Mapping Tool for the Sea Turtle Density for
the U.S. Atlantic on OBIS-SEAMAP

Terms of Use*

Data (e.g. estimated density of species) available through the OBIS-SEAMAP Model Repository and Mapping Tool (the Model Mapper) are provided to the public free of charge. By using the Model Mapper, including viewing online tools, maps, and downloadable reports & products, the user agrees to the following (these "Terms of Use"):

  1. Model outputs served through the Model Mapper are licensed under the CC-BY sharing policy, where permission is not required from the OBIS-SEAMAP data manager or original data provider(s) for use. Proper credit/citations are required (see below for the references).
  2. The citation of any publication, report, or product that made use of the data or tools provided by the Model Mapper will be forwarded to the OBIS-SEAMAP data manager ( for inclusion in our list of references.
  3. The managers and developers of the Model Mapper and the original data providers are not liable for errors in the data. While we have made every effort to ensure the quality of the contributed data, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of these products.

The following references must be included in any publication, product, or commercial application that makes use of products (model outputs, charts, summary statistics) exported or downloaded from the Model Mapper. Additionally, an acknowledgement of the original data providers or associated references would be appreciated, but is not required.

Citation for the study of models

DiMatteo, Andrew D., Sparks, Laura M. (2023) Sea Turtle Distribution and Abundance on the East Coast of the United States. Technical Report prepared for Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport. Report in prep.

DiMatteo A, Roberts JJ, Jones D, Barco SG, Garrison L, Haas HL, Hart K, Hatch J, Kenney RD, Khan C, McLellan W, Palka D, Pettis H, Rickard M, Roberts K, Sasso C, and Sparks L. (2023). Sea turtle spatial density models predict seasonal changes in distribution along the United States east coast. Manuscript in prep.

Citation for OBIS-SEAMAP:

Halpin, P.N., A.J. Read, E. Fujioka, B.D. Best, B. Donnelly, L.J. Hazen, C. Kot, K. Urian, E. LaBrecque, A. Dimatteo, J. Cleary, C. Good, L.B. Crowder, and K.D. Hyrenbach. 2009. OBIS-SEAMAP: The world data center for marine mammal, sea bird, and sea turtle distributions. Oceanography 22(2):104-115

*Terms of Use v1.0 - updated 18th August 2022