The Historical Atlas of Marine Ecosystems is intended for scientists, historians, fishermen and the interested public to explore the oceans, and contribute toward understanding of long-term changes in the marine environment. The Atlas is a dynamic, online, geographic information system, as well as a gateway and clearinghouse to locate and access historical, archaeological, and paleo-ecological information.

The Atlas provides access to historical data and digital images via a Google Earth interface. Currently, the interactive image database contains nearly 500 digital images. The Image Gallery allows contributors to upload, and user to browse, view and download historical images. Browse the Image Gallery or explore the Google Earth API for fishing grounds, marine life, and ocean conditions.

The Atlas was developed by Stefan Claesson, a post-doctoral research fellow for the Census of Marine Life’s (CoML) History of Marine Animal Populations (HMAP) research program from 2009 to 2010. Currently, the Atlas is maintained by Michael Routhier, Stanley Glidden and Pavel Dorovskoy of the Complex Systems Research Center (CSRC) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). For questions about the Atlas project, please contact Michael Routhier or Stefan Claesson.