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US GLOBEC: Climate Change and Marine Ecosystems

Author(s): Mountain, David; Dale Haidvogel (eds.)


Name of Publisher: National Marine Educators Association

Publication Type: Journal Article

Journal Title: Current: The Journal of Marine Education

Date of Publication: 2011

Reference Information: 27(2):

Extent of Work: 2-40

Abstract: The US Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics program (US GLOBEC) was initiated jointly by the National Science Foundation and NOAA with the goal of understanding how a changing climate may affect marine ecosystems. This goal presented many challenges, scientifically, logistically... and even personally for the scientists themselves. It required coordinated studies of the physics, chemistry, and biology of large ocean areas, involving many investigators from a wide range of disciplines who had to cooperate closely in the planning, execution, and analysis phases of the program. The articles in this issue provide an overview of US GLOBEC, describe the four regional studies undertaken in the program and some of their results, and discuss three topics critical to the overall effort: new sampling technologies, modeling approaches, and data management. We hope this information will provide not only glimpses of the potential effects of climate change on our marine systems, but also insight into how science can address such a complex and important issue.

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