Census of Marine Life. A decade-long program (2000-2010) to assess and explain marine life’s diversity, distribution & abundance - past, present & future The Known, the Unknown, the Unknowable. The Census of Marine Life: Making ocean life count.
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A decade-long program (2000-2010)
to assess and explain marine life’s
diversity, distribution & abundance
- past, present & future
The Known, the Unknown, the Unknowable
The Census of Marine Life: Making ocean life count
CNN InternationalPublic Service AnnouncementCOML’s strong outreach program
Stars indicate National or Regional Activity Headquarters
Over 2000 scientists
What did live in the oceans?
History of Marine Animal Populations (HMAP)
What does live in the oceans?
Ocean Realm Field Projects
What will live in the oceans?
Future of Marine Animal Populations (FMAP)
Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)
Web-based provider of global geo-referenced information on marine species
150 Year Old Cod Fishery
Rosenberg, Bolster, Alexander,
McKenzie et al. 2005
Catch Per Unit Effort
50 top hotspots
for large fish
Worm et al., Science 2005
13M OBIS Records
13.2 million records of 81000 species from 210 databases
A Sloan Foundation ‘sister project’
- Works on land species, works at sea
Global Paracalanus copepods
454 DNA sequencing - 100 times expected diversity in ‘Rare Biosphere’
Biuw et al. PNAS 2007
Change in drift rate (cm·s-1·d-1)
$160M IOC-GOOS Pilot Project
Stephanie placed 2nd