Final Report

The annual Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO) workshop is organized to facilitate data sharing among countries occupying the established DBO sampling grid in the Pacific Arctic. The MWG is also supporting expansion of the DBO sampling grid to the Atlantic Arctic through workshop support in 2016 for establishment and coordination of Atlantic Arctic DBO sampling. Participation in the 2017 Seattle data sharing meeting included 49 scientists from the United States, Canada, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom, and Poland, with early career scientist participation supported by the MWG. The aim of the overall DBO initiative is to increase the number of observations that can be compiled and synthesized to build a larger and consistent data set in this remote, but rapidly changing region.



  • Shared data gathered in the North Pacific Arctic, within the Distributed Biologic Observatory (DBO) system collected between 2010 and 2017.
  • Discuss the idea of implementing a similar system in the Atlantic Arctic.
  • Discuss the best practices for archiving parameter files and data generated in the DBO.


Date and Location: 

8 - 9 November 2017 | Seattle, United States


IASC Working Group / Committees funding the Project:


Project Lead

Jackie Grebmeier, Sue Moore


Year funded by IASC



Project Status





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