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Linking biodiversity occurrence data to the physical and biotic environment provides a framework to formulate hypotheses about the ecological processes governing spatial and temporal patterns in biodiversity, which can be useful for marine ecosystem management and conservation. Bio-ORACLE offers a user-friendly solution to accomplish this task by providing 18 global geophysical, biotic and climate layers at a common spatial resolution (5 arcmin) and a uniform landmask.

 Aquaculture application: Oceanographic and biophysical data at depth, helping to determine if needed environmental conditions are in place for five to ten year aquaculture permit.

Contributing Partners: Ghent University, LifeWatch, VLIZ, CCMAR

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NCCOS delivers ecosystem science solutions for stewardship of the nation’s ocean and coastal resources to sustain thriving coastal communities and economies.

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