Marine Geospatial Bibliography

Welcome to IPIECA's Marine Geospatial Bibliography. The MGB is a knowledge sharing platform collecting and making available information on oil, gas and the environment for industry, science and the public. IPIECA invites you to search for information through the map or search fields, or to help us extending our bibliography by submitting a resource.

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What is IPIECA?

IPIECA is the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues. It develops, shares and promotes good practices and knowledge to help the industry improve its environmental and social performance; and is the industry’s principal channel of communication with the United Nations.

Through its member led working groups and executive leadership, IPIECA brings together the collective expertise of oil and gas companies and associations. Its unique position within the industry enables its members to respond effectively to key environmental and social issues.

What is the IPIECA Marine Geospatial Bibliography?

A place to house and share information on marine ecosystem research, to inform the oil and gas sector and help demonstrate the industry‘s commitment to ocean stewardship. The aim of the tool is to identify and share sources of up-to-date scientific knowledge relating to biodiversity and ecosystems in marine environments and enable quick access to the relevant information. The tool will be expandable, easy to use and the information will be geospatially referenced.

Who is the expected audience for the Bibliography?

Whilst the tool is primarily for oil and gas professionals and practitioners, its value for the global policy and regulatory community, academia, and the public is also noted.

What is the scope of the IPIECA Marine Geospatial Bibliography?

The tool will initially focus only on scientific knowledge relating to biodiversity and ecosystems in marine environments, but it is recognised that there is potential to expand the scope of the tool in the future.

Do you only index English-language material?

Yes, initially the tool will only house English-language material.

Can I search for multiple keywords?

Yes, the full-text search will highlight all occurrences of the entered keywords. Some examples:

  • entering seismic oil will return all items that contains both Seismic and oil.
It is possible to enter variations of strings and terms, for example fish will return inflections of fish (like fishes).

The free text search will try to match strings in the following fields Title, Description and Author.

How are new resources added to the Bibliography?

After you logged in, navigate to "Resources" in the sidebar and click "Add new resource"

Before you submit a new resource, please make sure that the resource is not already in the Bibliography. If the new resource has a DOI name, search for it. If it does not have a DOI name (without the "doi:" prefix) or you don't get a match try searching for the title of the resource.

Do I have to register before I can submit a new resource?

Yes, it is not possible to submit a new resource without registering.

What do the different types (research activity/project, scientific paper, Grey literature and point of interest) mean?

Research activity / project – includes internal industry reports, or where a company has done extensive research in one region, multiple articles/information available

Scientific paper – published journal articles

Grey literature - papers, reports, technical notes or other documents produced and published by governmental agencies, academic institutions and others that are not distributed or indexed by commercial publishers.

Point of interest – highlight specific area of oil and gas activity or a specific region

Who reviews submitted resources?

An oil and gas expert from within the IPIECA Deep Water Task Force will review any new submitted resources.

What is KML/KMZ and how can I use it?

Keyhole Markup Language (KML) is an XML notation for expressing geographic annotation and visualization within Internet-based, two-dimensional maps and three-dimensional Earth browsers (like Google Maps and Google Earth).

KMZ files are compressed collections of one or more files (KML, images, etc.).

Both KML and KMZ files can be viewed by using Google Earth or similar software.

Some annotated citations found in this bibliography were funded through a series of grants provided by the Coastal Marine institute of the former Minerals Management Service, United States Department of Interior, under Cooperative Agreements 14-35-0001-30470, 14-35-0001-30660-19924, 14-35-0001-30660-19950, 1435-01-00-TO-17807, 1435-01-99-CA-30951-18179