The Mangrove Information System MAIS: Managing and Integrating Interdisciplinary Research Data

  • U. Salzmann
  • G. Krause
  • B. P. Koch
  • I. Puch Rojo
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 211)


The Mangrove Information System (MAIS) has been developed to enable data syntheses and to ensure long-term data availability, quality and exchange within the research project MADAM (Mangrove Dynamics and Management). MAIS manages heterogeneous datasets on biology, chemistry, geography and socioeconomics collected in north Brazil since 1996. The GIS database has been designed with particular attention to the development of a flexible data model and user friendly graphical interface. Here, we present a description of the design and functions of MAIS and demonstrate its potential for supporting and improving interdisciplinary research. We also discuss the challenges of running such a central information system and provide recommendations for a successful management of heterogeneous data within a long-term research project.


Interdisciplinary Research Project Member Heterogeneous Dataset Project Investigator Interdisciplinary Research Project 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Salzmann
    • 1
  • G. Krause
    • 2
  • B. P. Koch
    • 3
    • 4
  • I. Puch Rojo
    • 2
  1. 1.School of the Built and Natural EnvironmentNorthumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK
  2. 2.Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine EcologyBremenGermany
  3. 3.University of Applied SciencesBremerhavenGermany
  4. 4.Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine ResearchBremerhavenGermany

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