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The Census of Marine Life-evolution of worldwide marine biodiversity research
Alexander, V.; Miloslavich, P.; Yarincik, K. (2011). The Census of Marine Life-evolution of worldwide marine biodiversity research. Mar. Biodiv. 41(4): 545-554. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12526-011-0084-1
In: Marine Biodiversity. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 1867-1616, more
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Keywords
    Biodiversity; Census; Marine ecology; Research; Marine

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  • Alexander, V.
  • Miloslavich, P.
  • Yarincik, K.

Abstract
    This paper discusses the origin and development of the 10-year Census of Marine Life, describing the way in which a visionary idea developed into a program involving over 80 nations. The time was ripe to engage in a large-scale marine biodiversity program incorporating the newest technology for exploration, along with the traditional approach of reviewing and synthesizing the known. We discuss the planning workshops, the development of the suite of projects as well as the management and support structures. The result was a international program with globally distributed responsibilities, but supported by a strong secretariat, national and regional organizations, an highly interactive outreach and education program, and the database, Ocean Biogeographic Information System. Scientific results are highlighted in 2,600+ publications, and the program, now completed, is expected to promote and influence biodiversity research and conservation for the long-term future.

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