Access biological and chemical marine data: the BioChem database - 1. Overview

1. Overview

BioChem is an archive of marine biological and chemical data maintained by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). It holds biological and chemical data that are:

  • from department research initiatives
  • collected in areas of Canadian interest

The data held in BioChem are divided into 2 functional areas, which are:

  1. discrete data, usually from water bottle sampling, including:
    • pH
    • nutrients
    • chlorophyll
    • dissolved oxygen
  2. plankton data, usually from towed nets, including:
    • species counts
    • biomass measurements

While the data support climate research, they may also be used for other purposes. These include improving our understanding of ecosystem variability, ground-truthing satellite data, and supporting fisheries research.

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