U.S. Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics, Georges Bank

Project Description
U.S. GLOBEC (GLOBal ocean ECosystems dynamics, http://www.usglobec.org/) is a
research program organized by oceanographers and fisheries scientists to
address the question of how global climate change may affect the abundance and
production of animals in the sea. The U.S. GLOBEC Program currently has major
research efforts underway in the Georges Bank / Northwest Atlantic Region, and
the Northeast Pacific (with components in the California Current and in the
Coastal Gulf of Alaska).


The U.S. GLOBEC Georges Bank Program is a large multidisciplinary multi-year
oceanographic effort. The proximate goal is to understand the population
dynamics of key species on the Bank - Cod, Haddock, and two species of
zooplankton - in terms of their coupling to the physical environment and in
terms of their predators and prey. The ultimate goal is to be able to predict
changes in the distribution and abundance of these species as a result of
changes in their physical and biotic environment as well as to anticipate how
their populations might respond to climate change.

The effort is substantial, requiring
-broad-scale surveys of the entire Bank, and
-process studies which focus both on
-the links between the target species and their physical environment, and
-the determination of fundamental aspects of these species' life history
(birth rates, growth rates, death rates, etc).

Equally important are the modelling efforts that are ongoing which seek to
provide realistic predictions of the flow field and which utilize the life
history information to produce an integrated view of the dynamics of the

U.S. GLOBEC Georges Bank Homepage:

Data is available on-line through the U.S. GLOBEC Data System at

[This information was adapted from the U.S. GLOBEC web pages.]