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ĦĦAbout CoML

The Census of Marine Life is a growing global network of researchers in more than 70 nations engaged in a ten-year initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life in the oceans -- past, present, and future.

         
CeDAMar ChEss GoMA MAR-ECO NaGISA
         
POST TOPP ArcOD ICOMM CMarZ
(Global Projects)
(Map as of november 2004)

ĦĦThe five elements that structure the Census of Marine Life program are:

  • KUU (Known, Unknown and Unknowable) workshops that explore the structure of marine ecosystems at a regional scale.
  • OBIS (Ocean Biogeographic Information System) that links marine databases worldwide thru Internet.
  • HMAP (History of Marine Animal Populations) that documents global marine biodiversity in the past back to 500 years.
  • Ocean Realm Field Projects that carry out global biodiversity research with calibrated technologies and protocols.
  • FMAP (Future of marine Animal Populations) that predicts changes in global biodiversity in response to fishing, pollution, and climate change.

More information about the Census International can be found at http://www.coml.org

 
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