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Welcome to the ABDS website

The one-window repository of Arctic biodiversity data. Access, download and explore data sets, web mapping services, graphics and more from circumpolar contributors. We will upload and share data as it becomes available in the coming months. Learn more about the ABDS.

About ABDS

The Arctic Biodiversity Data Service (ABDS) is an online, interoperable and circumpolar data management system that will access, integrate, analyze and display biodiversity information for scientists, practitioners, managers, policy makers and others working to understand, conserve and manage the Arctic's wildlife and ecosystems.

This system will allow for the combination of geo-referenced data at various spatial, temporal, and taxonomic scales (e.g., populations, regions, nations, circumpolar, biomes, habitats) allowing users to explore relationships and factors driving change.


The ABDS will provide a dynamic source for up-to-date Arctic biodiversity information and emerging trends, and serve as a focal point and common platform for all CAFF programs and projects.


Consolidating the vast amount of disaggregated data across all Arctic sub-regions and biomes will improve access to biodiversity status and trends information and promote a deeper understanding of inter-relationships at the local, regional, circumpolar and global scale.


All information within the web-based data portal will be in the public domain. Data management will be in accordance with the Conservation Commons and the International Polar Year (IPY) data policies.

The ABDS is the data mangement vision of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP), an international network of scientists, governments, Indigenous organizations and conservation groups working to harmonize and integrate efforts to monitor the Arctic's living resources. The CBMP's goal is to facilitate more rapid detection, communication, and response to the significant biodiversity-related trends and pressures affecting the circumpolar world. 

The CBMP’s web-based data portal will be developed as follows

Initial pilot projects will be launched to develop web-user interface for data entry and web software for accessing, integrating and depicting data in real-time. 
A set of ten Arctic biodiversity monitoring networks (and related indicators) will be selected for Phase 1 development based on readiness to participate.

  • Currently, CAFF has developed a Seabird Information Network site using seabird information from CAFF´s Seabird Expert Group. This data will be used as a pilot for the ABDS system and improve data sharing, access integration and interpretation.

  • A core set of consistent schemas, standards and platforms will be developed for the Phase 1 networks. The developed platforms will allow for the real-time transmission of data between disaggregated data servers to an integration platform (web-based data portal) that integrates, analyses and disseminates information on Arctic biodiversity trends based on the CBMP indicators and indices. Resources and expertise will be required at the data source point to develop standardized databases. A workshop will be convened to develop a consensus-based approach to data standards, schemas and platforms for consistent data management and effective analyses of CBMP indicators.

  • Query outputs will be developed at various levels of detail (i.e., from broad indices to indicators to population and sub-population or regionally specific trends).

  • Application interface software will be developed to run the user interface component of the web-based portal.

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