The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. It is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. The world is invited to take action in 2010 to safeguard the variety of life on earth. SERPENT is proud to offer our contribution to global understanding of the biodiversity of the deep oceans.
A great site for species identification of fish only.
World list of Pycnogonida or sea-spiders.
for taxonomic information
American site offering an interactive fish identification tool.
A resource about Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish, Nautilus.
NOAA's Office of Protected Resources works to conserve, protect, and recover marine species.
Some of the best guides are the old ones (e.g. the Challenger Report).
A huge resource of information about crinoids.
Often useful in identifying many of the deeper water fauna with a wide depth range.
The Natural History Museum is an international leader in the scientific study of the natural world.
A good set of pages that describe the sea floor environment.
Offshore-technology.com is one of the leading websites covering the needs of the global offshore oil and gas industry.
With WoRMS we aim to provide an authoritative list of names of all marine species globally, ever published.
GBIF is an international organisation that is working to make the world's biodiversity data accessible everywhere in the world. GBIF and its many partners work to mobilise the data, and to improve search mechanisms, data and metadata standards, web services, and the other components of an Internet-based information infrastructure for biodiversity. Use the search facility to locate the global occurence of marine organisms.
A free resource for educational use, supported by the Marine Spatial Ecology Lab at Exeter University and the Royal Society containing a huge number of video files that can be browsed by:
Topic | Species | Location
The files are in a format that can be edited by windows MovieMaker.
Information about sea life from the National Biological Information Infrastructure.
An interesting article that gives an good overview of how ROVs are used in the Oil and Gas industry
In the UK, a similar initiative is the Marine Technology Educational Consortium. The University of Southampton is one of six consortium members.
Oil & Gas links
TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company utilizes popular mapping platform to provide easy access to their products and services around the globe. This is a fascinating Google Earth link that shows all the major oil and gas exploration areas around the world expressed as mapping data. Click on the Earth image on the page or you can open the data on Google Earth directly from this link. If you don't have it you'll need to download Google Earth.
Transverse Mercator Calculator
Lat/Long to UTM converter (gives UTM zone). A facility for converting latitude/longitude co-ordinates to co-ordinates in metres on a Transverse Mercator projection. An Excel Workbook is also available on this page to carry out bulk conversions.