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. Additionally, we are transitioning to a Microsoft SQL Server based database management system from our original Microsoft Access based database management system.  Our Access system presently has a much smaller capacity and is now pushing the limits of its effectiveness and querying time. This transition to a higher capacity system will occur in 2010, and so we have postponed access to some datasets until that transition is complete.
  3. The ATBI database is actually a compilation of more than 50 project datasets. 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, and to upgrade its capacity by moving it from MS Access to MS SQL Server.

For further
information contact:

Click here to open the ATBI Database

ATBI Database distribution points for the Dark-eyed Junco.
Junco Distribution
Each point represents a geo-spatially referenced point in the database.

  • Sensitive locations and species are not included in the database. Please contact Becky Nichols at for permission to view sensitive data.
  • Please be aware of the following known deficiencies, which are in the process of correction:
    • The current phenology chart structure was originally designed for animal taxa. When displayed for plant taxa, they may be less appropriate.
    • The base maps do not include the Foothills Parkway, Purchase Knob, and Happy Valley areas although data points may be shown for these areas. The points that fall within these areas may appear to be outside of the Park, but are accurate locations
    • Specimen data points load slowly, particularly if they are numerous, so please be patient.
    • Data points may not map properly using browsing engines other than Internet Explorer.
  • Please contact Chuck Cooper at with and comments about the database.
  • Please cite the ATBI Database as:


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