Global dataset of marine forests

Open-source dataset with distribution records of marine forests compiled from literature, herbaria, digital repositories and citizen science initiatives.


The dataset is dereplicated, taxonomically standardized for 682 species, and considering important physiological and biogeographical traits.

A flagging system is implemented to sign potentially incorrect records reported on land, in regions with limiting light conditions for photosynthesis, and outside the known distribution of species, as inferred from the most recent published literature.

The data available is documented in a peer reviewed article that you must cite:
Assis J., Fragkopoulou E., Frade D., Neiva J., Oliveira A., Abecasis D., Faugeron S., Serrão E.A. (2020). A fine-tuned global distribution dataset of marine forests. Scientific Data

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