Subject: Re: Humpback whale migration routes.

Greg Early (
Fri, 05 Nov 1999 15:22:12 -0500


That is quite a long list... and as you seem to be finding out, locating
data is one of the largest (and most time consuming) tasks in putting
together a GIS project.  There are quite a few metadata resources that
might help your search,however ESRI and other GIS services oftern have data
search tools that can help and are easier to use.  Below are a couple of
starting points, including ESRI's own data searching engine.

Much of the general information (SST, productivity, human populations,
should be quite easy to locate and available for free.

A not free source (the advantage is the data is in Arc format) can be
obtained from Rutgers University Center for remote Sensing and Spatial
Analysis.  The produce a data cd with about 150 data layers, including some
oceanic data.  You should contact them at... for the details of what they have
available and find out the current price for the data.

I do not know how much compiled information on migratory routs is out there
(of course you could always construct your own using some of whale nets
data), but a quick search came up with a project on humpbacks and shipping
(although it is done in GRASS).

good luck,


At 10:21 AM 11/04/99 GMT, you wrote:
>          My name is Timothy Barratt, I am a third year student studying 
>Environmental Biology at Plymouth University, England. For my thesis project 
>I am plotting humpback whale migration routes using Arc View which is a GIS 
>application. To do this I will require an awful lot of data that could be 
>used to plot the seasonal movements of these animals around the globe. I 
>will also be incorporating a lot of other data such as ocean currents, prey 
>availability (herring and krill), surface temperatures, major shipping lanes 
>(prop damage), fishing areas (entanglement), and high density tourist areas. 
>So far I have had very little response from the scientific community and 
>very little data has been forth coming. I would be very grateful if you 
>would be prepared to help me find this data or advise me as to where I could 
>possibly find the data I require. Thank you for your time, I hope to hear 
>from you soon, yours faithfully, Tim Barratt.
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