The CBMP is in the process of developing the Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS) the online data portal that will access, integrate, analyze, and display biodiversity information from many circumpolar sources.
This system will allow for the combination of geo-referenced data at various spatial, temporal, and taxonomic scales (e.g., populations, regions, nations, circumpolar, biomes, habitats) allowing users to explore relationships and factors driving change.
The ABDS will provide a dynamic source for up-to-date Arctic biodiversity information and emerging trends, and serve as a focal point and common platform for all participating networks.
Consolidating the vast amount of disaggregated data across all Arctic sub-regions and biomes will improve access to biodiversity status and trends information and promote a deeper understanding of inter-relationships at the local, regional, circumpolar and global scale.
All information within the web-based data portal will be in the public domain. Data management will be in accordance with the Conservation Commons and the International Polar Year (IPY) data policies.
The CBMP’s ABDS will be developed as follows:
Another key source of data is the Arctic Species Trend Index. This CBMP-commissioned project tracked over 1000 datasets and displays trend information for 35% of Arctic vertebrate species. A series of assessments are ongoing.
The CBMP is also involved in the creation of the Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure project, which, in cooperation with national mapping agencies, will create a harmonized map of the entire Arctic region
CAFF is exploring the integration of data with the existing Arctic Council ArcticData Portal, a data-sharing partnership between CAFF and the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME). On ArcticData, users can access information on: