The GLOBEC International Programme completed its activities in January 2010 after ten years of sustained and coordinated research. Some national programmes have completed their research agendas, while some national and regional activities will continue under the umbrella of the IGBP-SCOR IMBER programme, www.imber.net. This website will remain active as a repository of documents and information on GLOBEC international, but will not be regularly updated after July 2010. The GLOBEC International Project Office, which supported the programme and this website, closed down in March 2010. A final report of the GLOBEC activities can be downloaded here.
GLOBEC, a study of Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics, was initiated in 1990 by the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, and incorporated into the IGBP Core Element structure in 1995. The GLOBEC Science Plan was published in 1997, which set out the GLOBEC goal as:
“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”.
GLOBEC considered “global change” in a broad sense to encompass the gradual processes of climate change as a result of greenhouse warming and their impacts on marine systems, as well as those shorter-term changes resulting from anthropogenic pressures such as population growth in coastal areas, increased pollution, overfishing, changing fishing practices and changing human uses of the seas.
Throughout GLOBEC the programme was managed by a Scientific Steering Committee and GLOBEC research was organised around four foci. The work was initially developed within four Regional Programmes and in 2004 two additional programmes began their research activities. A final regional programme, ICED, grew out of Southern Ocean GLOBEC in the final years of the programme.
Now that the project has ended, many of the continuing activities and outstanding scientific questions are being taken forward by IMBER. This website forms part of the legacy of GLOBEC with records of meetings, newsletters, reports and other useful information we hope that it will continue to be used for many years to come.