Finding Marine Science Data

Finding Marine Science Data

This guide will help you find resources for marine science datasets. It includes general, subject-based, and local data repositories for oceanographic and biological data. Need assistance? Ask us!

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

    • NOAA Digital Coast
      • Habitat and species, imagery, water quality, landcover data, and more
    • BOEM (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management)
      • Habitat and species, boundary, oceanographic data and more to support marine planning.

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

  • EPA EnviroAtlas
    • Environmental data from the EPA for viewing and download. Includes over 500 data layers, including information on pollution, vulnerable species, hydrology, and much more! 
    • EnviroAtlas Interactive Map: This easy to use, interactive mapping application does not require any GIS skills to use and provides ready access to 500+ maps and multiple analysis tools. You can even load your own data to add the the analysis.
    • Download the data in bulk or integrate with GIS tools using GIS toolboxes.

EOSDIS NASA  (Earth Observing System Data and Information System) 

  • EOSDIS Ocean Data
    • Data describing many ocean processes including ocean circulations, winds, heat exchange between the ocean and atmosphere, the interaction of solar radiation with the ocean, and sea ice.

IODE (International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange)

Ocean Drilling Program

  • Ocean Drilling Program
    • Marine geoscience data: paleontological, lithostratigraphic, chemical, physical, sedimentological, and geophysical data for ocean sediments and hard rocks.

USGS (United States Geological Survey)


MGDS (Marine Geoscience Data System)

  • Marine Geoscience Data System Repository 
    • The Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS) is a trusted data repository that provides free public access to a curated collection of marine geophysical data products and complementary data related to understanding the formation and evolution of the seafloor and sub-seafloor.

Ocean Biodiversity Information System System (OBIS)

  • Search by Taxa or Map
    • OBIS is a global open-access data and information clearing-house on marine biodiversity for science, conservation and sustainable development.

GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility)

  • Global Biodiversity Information Facility Datasets
    • GBIF—the Global Biodiversity Information Facility—is an international network and data infrastructure funded by the world's governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on Earth.

Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON)

Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)

  • IOOS Catalog
    • Global portal of oceanographic observations and forecast products. Includes CeNCOOS data.

Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC)

  • Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center
    • The Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) is a NASA Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) data center managed by the Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) Project. The PO.DAAC is operated by Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. In addition to providing access to its data holdings, PO.DAAC acts as a gateway to data stored at other ocean and climate archives. This and other tools and services enable PO.DAAC to support a wide user community working in areas such as ocean and climate research, applied science and industry, natural resource management, policy making, and general public consumption.



  • DataONE 
    • Environmental data from ~45 member repositories


  • Figshare
    • General repository; well-known and well-used


  • Dryad
    • All disciplines (formerly biology and then general science, so science is more represented)


  • Zenodo
    • Non-profit, open science repository


CeNCOOS (Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System)

MLML (Moss Landing Marine Laboratories) 

MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute ) 

ESNERR (Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve)

Atlas of Marine Protection (MPAtlas)

USGS Protected Areas

CA Wetlands portal

See Finding GIS Data library guide for more information. (Coming soon!)

Open Access Directory

Nature Scientific

Purdue OWL

  • Purdue OWL
    • A resource for all types of citations and many style guides. You'll find datasets in the Electronic Sources category and images in the Audiovisual category.

ESIP (Earth Science Information Partners)

USGS (United States Geological Survey)

  • USGS Data Citation Guide
    • This excellent guide shows required elements, examples, and has a detailed FAQ for all your thorny data citation questions.

SJSU King Library

Example Journal Guidelines: