GLOBEC-Ukraine, Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Data Center Description
Goals and Objectives from the GLOBEC International Global Ocean
Ecosystem Dynamics.

To advance our understanding of the structure and functioning of
the global ocean ecosystem, its major subsystems, and its
response to physical forcing so that a capability can be
developed to forecast the responses of the marine ecosystem to
global change.

Consideration of how best to achieve this goal has lead directly
to the development of four primary GLOBEC objectives:

1. To better understand how multiscale physical environmental
processes force large-scale changes in marine ecosystems.

2. To determine the relationships between structure and dynamics
in a variety of oceanic systems which typify significant
components of the global ocean ecosystem, with emphasis on
trophodynamic pathways, their variability and the role of
nutrition quality in the food web.

3. To determine the impacts of global change on stock dynamics
using coupled physical, biological and chemical models linked to
appropriate observation systems and to develop the capability to
predict future impacts.

4. To determine how changing marine ecosystems will affect the
global earth system by identifying and quantifying feedback
mechanisms.

Website: http://www.ibss.iuf.net/links/globec/globec.html

[Summary provided by GLOBEC]