European Marine Omics Biodiversity Observing Network (EMOBON)

European Marine Omics Biodiversity Observing Network (EMOBON)

aims to establish a coordinated, long-term, marine biodiversity observation network, and become the first centrally coordinated, long-term marine genomic biodiversity observatory in Europe.

EMOBON currently has 16 marine stations, from the Arctic to Red Sea, that regularly sample for genomic marine biodiversity and produce high-quality data that is openly accessible.

It aims to be the European contribution to the global marine biodiversity observation network by;

  • Defining best practices for genomic observation.
  • Developing a transposable framework that can be duplicated anywhere by using transparent methodologies, standard vocabularies, ontologies, and operating procedures.
  • Engaging with the broader scientific community and making data accessible to users from various research fields.
  • Supporting the biological observation landscape to mature and to resemble the structured and well-organised oceanographic observation community.

EMOBON will allow countries to adopt an ecosystem-based management approach for their coastlines and will indicate if a marine area should be protected and how. EMO BON can shine light on how marine biodiversity responds to different stressors such as pollution and eutrophication.

Therefore, the knowledge on how ecosystems respond to particular stressors will increase, and in turn, this can lead to the promotion of more sustainable ecosystem management.

By measuring additional environmental variables biodiversity data can be combined with environmental change indicators to examine how climate can affect marine organisms.

Lead Institute
Collaborating institutes
Key contacts

Nicolas Pade

Project updates

Project period

21 June, 202131 December, 2023 

Joined OBON in June, 2022
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