All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) Database

All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) Database

Welcome to the ATBI Database Access Page!

The ATBI Database records are drawn from the current repository of ATBI data. This database will be updated periodically as additional data becomes available from scientists conducting research in the Park. It is open to students, teachers, researchers, and the general public. The following is our official cautionary statement concerning the use of this data. Please read to be advised.

Notice to ATBI Data Users: We encourage the use of data produced in the ATBI for scientific, conservation stewardship and educational uses. However, there are several data content issues that need to be understood.

  1. Since we are in the process of getting a backlog of data checked and appended to the database, the pool of data there, of "all taxa," should be considered a work-in-progress, and not taken as the final indicator of the Park's biodiversity.
  2. There is a backlog in quality checking and entry of older data, to go into the database. DLIA and the park are reducing that backlog as quickly as we can. 
  3. The ATBI database is actually a compilation of over 100 project datasets.   This allows for a wide variety of experts collecting data on a wide variety of organisms ... thus, the "All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory".  If you are working with data from a specific project, you should acknowledge the project and project leader in any report or article that you publish, along with the citation of Discover Life in America, Inc. and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  4. The ATBI database is organized by projects. This divides the data up in such a way as to keep all data gathered by individual research projects using one set of consistant methods and sampling equipment to obtain their specimens and/or observations. Many of these projects are multi-year projects, but most of them are based on research inventories of well-defined groups of taxa (eg. the ATBI Water Mites project). Click here to see a complete listing of all projects with their metadata basically consisting of project descriptions and protocols.
  5. FYI: you may here the "ATBI Database" refered to as the "Biodiversity Database." This is from an effort to broaden the use of this database to be an umbrella data repository of all park biological data.

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Click here to open a taxonomic look at data contained in the ATBI Database. Drilling down through the taxonomic hierarchy reveals the amazing biodiversity of the park of all types of lifeforms!

Sensitive locations and species are not included in the database output. Please contact Becky Nichols at for permission to view sensitive data.

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