"Without data you're just another person with an opinion" - W. Edwards Deming
The MBA has pioneered the management and provision of data and information through flagship projects such as the Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN) and the UK Archive for Marine Species and Habitats Data (DASSH)
MBA Research Data
The MBA has a rich data portfolio with time series data running from 1903-present including phytoplankton, zooplankton, rocky shore species and larval and adult demersal fish. The time-series data from the MBA contributes to the Western Channel Observatory and more details of the MBA’s data holdings are available on request from email@example.com
MarLIN provides information to support marine conservation, management and planning. Our resources are based on available scientific evidence and designed for all stakeholders, from government agencies and industry to naturalists and the public. MarLIN hosts the largest review of the effects of human activities and natural events on marine species and habitats yet undertaken.
The Data Team
The Data Team of the MBA provides expertise in the archiving, management, visualization and dissemination of quality-assured marine biodiversity datasets and metadata. The team operates the national biodiversity Data Archive Centre, DASSH, which is accredited through the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN). The Data Team supplies advice, tools and resources enabling maximum value to be gained from biological datasets and additionally provides guidance on compliance with UK and International legislation relating to data governance.
DASSH - The UK Archive for Marine Species and Habitats Data
Accredited through the MEDIN partnership, and core-funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Scottish Government, DASSH provides tools and services for the long-term curation, management and publication of marine...
MarLIN - The Marine Life Information Network
MarLIN provides information to support marine conservation, management and planning. Our resources are based on available scientific evidence and designed for all stakeholders, from government agencies and industry to naturalists and the public. MarLIN hosts the largest review of the effects of...
Mitten Crab Watch
Chinese mitten crabs are officially listed as one of the World's 100 worst invasive species. They can cause damage to fishing gear and river banks, block intake screens, modify natural habitats and compete with native species. It is this economic and ecological damage that makes this crab such...
For more information about the data and information activities of the MBA and the services that can be provided, contact
Dan Lear, Head of Data, Information & Technology
Tel: +44(0)1752 633334 or use the contact form below.