Marine Bird Sighting Data, Arctic Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (AMBON) Chukchi Sea research cruise on the vessel Norseman II from 2015-08-09 to 2015-09-03

Latest version published by United States Geological Survey on Jan 2, 2020 United States Geological Survey

This dataset contains seabird survey and associated environmental conditions data collected in the Chukchi Sea during the 9 August - 3 September 2015 Arctic Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (AMBON) research cruise. Seabirds were surveyed using line transect methods. Seabird observations were recorded directly into a laptop computer using software which logged the geographic coordinates of each sighting. Incidental sightings of marine mammal were also recorded. Supplementary environmental data are included for the beginning of each survey period. The dataset is two comma-separated values (csv) files. The file named dlog_2015_dwc_core.csv contains the count of observed marine birds and mammals by species, their behavior, and the environmental conditions recorded during the surveys for the 2015 research cruise. The file named taxon_codes_2015.csv is an associated taxon code list of the observed species. This dataset was transformed from the native format into a table structure using Darwin Core term names as column names.

Data Records

The data in this sampling event resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 46,296 records. 2 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Event (core)
  • ExtendedMeasurementOrFact 
  • Occurrence 

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 46,296 records in English (5 MB) - Update frequency: unknown
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The publisher and rights holder of this work is United States Geological Survey. To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: d021ed3a-7179-4f25-bfd3-90d72cc6fd38.  United States Geological Survey publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.




Who created the resource:

Kathy Kuletz
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Daniel Cushing
Pole Star Ecological Research LLC
Elizabeth Labunski
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Katrin Iken
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Daniel Cushing
Pole Star Ecological Research LLC

Who filled in the metadata:

Chris Turner
Data Librarian
Axiom Data Science

Who else was associated with the resource:

Abigail Benson

Geographic Coverage

Chukchi Sea, Alaska, USA

Bounding Coordinates South West [67.617, -168.943], North East [72.494, -164.113]

Additional Metadata

marine, harvest by iOBIS

Alternative Identifiers d021ed3a-7179-4f25-bfd3-90d72cc6fd38