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Joint Cetacean Data Programme: Phase One – Final Report 2020

Marine UK Biodiversity Cetacean Mammals Species


There has been no mechanism to readily access the wide range of existing cetacean monitoring datasets in the UK and wider north-east Atlantic waters, and the process to do so can be labour intensive and inefficient. Comprehensive data on which to perform analyses regarding the status of cetaceans is not available from a single source, but instead, agreement to use existing data needs to be brokered with multiple data owners/organisations. The Joint Cetacean Data Programme (JCDP) aims to collate these data into a single resource to maximise effectiveness of the various data collection programmes and vastly improve access to the cetacean evidence base. Phase one of the JCDP (2019–2020), funded by DEFRA through the Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seabed Evidence Group (HBDSEG), has made significant steps towards achieving this aim through the following objectives:

  1. Standardisation of data protocols and submission requirements across cetacean data providers and data receivers
  2. Development of a data policy regarding terms of data submission, access and use.
  3. Scoping of options for hosting the JCDP resource.
  4. Support major NGO data providers to prepare recent data for submission to the resource
  5. Create a project web page to promote the project objectives and the opportunities of a collated dataset.

This Phase One report outlines the approach taken in more detail, and provides an overview of outcomes to date.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Biota

Reference date 2020·09·01

The Joint Cetacean Data Programme is a collaborative project led by JNCC, working towards an aspiration to deliver a growing resource of collated cetacean distribution data.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC author

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·09·17

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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