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The CAML / SCAR-MarBIN Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean

The CAML / SCAR-MarBIN Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean
Claude De Broyer


C. De Broyer1, P. Koubbi2, H.J. Griffiths3, B. Danis4, B. David5, S. Grant3, J. Gutt6, C. Held6, G. Hosie7, F. Huettmann8, A.L. Post9, B. Raymond7,10, Y. Ropert-Coudert11,12, A.P. Van de Putte1 (Editors)

  1. Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium
  2. Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche, UPMC, France
  3. British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, U.K.
  4. Laboratoire de Biologie Marine, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  5. Biogéosciences, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France
  6. Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany
  7. Australian Antarctic Division, Hobart, Australia
  8. Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA
  9. Geoscience Australia, Canberra, Australia
  10. Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia
  11. Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien, Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
  12. Unité Mixte de Recherche 7178, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Strasbourg, France


Biogeographic information is of primary importance for discovering marine biodiversity hotspots, detecting impacts of environmental changes, modelling future distributions, monitoring biodiversity, and supporting conservation and management activities.

The first efforts to synthesize and map Southern Ocean biogeography date back to the Antarctic Map Folio Series (1968–1974). There is now a unique opportunity to attempt an up-to-date synthesis of this knowledge, based on the extensive exploration and assessment of biodiversity by the Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CAML), and the intense compilation and validation efforts of Southern Ocean biogeographic data by the SCAR Marine Biodiversity Information Network (SCAR-MarBIN/AntaBIF) and other Antarctic data centres. This updated synthesis will be able to draw on vastly improved occurrence datasets from recent decades, as well as new insights provided by molecular and phylogeographic approaches, and new methods of analysis, visualization, modelling and prediction of biogeographic distributions.

The multi-authored Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean aims to:

  • Establish, on the basis of an unprecedented amount, diversity, and quality of biogeographic data, a new synthesis of the biogeography of the Southern Ocean (patterns and processes), covering phyto- and zooplankton, macroalgae and zoobenthos, nekton, birds and seals south of 40°S.
  • Assemble in one publication (large format printed atlas and dynamic digital version) a collection of representative maps and syntheses describing the distribution patterns of Southern Ocean organisms (species and assemblages), to provide a benchmark of current biogeographic knowledge after CAML.
  • Contribute to the modelling of biogeographic distributions in the context of environmental changes.
  • Complete and validate the vast amount of occurrence data compiled by the SCAR-MarBIN / AntaBIF network.

More than 120 contributors (biogeographers, taxonomists, ecologists, molecular biologists, IT experts, environmental dataset providers, modellers, and GIS experts) have contributed to the Atlas, which will be published under the aegis of SCAR.

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  • 11th June 2013
    Registrations close
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    Registrations at the venue open
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    Conference commences
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    Conference concludes

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