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GIS & Geospatial Data Services

Alex Marden is part of the Research Data Services (RDS) team within Research Support & Digital Initiatives (RSDI) and started his position as GIS and Geospatial Data Coordinator with UT Libraries in September 2023. 

Alex will be supporting all members of the campus community who are engaged in geospatial research and instruction while also helping expand our capacity to share the geospatial data in the UT Libraries' collections.

Please contact Alex if you need assistance and schedule a Zoom meeting to discuss the use of geospatial data in your research or applications of GIS in marine science research. Find all of his GIS related resources in one central location: and schedule a time to meet or contact him via email regarding any GIS questions you might you have. 

Data Portals for Marine Science Data

A very comprehensive list of marine science data portals can be found at The table below highlights some of the portals featured on that list and includes others that may be relevant for those engaged in the study of coastal and marine environments.

Name Data Download Site(s)

Joint open access repository of the UNESCO/IOC IODE and IAMSLIC with support from the FAO Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts; thematic repository covering the natural marine, coastal, estuarine / brackish & fresh water environments

Catalogue of Life

A single integrated species checklist and taxonomic hierarchy; holds essential information on the names, relationships and distributions of over 1.8 million species.

Encyclopedia of Life

Database with search funtion; aims to include all species on earth.

GBIF - Global Biodiversity Information Facililty

International network and research infrastructure funded by the world's governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data all types of life on Earth. Data can be accessed from within R using the package rgbif.

                  NOAA National Hurricane Center and                       Cental Pacific Hurricane Center
OBIS - Ocean Biodiversity Information System

Global open-access data and information clearing-house on marine biodiversity for science, conservation and sustainable development.


Great collection of regional to global data & repositories based at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

World Ocean Database

World's largest collection of uniformly formatted, quality controlled, publicly available ocean profile data.


World Register of Marine Species - authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms.

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