Our story

Over the past four years we have dramatically improved how we do science by embracing open data science practices and tools. We now emphasize communication and work in ways that are more reproducible, streamlined, transparent, collaborative, and open. We’re sharing our story in a publication in Nature Ecology & Evolution because although the transformation to open data science seemed intimidating, we are living proof that it’s possible and we want to encourage others to adopt these practices in their own work.


Our path to better science in less time using open data science tools (Lowndes et al. 2017, Nature Ecology and Evolution)

   Citation: Lowndes JSS, Best BD, Scarborough C, Afflerbach JC, Frazier MR, O’Hara CC, Jiang N, Halpern BS (2017).
   Our path to better science in less time using open data science tools. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1. Article number: 0160.


More science, less time

With the Ocean Health Index, we’ve been measuring and tracking the health of global oceans every year since 2012. By becoming more efficient and reproducible, we’ve greatly reduced the time involved to repeat our work, which lets us focus more on science.

And since it’s all open online, anyone can build directly off our work without reinventing the wheel. Currently there are 20 groups around the world building off our science and our code to assess ocean health in their own jurisdictions.

The Ocean Health Index

The Ocean Health Index (OHI) is a scientific framework to quantify and track the health of our oceans. We are an academic-nonprofit partnership from the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and Conservation International.

Open data science tools enable us to work efficiently and emphasize communication for science and management. Learn more at our overview website oceanhealthindex.org and our science website ohi-science.org.