SCAR-MarBIN (SCAR Marine Biodiversity Information Network) establishes and supports a distributed system of interoperable databases, forming the Antarctic Regional OBIS Node, under the aegis of SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research).

SCAR-MarBIN compiles and manages existing and new information on Antarctic marine biodiversity by coordinating, supporting, completing and optimizing database networking. This information will in turn be sent to larger biodiversity initiatives such as OBIS - the information component of the Census of Marine Life (COML)- and GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility). SCAR-MarBIN data policy protocols align with the Antarctic Treaty (Art. III.1) and IPY requirements, as well as data management protocols of GBIF and OBIS.

SCAR-MarBIN integrates these efforts, giving a single and easy access to relevant marine biodiversity information and maximizing the exploitation of these resources.

SCAR-MarBIN will leave a valuable legacy for future generations, in the form of an information tool that will provide a baseline reference for establishing a State of Antarctic Environment, and predicting the future for marine communities around Antarctica, which are currently facing global change.

SCAR-MarBIN is the companion-project of the Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CAML), an ambitious 5-year project which aims at assessing the nature, distribution and abundance of the Southern Ocean biodiversity. CAML will focus the attention of the public on the ice-bound oceans of Antarctica during the International Polar Year (IPY) in 2007/08. SCAR-MarBIN will handle biodiversity data arising from CAML field projects.

SCAR-MarBIN was initiated at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) and is implemented within the Belgian Biodiversity Platform (BBPF). SCAR-MarBIN is supported by the Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO), the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (SLOAN) through the Census of Marine Life (CoML) and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) (SCAR).


antarctic, marine, biodiversity, database


Biological Oceanography {Research discipline}
Chemical Oceanography {Research discipline}
Physical Oceanography {Research discipline}
Animal Systematics, Taxonomy and Phylogeny {Research discipline}
Invertebrate Biology {Research discipline}
Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) {Research discipline}
Biogeography {Research discipline}
Information Systems {Research discipline}
Data Format {Research discipline}
Other Information, Computing and Communication Sciences {Research discipline}
Species {Integration level}
European (EU) {Cooperation status}
International (non-EU) {Cooperation status}
Effect of Biodiversity on Ecosystem Functioning {Research orientation}
Origins, Maintenance and Change of Biodiversity {Research orientation}
Systematics, Inventorying and Classification {Research orientation}
Monitoring of Biodiversity {Research orientation}
Antarctica (marine) {Geographical scope}
Marine and Coastal {Habitat type}
Exchange of Information {Research purpose}
Technical and Scientific Cooperation {Research purpose}
Identification and Monitoring {Research purpose}
Incentive Measures {Research purpose}
Impact Assessment and Minimizing Adverse Impacts {Research purpose}
Animalia {Taxonomical scope}


Name Role Start End
Charbonneau, Danny co-promotor 2006-05-01 2007-06-01
Danis, Bruno co-promotor
Renaudier, Sylvain member 2007-11-01


Name Role Start End
Bioinformatique member 2006-05-01
Freshwater biology member


Name Role Start End
Belgian Biodiversity Platform partner
BIANZO II: Biodiversity of three representative groups of the Antarctic Zoobenthos - Coping with Change partner

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