International Marine Conservation Congress (part I)



Members of the Gulf of California Marine Program will be traveling to Glasgow to present the latest findings on some of our work. Over the next few days we will share what they will be presenting at the International Marine Conservation Congress. We are excited and look forward to attending other presentations from colleagues and collaborators from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Mexico.

Follow Marcia (@SpatialOctopus), Catalina (@Catlosa_) and Octavio (@octavioaburto) on Twitter as they report on many of the presentations. Take a look at the IMCC3 website for more information:

First one from the team presenting (August 16) is Monica Arancibia-Colgain. A student at Palomar College, Monica has been working with Marcia developing the DataMARES platform. Take a look at her abstract and let us know if you have any questions. The team will be tweeting and reporting from the congress!

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Datamares screen shot


DataMARES: Streamlining communication and collaboration in marine scienceMonica Arancibia-Colgain *, Palomar College; Marcia Moreno-Báez Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego; Obregón-Noriega, V. Centro para la Biodiversidad Marina y la Conservación, A.C.; Sánchez-Rodríguez, A. para la Biodiversidad Marina y la Conservación, A.C; Aburto-Oropeza, O. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego; 

Abstract: The need for developing a comprehensive platform allowing scientists to communicate with stakeholders and decision-makers is great in marine conservation. As decision-makers deliberate policy in the coming years, an extensive resource that provides access to the latest scientific data is essential. Considering rapidly variable influences (e.g. climate change) on systems as complex as coastal and marine ecosystems requires a tool to yield an apt response. So in the age of globalisation and big data, DataMARES seeks to provide a structured platform to streamline communication. The effective use of technology for interdisciplinary collaboration is essential as the capabilities of technology increase. DataMARES is a free, open-source, interactive platform that promotes accessibility to robust scientific data by stakeholders, decision-makers, scientists and the public. Through the collaborative effort of more than ten research institutions DataMARES has already integrated and visualised about 20 years of underwater monitoring data and fishery data. The addition of data, participants and interdisciplinary efforts through DataMARES will only further opportunities in conservation. DataMARES is the foundation of a new innovative science that will allow open, persistent, robust, and secure integration and access of scientific information, to meet the needs of science and society in the understanding of our coast and oceans.

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