Explore the Data | MARINe

Data Visualization


  • GIS Interactive Map and Data Display—allows user to create visual summaries of data from our two primary survey types across all MARINe sites
    1. Coastal Biodiversity Surveys—display coast-wide species range and abundance data, community metrics (e.g. species richness), and physical metrics (e.g. reef slope).
    2. Long-Term Surveys—display summary metrics (in development)
  • Sea Star Wasting Syndrome tracking map—display observations of sick and healthy sea stars by species across all sites surveyed by researchers, citizen science groups, and the general public


  • Interactive
    1. Create custom, downloadable graphs from Biodiversity (site-wide percent cover and density), Long-Term Survey data (percent cover, counts, and size structure within fixed plots), or Water Temperature data.

Data Files Available for Downloading

Long-term Survey data for most species at a subset of sites can be downloaded after completing a brief data request form. If you are requesting data from sites within the National Park System you will also need to fill out a research permit hereData for sites not included, for species of concern, and for Biodiversity Surveys are available by request. Please refer to our Data Assets and Use Guidelines document for information about the types of data collected and guidance on data usage.

Archived Photos of Fixed-Location Plots

At each of our long-term monitoring sites, photos are taken annually or semi-annually of every permanently marked plot located within target species assemblages. There are typically 5 replicate 50 x 75 cm “photo plots” within each assemblage, and most sites have 2-5 target assemblages (for a total of 10-25 photos per survey). This collection of archived photos, spanning several decades in many locations, is now stored in a searchable database. Access to photos can be requested using our data request form.

Data Use Statement

Please acknowledge MARINe in all publications containing these data. Because MARINe is a consortium of different groups, please also acknowledge the research groups that collected these data and the funding groups associated with these data, by using a statement similar to the example below:

'This study utilized data collected by the Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network (MARINe): a long-term ecological consortium funded and supported by many groups. Please visit pacificrockyintertidal.org for a complete list of the MARINe partners responsible for monitoring and funding these data. Special recognition should go to the agencies who have provided the majority of continuous funding for the project over several decades: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, The National Park Service, The California Ocean Protection Council, Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans, and US Navy (Navy Marine Ecology Consortium).'

In addition, by making use of robomussel temperature data, you agree to cite the following (Helmuth et al., 2016) in any published manuscripts. 

Website Citation

Below is an example citation to use when referencing the materials available on this website:

Domain (Year). Title. [online] Available at: URL [Accessed on DATE]

For example:

marine.ucsc.edu (2018). Sea Star Wasting Syndrome | MARINe. [online] Available at: /data-products/sea-star-wasting/ [Accessed 2 Jul. 2018].