Coastal & Marine Ecological Classification Std

Coastal & Marine Ecological Classification Std

Coastal & Marine Ecological Classification Std 1920 1080 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

United States Interagency Working Group on Ocean and Coastal Mapping (IWG-OCM) – United States of America (USA)

The Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) provides a standard language and framework for interpreting and synthesizing environmental data with associated faunal communities into comprehensive representations of habitat (biotopes).

A content update that incorporates new scientific knowledge and methods, and a technological transformation into an accessible and interoperable digital resource will allow CMECS to play a unique role as a node in the Marine Life 2030 global network-of-networks by providing the ecological context necessary for understanding the behavior of marine species. Harmonizing CMECS with the IOC-UNESCO IODE Ocean InfoHub to increase international alignment among knowledge resources is also planned.

Start date: 01/01/2021
End date: 30/12/2030

Lead Contact: Kate Rose (

challenges: 8- Digital Representation of the Ocean, 9- Capacity Development
host_programme: Marine Life 2030
ocean_basins: Arctic Ocean, Indian Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean, South Atlantic Ocean, South Pacific Ocean, Southern Ocean
type_of_action: Project


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