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Current Programmes and databases with relevance to INDEEP WG Themes:


The World Register of Deep-Sea Species (WoRDSS) is a taxonomic database of deep-sea species based on the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). The site was launched in December 2012 as  an INDEEP project and will be regularly updated.

The aim of a World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is to provide an authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including information on synonymy. While highest priority goes to valid names, other names in use are included so that this register can serve as a guide to interpret taxonomic literature.

The aim of ChEssBase is to provide taxonoical, biological, ecological and distributional data of all specis described from deep-water chemosynthetic ecosystems, as well as bibliography and information on the habitats. 

SeamountsOnline has been gathering data on species that have been observed or collected from seamounts and providing these data through a freely-available online portal. It is designed to facilitate research into seamount ecology, and to act as a resource for managers

The Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) is an evolving strategic alliance of people organizations sharing a vision to make marine biogeographic data, from all over the world, freely available over the World Wide Web.

GenBank ® is the NIH genetic sequence database, an annotated collection of all publicly available DNA sequences.
The International Seabed Authority is an autonomous international organization established under the 1982 United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea and the 1994 Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Authority is the organization through which States Parties to the Convention shall, in accordance with the regime for the seabed and ocean floor and subsoil thereof beyond the limits of national jurisdiction (the Area) established in Part XI and the Agreement, organize and control activities in the Area, particularly with a view to administering the resources of the Area.

The Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative is an international partnership advancing the scientific basis for conserving biological diversity in the deep seas and open oceans. It aims to help countries, as well as regional and global organisations, to use and develop data, tools, and methodologies to identify ecologically significant areas in the oceans, with an initial focus on areas beyond national jurisdiction.

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force on 29 December 1993. It has 3 main objectives: 1) The conservation of biological diversity; 2) The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity; 3) The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization. Conserving biodiversity is central to the mission of IUCN. We demonstrate how biodiversity is fundamental to addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges such as climate change, sustainable development and food security.

The World Ocean Council is an unprecedented international, cross-sectoral industry leadership alliance on "Corporate Ocean Responsibility". WOC brings together the diverse ocean business community to collaborate on stewardship of the seas. 

The aim of the Global Ocean Commission is to formulate politically and technically feasible short-, medium- and long-term recommendations to address four key issues facing the high seas: overfishing; large-scale loss of habitat and biodiversity; the lack of effective management and enforcement; and deficiencies in high-seas governance.

Deep ocean Stewardship Initiative has been set up to advance a sweries of grand challenges and develop solutions through a socio-ecological research and decision-making framework that will maintain the functions and services of the deep-ocean for future generations.  This initiative links major oceanographic institutions, economics and policy centres, national facilities, museums, intergovernmental organizations and stakeholders. 
The Ocean Exploration Trust, in partnership with the University of Rhode Island and Sea Research Foundation, is pleased to announce the launch of Exploration Now, a new interactive project providing live coverage of exploration from around the world accessible to the general public at
SponGES is a research and innovation project funded under the H2020 Blue Growth BG1 call aimed at “Improving the preservation and sustainable exploitation of Atlantic marine ecosystems”. Its overarching goal is to develop an integrated ecosystem-based approach to preserve and sustainably use deep-sea sponge ecosystems of the North Atlantic.
InterRidge: International cooperation in ridge-crest studies.
Canadian Healthy Oceans Network - CHONe: An NSERC strategic network focused on biodiversity science for the sustainability of Canada's three oceans. The network includes researchers from 15 universities across Canada, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and seven other government laboratories.
HERMIONE: The HERMIONE (Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man's Impact on European Seas) project is a Collaborative Project funded under the European  Commission's Framework 7 programme. HERMIONE is the successor to the highly successful Hermes project HERMES project, which finished in March 2009. It is designed to make a major advance in our knowledge of the functioning of deep-sea ecosystems and their contribution to the  production of goods and services.

Census of Marine Life was a 10-year international effort undertaken to assess the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine life, a task never before attempted on this scale. The Census stimulated the discipline of marine science by tackling these issues globally and engaging some 2700 scientists from around the globe, who participated in 540 expeditions and countless hours of land-based research. The scientific results were reported on October 4, 2010 at the Royal Institution in London.

  Collaborative Research: Connectivity in western Atlantic seep populations: Oceanographic and life-history processes underlying genetic structure.  An interdisciplinary team will integrate studies of oceanographic ciruclation, larval dispersal, invertebrate life histories, population genetices and phylogeography to explore questions of contemporary and historical connectivity in relatively unexplored deep-sea chemosynthetic ecosystems: Blake Ridge, Florida Escarpment, Alaminos Canyon, Brine Pool, Barbados (El Pilar, Orenoque A, Orenoque B).  PIs: CL Van Dover (Duke), C Cunningham (Duke), C Young (U Oregon), S Maslakova (U Oregon), D Eggleston (North Carolina State University), R He (North Carolina State university). 

DEEPSEASCAPE - Database of images showing the deep-water environment aroud the UK to illustrate different habitat types and biodiversity.  This website wasdeveloped as part of a wider project to raise awareness of the deep-sea heritage of the UK. The Deep-sea Conservation for the UK (DC-UK) project tackled three central elements – biodiversity, management policy and public awareness. The image library comprises an easily accessible relational database with a choice of search options. The site also covers related topics including information regarding exploration of UK deep waters, different habitat types with specific examples, and information on image collection methods. The site aims to provide images for use by the media, NGO’s, decision makers, educators and the general public with the aim to raise awareness of the biology, conservation and threats to UK deepwater habitats and species.This website was developed under the DC-UK project (2006) sponsored by theEsmée Fairbairn Foundation.

 ‘Antarctic Benthos’ team (BENTART) is composed by almost 40 researchers working in about 20 research centres in Spain. Within this group there are many taxonomist experts on different invertebrate and fish groups (50 taxa), who work in collaboration with taxonomists from other countries.
Deep-Sea Species Image Catalogue.  In 2010, a catalogue was developed by Dr Kerry Howell and Jaime Davies at the University of Plymouth,UK, for use in the analysis of epibenthic megafauna from stills images and video data.  The overall aim of producing the online catalogue is to aid in the standardisation of identification of deep-sea species from video and image data. If you have images you would like to contribute to the catalogue, either better images of something already in the catalogue or images of species new to the catalogue, please contact Dr Howell. All images remain the property of the contributor.

Howell, K.L., Davies, J.S. (2010) Deep-sea species image catalogue. Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre, Marine Institute at the University of Plymouth. On-line version

JAMSTEC Deep Sea Image Database.  Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) has launched a database (2009) for deep sea still images which were obtained by JAMSTEC's deep sea research vehicles.
Perseus - The overall scientific objectives of PERSEUS are to identify the interacting patterns of natural and human-derived pressures on the Mediterranean and Black Seas, assess their impact on marine ecosystems and, using the objectives and principles of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive as a vehicle, to design an effective and innovative research governance framework based on solid scientific knowledge. This research governance framework will engage scientists, policy-makers and the public, thereby reaching a shared understanding and informed decision-making based on sound scientific knowledge, with particular reference to the MSFD and other relevant policies and initiatives. 
Deep Sea Coral and Sponge Image Database (2010).  NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Centre, Habitat Ecology Team.
Scientists on the Road is an educational outreach project developed by Athena Drakou, Knowledge Exchange Officer, National Oceanography Centre Southampton. 

The TerraMar Project, officially launched in September 2012 at the Blue Ocean Film Fesitval, California aims to celebrate and protect our high seas.

HERMIONE Image Bank.  The HERMIONE (Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man's Impact on European Seas) project is a Collaborative Project funded under the European Commission's Framework 7 programme. On their website, there is an image gallery with deep-sea images of submarine canyons, chemosynthetic environments and cold-water corals.

The deep-waters of the United Kingdom are not featureless expanses of mud. They support an amazing diversity of life, from dense sponge belts, cold-water coral reefs to fields of weird single-celled organisms called xenophyophores. The Deep-sea Conservation for the UK (DC-UK) project was developed to tackle three central elements; biodiversity, management policy and public awareness of the UK's deep-sea environment. Although this project is now over, the website is still useful:

ABYSSLINE Abyssline is an Abyssal Basline Project for the CCZ.  An international program that is using the best available technology to undertake benthic biological baseline studies in accordance with ISA environmental guidelines using state‐of‐the‐art approaches in deep‐sea ecological, taxonomic, and connectivity studies in the UK-1 Claim Area.
JPI Oceans

TheJoint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans) Exploring deep-sea resources programme works to coordinate efforts to undertake a high resolution, multi-beam survey and habitat distribution and develop fit for purpose equipment for the deep-sea. The mapping effort will be combined with research on deep-sea ecosystems and habitats. This will develop a better understanding of the impacts of exploitation of deep-sea resources and provide guidance for environmental impact assessments.

The MIDAS partnership comprises 32 organisations from across Europe, including research institutes, universities, specialist SMEs and industry partners. This partnership brings together a wealth of scientific expertise in deep-sea biology, ecology, biochemistry, oceanography, geology and geochemistry to work alongside specialists in marine policy, environmental regulation and legislation. A critical component of the partnership is the expertise in deep-sea exploitation operations and technologies brought by our industry partners, who will also drive the engagement with other commercial stakeholders in the offshore sector.

A Trans-Atlantic assessment and deep-water ecosystem-based spatial management plan for Europe.  ATLAS creates a dynamic new partnership between multinational industries, SMEs, governments and academia to assess the Atlantic's deep-sea ecosystems and Marine Genetic Resources to create the integrated and adaptive planning products needed for sustainable Blue Growth.

ATLAS will gather diverse new information on sensitive Atlantic ecosystems (including Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs) and Ecologically or Biologically Sensitive Areas (EBSAs)) to produce a step-change in our understanding of their connectivity, functioning and responses to future changes in human use and ocean climate.  This is possible because ATLAS takes innovative approaches to its work and interweaves its objectives by placing business, policy and socioeconomic development at the forefront with science.

INCISE, the International Network for submarine Canyon Investigation and Scientific Exchange is an initiative that aims to bring together scientists working on all aspects of submarine canyon research, and to stimulate discussions across disciplines.