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North Pacific Pelagic Seabird Database 2.0 (NPPSD)

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The North Pacific Pelagic Seabird Database (NPPSD) was created in 2005 to consolidate data on the oceanic distribution of marine bird species in the North Pacific. Most of these data were collected on surveys by counting species within defined areas and at known locations (that is, on strip transects). The NPPSD also contains observations of other bird species and marine mammals. The original NPPSD combined data from 465 surveys conducted between 1973 and 2002, primarily in waters adjacent to Alaska. These surveys included 61,195 sample transects with location, environment, and metadata information, and the data were organized in a flat-file format. In developing NPPSD 2.0, our goals were to add new datasets, to make significant improvements to database functionality and to provide the database online. NPPSD 2.0 includes data from a broader geographic range within the North Pacific, including new observations made offshore of the Russian Federation, Japan, Korea, British Columbia (Canada), Oregon, and California. These data were imported into a relational database, proofed, and structured in a common format. NPPSD 2.0 contains 351,674 samples (transects) collected between 1973 and 2012, representing a total sampled area of 270,259 square kilometers, and extends the time series of samples in some areas-notably the Bering Sea-to four decades. It contains observations of 16,988,138 birds and 235,545 marine mammals and is available from Supplementary materials include an updated set of standardized taxonomic codes, reference maps that show the spatial and temporal distribution of the survey efforts and a query tool.

Author(s): Piatt, J. F.; Drew, G. S.

Suggested Citation:
Piatt, J. F. and Drew, G. S., 2015, North Pacific Pelagic Seabird Database 2.0 (NPPSD): U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Referenced Publication(s):
Drew, G. S. and J. F. Piatt. 2015. User's Guide to the North Pacific Pelagic Seabird Database 2.0. USGS Open-File Report 2015-1123, 52 p. doi:10.3133/ofr20151123

DataID: 1 | doi:10.5066/F7WQ01T3 | Date Posted Online: 2015-07-10 | Last Updated: 2019-07-29 12:41:38