Originally posted by desperation
i cant wait untill they finally catalog the mastadon shark as living again. think they should explore those damn trenches, you are either going to
find a mastadon shark, giant squid or sea dragon
The team took the incredible challenge of "past, present and future" so everything is on the table!
Their Scientific Framework:
1. What has lived in the oceans?
2. What does live in the oceans?
3. What will live in the oceans?
The Census consists of four major component programs organized around these questions.
Investigating the Past
Census researchers undertook the challenge of constructing the history of marine animal populations since human predation became important, roughly
the last 500 years. This program component is called History of Marine Animal Populations (HMAP).
Teams of fisheries scientists, historians, economists and others have initiated case studies in southern Africa, Australia, and approximately a dozen
other regions. Together, these case studies are creating the first reliable picture of life in the oceans before fishing. This depiction of a more
pristine ocean could be important in setting goals for marine protection. The long historical records of marine populations will help distinguish the
contributions of natural fluctuations in the environment from the effects of human activities.
Assessing the Present
The largest component of the Census involves investigating what now lives in the world's oceans through 14 field projects. Each is sampling important
kinds of biota in one of six realms of the global oceans using a range of technologies. Details of these interesting and varied field projects are
Forecasting the Future
To speak about what will live in the oceans involves numerical modeling and simulation. This component program is organized under the rubric of the
Future of Marine Animal Populations (FMAP). This group focuses on integrating data from many different sources and creating new statistical and
analytical tools to make predictions for marine populations and ecosystems in the future.
Together, the historical, present, and predictive programs of the Census aim to improve and state as accurately as possible what is known about life
in the oceans, to identify what is unknown but knowable, and also to state what may be unknowable.
Providing a Living Legacy
Such a global initiative requires a state-of-the-art data assimilation framework, and this effort, the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS),
forms the fourth component program of the Census. The vision is that users will be able to click on maps of the oceans on their laptop or desktop
anywhere in the world and bring up Census data on what is reported to live in the ocean zone of interest. In 2007, OBIS already contains more than 14
million records, with millions more expected by 2010. OBIS is designed to make sharing data easy, opening the door to improved understanding of the
patterns and processes that govern marine life.
edit on 18-10-2010 by Granite because: (no reason given)