Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee
WoRMS : http://www.marinespecies.org/ (World Reg. Mar. Species)
ERMs : http://www.marbef.org/data/erms.php (Eur. Reg. Mar. Species)
BeRMs : http://www.marinespecies.org/berms/ (Belgian Reg. Mar. Species)
A distribution map is being developed which combines the occurrence records of different databases to study the distribution of marine species and to also see the links between these databases.
The project is envisioned as follows. Using R, all the occurrence records are downloaded from the WoRMS, OBIS, EurOBIS, GBIF and IDIGBIO databases. These are then combined in to a MongoDB database, along with the shapefile of Marine Regions (MR) and Marine Ecoregions Of the World (MEOW). Each shapefile contains a list of polygons, which are linked to the occurrence records via their (latitude/longitude) coordinates. The records also contain a date/time value in most cases. Through an R Shiny app the user can choose the location, taxon and a date range as input. The R Shiny app will query the MongoDB database for the right records and polygons, which will then be plotted on a leaflet map as points and polygons. The infrastructure of this distribution map will be added to the Lifewatch R Shiny projects and to the WoRMS distribution map.
In this traineeship the download is still in progress. The code to download the records is written and is now being applied to download all the records. The MongoDB structure has also been determined.
Further steps of the project, which is the R Shiny app and integration into Lifewatch and WoRMS are still to be done.
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