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Marine life is controlled by the very variable conditions in the oceans; some species have certain temperature and salinity requirements, others species need plankton to feed at. OCEBIS (OCEan Biological Information Service) is a web service that aims at providing maps of potential biological drivers that provides the basis for life in the oceans and identifying potential living areas for marine species. Examples are maps of frontal zones and marine spatial connectivity maps. The service currently applies to the European North West Shelf.

Data availability

All data produced by OCEBIS as well as the displayed graphics, are freely available to the public. No registration is necessary. Data is provided as is and without any warranty whatsoever. Usage of data and displayed graphics from OCEBIS should be acknowledged by adding "... generated with / using data from OCEBIS( Data from was generated using E.U. Copernicus Marine Service Information” at a suitable places in the context making usage of OCEBIS data.

How the service is operational

OCEBIS is a downstream service based on Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS). This means that on an hourly basis retrieves new data from Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service and generates maps of potential biological drivers which are made available on In this way, OCEBIS gives a real-time view of the ocean state from a biological point of view. Some data types like spatial connectivity maps are generated on seasonal basis. Due to storage limitations OCEBIS only provides a limited backlog of data. However, the user may download backend software used at and generate any time series downloading data from Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service data archives.