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HMAP Databases


The Data Store contains two types of downloadable dataset:

  1. Processed HMAP Datasets
  2. Data Files (in process)

The Data Search facility enables visitors to search across the Processed HMAP Datasets and to construct their own customised datasets.

The History of Marine Animal Populations Project (2000-2010) resulted in an abundance of new datasets on historical marine resource use, and much of these data can be downloaded freely from the website of the HMAP Data Pages:
The HMAP Data Pages are a research resource comprising of information derived largely from historical records relating to fishing catches and effort in selected spatial and temporal contexts.


The Oceans Past Initiative is the main stakeholder in the PLoS ONE: The HMAP Collection. Arising from the History of Marine Animal Populations (HMAP) project, this collection forms an entry point for historical marine ecology / marine environmental history.

The overall goal is to enhance knowledge and understanding of how the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine life in the world's oceans has changed over the long term. The HMAP Collection draws together representative examples of the results of this initiative. Articles are presented in order of publication date and new articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

PLoS ONE: is an open access and high ranking peer-reviewed online journal. If you believe your contribution to PLoS ONE would fit into THE HMAP Collection, please contact collection editors, Alison MacDiarmid or Bo Poulsen . We also have a limited number of pre-paid slots for submitting to the PLoS ONE: The HMAP Collection, so feel free to inquire about this before submitting.