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.