National Benthic Inventory

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Publication date:
29 October 2019
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The NOAA National Benthic Inventory (NBI) is a dynamic quantitative database on benthic species distributions obtained from studies conducted by NOAA and partnering institutions in estuarine and coastal-ocean areas of the United States.

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

NOAA (2018): National Benthic Inventory. v1. GBIF Secretariat. Dataset/Occurrence.


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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 5199d77b-fc69-4c85-94f2-4d3e63e777ff.  United States Geological Survey publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.


Occurrence; benthic; infauna; macroinfauna


Len Balthis
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Marine Biologist
219 Ft. Johnson Rd
29412 Charleston
Kirk Yedinak

Geographic Coverage


Bounding Coordinates South West [16, -162], North East [50, -64]

Taxonomic Coverage

Benthic infauna (Kingdom Animalia) collected throughout estuarine and coastal shelf areas of the U.S.

Kingdom Animalia

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1991-03-18 / 2017-10-14

Project Data

No Description available

Title National Benthic Inventory

The personnel involved in the project:

  • Point Of Contact

Sampling Methods

Benthic sediments

Study Extent U.S.

Method step description:

  1. Methods for the associated projects are described in the National Benthic Inventory web site (

Additional Metadata

Marine, harvest by iOBIS

Alternative Identifiers 5199d77b-fc69-4c85-94f2-4d3e63e777ff