designed to encourage the training of new generations of taxonomists and to translate current expertise into electronic databases and other formats with broad accessibility to the scientific community.

National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP)
http://www.nopp.org/

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
http://www.sloan.org/main.shtml
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a philanthropic nonprofit institution with interests in science and technology, standards of living, and education.

International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme
http://www.igbp.kva.se/cgi-bin/php/frameset.php
IGBP's mission is to deliver scientific knowledge to help human societies develop in harmony with Earth's environment.

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Biological

ZooGene: A DNA Sequence Database for Calanoid Copepods and Euphausiids
http://www.ZooGene.org/
An international partnership will create a zooplankton genomic (ZooGene) database of DNA type sequences for calanoid copepods and euphausiids. The ZooGene database will be designed to include all species of these groups and to allow expansion to additional zooplankton groups.

Ransom Myers' Stock Recruitment Database
http://www.mscs.dal.ca/~myers/welcome.html
This site consists of maps, plots, and numerical data relating to over 600 fish populations (over 100 species) from all over the world. Approximately 100 new populations are added per year.

CephBase
http://www.cephbase.dal.ca/
CephBase is a dynamic html relational database-driven interactive web page. The purpose of CephBase is to provide life history, distribution, catch and taxonomic data on all living species of cephalopods (octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus).

Archives of MARINE-B@LISTSERV.HEANET.IE: Marine Research Information Network on biodiversity
http://listserv.heanet.ie/marine-b.html

Zooxanthella Diversity and Systematics Home Page
http://symbiodinium.listbot.com/
Zooxanthellae systematics and diversity listserver.

Hexacorallians of the World--sea anemones, corals, and their allies (orders Actiniaria, Ceriantharia, Corallimorpharia, Ptychodactiaria, Scleractinia, and Zoanthidea)
http://www.kgs.ku.edu/Hexacoral/Biodata/index.html
Data include: Bibliographic reference to the work in which each taxon was originally described; synonymy list for each taxon; taxonomic status of each taxon; images of many species - from the published literature as well as previously unpublished ones; type specimens listed by species and by museum; type locality of each species; published distribution of each species; and list of relevant publications by each author.

Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy
http://web.nhm.ku.edu/peet/
The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with academic institutions, botanical gardens, freshwater and marine institutes, and natural history museums, seeks to enhance and stimulate taxonomic research and help prepare future generations of experts. NSF announces a special competition, Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy (PEET), to support competitively reviewed research projects that target groups of poorly known organisms. This effort is designed to encourage the training of new generations of taxonomists and to translate current expertise into electronic databases and other formats with broad accessibility to the scientific community.

Marine Invertebrate Diversity Initiative
http://www.fundyforum.com/MIDI/
"This website is dedicated to increasing our knowledge of the marine invertebrates found in the waters of the Scotian Shelf, Gulf of Maine, and Bay of Fundy. We hope to engage scientists, educators, resource users, environmental managers, naturalists, fishermen and the general public in learning, discovering and respecting the biodiversity of our oceans. Use the Database link to access information about marine invertebrate species, marine habitats, locations or references."

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Corals and Allies

The Acropora Growth Movie Page
http://mars.reefkeepers.net/movie.html
This page has been created to show how fast Acropora can grow, and how an amazing process it is. To allow everyone to see that, and because looking an Acropora growing could be as exciting as looking grass growing, a picture has been taken every day on the same colony, and some movies have been created to see months of process in seconds.

Corals are alive!
http://waquarium.mic.hawaii.edu/coral/index.html
Coral reefs make up one of the most diverse and important habitats on the planet, but reefs are coming under assault from an array of environmental stresses and human impacts. Research at the Aquarium is helping to unlock the secrets of coral biology and has implications for the understanding of these imperiled environments.

Octocoral Research Center
http://www.calacademy.org/research/izg/orc_home.html

Coral Paleoclimatology: What can corals tell us about climate?
http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/paleo/outreach/coral/coralintro.html
As part of NOAA's contribution to the International Year of the Reef (IYOR), this website has been created to provide information on coral paleoclimatology. The site is designed to inform scientific and general audiences about some of the important questions of modern climate variability and the uses of corals to understand past climate.

NOAA's Coral Health and Monitoring Program
http://coral.aoml.noaa.gov/index.html

CoralBase: A Taxonomic and Biogeographic Information System for Scleractinian Corals
http://www.aims.gov.au/pages/cbase.html
CoralBase is a scleractinian coral information system being developed at the Australian Institute of Marine Science to disseminate current information on coral taxonomy and biogeography to the widest possible range of users. Scleractinia are the hard or stony corals included in the Order Scleractinia, of the Class Anthozoa, Phylum Cnidaria. CoralBase is based on 20 years of research conducted at this Institute by Dr. J.E.N. Veron and his colleagues. While concentrating on the Indo-West Pacific region it contains taxonomic and biogeographic data from research, collections and literature worldwide.

National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI)
http://www.nova.edu/ocean/ncri/
Information about the NCRI, including it's formation, mission, goals, actions, research and contacts. Also, outcomes and themes from their International Conference of the Scientific Aspects of Coral Reef Assessment, Monitoring, and Restoration.

Remote Sensing of Coral Reefs
http://oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/SeaWiFS/reefs/
This web interface is being developed as a proof of concept for the use of remotely sensed earth observations from various platforms in the mapping of coral reefs around the globe. This collaboration involves a large number of organizations and individuals from around the world.

Anthozoa
http://tolweb.org/tree?group=Anthozoa&contgroup=Cnidaria
Background information about Anthozoans.

Zoantharia (=Hexacorallia)
http://tolweb.org/tree?group=Zoantharia&contgroup=Anthozoa
Background information about the anthozoan subclass Zoantharia, also known as Hexacorallia.

Hawai'i Coral Reef Network
http://www.coralreefnetwork.com/

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/
This site is the gateway for information on all aspects of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage Area.

MotherJones Action Atlas: Coral Reefs
http://www.motherjones.com/news/special_reports/coral_reef/
The MoJo Wire presents the first installment of the Mother Jones Action AtlasTM: Coral Reefs. It's the first comprehensive look at the state of the world's reefs that shows what you can do to help. Click to learn more about the threats to reefs in more than 90 countries. Click again to reach the people who are doing the vital work of saving those reefs. Then get involved.

Coral Reefs & Mangroves of the World
http://www.wcmc.org.uk/marine/data/coral_mangrove/
Coral reefs are among nature's most spectacular creations. They are one of the most complex, diverse and economically valuable ecosystems in the world but are being rapidly damaged. 10% of the world's reefs are seriously degraded and many more are threatened. Mangroves, which play a vital role in coastal protection and fisheries production, are also at risk globally. Governments, local communities and all those who value and benefit from reefs and mangroves are now uniting to protect and sustainably manage these jewels of the planet.

An Overview of The Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN)
http://www.gcrmn.org
Coral reefs around the world are being damaged and destroyed at an increasing rate. But we cannot be precise about how much and where, because of the special difficulties of monitoring underwater. Thus, there is a need to assess how, where and why damage is occurring and determine the best methods for prevention. By harnessing the interest and skills of all users in reef assessment and management, the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) has been established to tackle these problems and to provide valid management data.

Reefnet
http://www.reefnet.org/
Reefnet is an Internet information service designed to increase the understanding of coral reef ecosystems world wide. Its purpose is to facilitate discourse on coral reefs and make quality reporting available on current scientific articles, research findings, international conservation strategies, and management techniques. By establishing a forum for scientists, conservation organizations and marine artists, Reefnet's goal is to encourage a greater appreciation through knowledge of the coral reef ecosystem.

Reef Check
http://www.reefcheck.org/
If you are a scuba diver, marine scientist, community organizer or simply someone with a love of coral reefs, we need your help. Reef Check is the largest international coral reef monitoring program involving recreational divers and marine scientists. In 1997, Reef Check teams completed the first global survey of coral reefs. Over 750 volunteer sport divers were trained and led by 100 volunteer scientists in surveys of more than 300 reefs in 31 countries.

Reef Relief: Protect Living Coral
http://www.reefrelief.org/library.html
REEF RELIEF is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to Preserving and Protecting Living Coral Reef Ecosystems through local, regional and global efforts.

Reef & Rainforest Expeditions with Coral Cay Conservation
http://www.coralcay.org/
Providing resources to help sustain livelihoods and alleviate poverty through the protection, restoration and management of coral reefs and tropical forests.

ReefBase: A Global Information System on Coral Reefs
http://www.reefbase.org/
ReefBase aims to provide access to data and information on coral reefs and associated shallow tropical habitats. By doing so, we hope to facilitate better understanding of the relationship between human activities and the status and dynamics of these environments.

Coral Bleaching, Coral Mortality, and Global Climate Change
http://www.state.gov/www/global/global_issues/coral_reefs/990305_coralreef_rpt.html
Government report dictating the potential consequences to coral reefs from climate changes.

International Coral Reef Initiative Executive Secretariat Background Paper: State of the Reefs, Regional and Global Perspectives
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/outreach/coral/sor/
The coral reef ecosystems of the world represent an important resource, both in terms of global biological diversity and with respect to the well-being of the people who live near and depend upon them. Many are at risk and need better management. The future actions of managers, scientists, national bodies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local communities and international programs will be critical in saving these natural treasures.

Status of the Worlds Coral Reefs, Executive Summary
http://www.aims.gov.au/pages/research/reefs/wcr-status/wcr-00.html
Contents: How coral reefs respond to stress, Status of the world's reefs, The coral bleaching event of 1997-1998, Global efforts to conserve coral reefs.

Coral Reefs and Global Change: Adaptation, Acclimation or Extinction? Initial Report of a Symposium and Workshop
http://www.coral.noaa.gov/themes/coral_cg.html
Major revisions of concepts about corals and reef systems were developed by an international working group of scientific experts that met in conjunction with the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, the International Society for Reef Studies, and the Ecological Society of America (Boston, January 3-11, 1998) to evaluate the scientific basis for growing concerns about the survival of coral reef ecosystems facing global change and local stresses. The group, sponsored by the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and the Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), and with the support of the NOAA Coastal Ocean Program, produced an interdisciplinary synthesis with important implications for research, assessment, and management.

Neogene Marine Biota of Tropical America (NMITA)
http://porites.geology.uiowa.edu/
NMITA is an online biotic database containing images and data for taxa used in analyses of Tropical American biodiversity over the past 25 million years.

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Tree of Life Web Project

The Tree of Life
http://tolweb.org/tree/phylogeny.html
The Tree of Life is a project containing information about the diversity of organisms on Earth, their history, and characteristics. The information is linked together in the form of the evolutionary tree that connects all organisms to each other.

Anthozoa
http://tolweb.org/tree?group=Anthozoa&contgroup=Cnidaria
Background information about Anthazoans.

Zoantharia (=Hexacorallia)
http://tolweb.org/tree?group=Zoantharia&contgroup=Anthozoa
Background information about the anthozoan subclass Zoantharia, also known as Hexacorallia.

Cnidaria (Coelenterata)
http://tolweb.org/tree?group=Cnidaria&contgroup=Animals
Background information about the organisms within the phylum Cnidaria.

Actiniaria
http://tolweb.org/tree?group=Actiniaria&contgroup=Zoantharia
Background information about Actiniaria. The information provided on this page is based on Oscar Carlgren's 1949 catalog. Copyright © 1949 Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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Oceanography and Climate

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
http://ioc.unesco.org/iocweb/

National Virtual Data System Data & Products
http://nndc.noaa.gov/onlinestore.html

Global Change Master Directory
http://gcmd.nasa.gov
NASA's GCMD is a comprehensive directory of descriptions of data sets of relevance to global change research. The GCMD database includes descriptions of data sets (DIFs) covering climate change, agriculture, the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere & oceans, geology, geography, and human dimensions of global change.

Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC)
http://cdiac.esd.ornl.gov
CDIAC's data holdings include records of the concentrations of carbon dioxide and other radiatively active gases in the atmosphere; the role of the terrestrial biosphere and the oceans in the biogeochemical cycles of greenhouse gases; emissions of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere; long-term climate trends; the effects of elevated carbon dioxide on vegetation; and the vulnerability of coastal areas to rising sea level.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Data Distribution Centre
http://ipcc-ddc.cru.uea.ac.uk
The DDC has been established to facilitate the timely distribution of a consistent set of up-to-date scenarios of changes in climate and related environmental and socio-economic factors for use in climate impacts assessments.

US Global Change Research Program
http://www.usgcrp.gov/
The USGCRP, working with research institutions in the U.S. and beyond our borders, provides the foundation for increasing the skill of predictions of seasonal-to-interannual climate fluctuations (which can bring excessively wet and dry periods) and long-term climate change. The USGCRP also sponsors research to understand the vulnerabilities to changes in important environmental factors, including changes in climate, ultraviolet (UV) radiation at the Earth's surface, and land cover.

U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change
http://www.usgcrp.gov/usgcrp/nacc/default.htm
The U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change for the Nation will provide a detailed understanding of the consequences of climate change for the nation and will examine the possible coping mechanisms that exist to adapt to climate change. This assessment will include regional activities, sectoral activities, and a broad synthesis. It will be conducted as a public-private partnership and will emphasize a process driven by the needs of the stakeholders throughout the country who are best positioned to identify the priority information needs, and the most rewarding ways of responding.

Center for International Earth Science Information Network
http://www.ciesin.org/
CIESIN was established in 1989 as a non-profit, non-governmental organization to provide information that would help scientists, decision-makers, and the public better understand their changing world. CIESIN specializes in global and regional network development, science data management, decision support, and training, education and techincal consultation services.

List of Available Climate Data Archives
http://climate.geog.udel.edu/~climate/html_pages/archive.html
Global, South American and Arctic climate data archive links.

National Oceanographic Data Center
http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/
The National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) is one of three NOAA environmental data centers, and serves as a national repository and dissemination facility for global ocean data.In the words of its charter, the NODC serves to "acquire, process, preserve, and disseminate oceanographic data." Its primary mission is to ensure that global oceanographic data collected at great cost is maintained in a permanent archive that is easily accessible to the world science community and to other users.

National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service
http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov
The NOAA / NESDIS mission is to provide and ensure timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect, and enhance the Nation's economy, security, environment, and quality of life. To fulfill its responsibilities, NESDIS acquires and manages the Nation's operational environmental satellites, provides data and information services, and conducts related research.

National Geophysical Data Center Popular Products List
http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/mgg/announcements/products.html

Global Climate Change: Selective List of Online Resources
http://www.pacinst.org/biblio/index.php