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 OCEBIS portal is based on Geoserver so that data is displayed on pretty geographical maps; the portal has drop-down menus displaying the available products generated by OCEBIS, as well as static background layers. The portal allows zooming into areas of interest and overlying different maps, and offers a basic toolbox for data exploration. The service currently applies to the European North West Shelf.
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(ocebis.org). Data from ocebis.org 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 ocebis.org 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 ocebis.org. 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 back-end software used at ocebis.org and generate any time series downloading data from Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service data archives.