Grassle, J. F. Rutgers University, grassle@imcs.rutgers.edu

 
TOWARD A GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR THE STUDY OF MARINE BIODIVERSITY
 
A number of national and international programs related to marine biodiversity have developed over the last few years. These efforts have coalesced under the aegis of an international organization Diversitas. A joint plan for an International Marine Biodiversity Network (IMBiN) was agreed upon at the Diversitas meeting during the 4th International Marine Biotechnology Conference and is included in the revised Diversitas Operational Plan. The worldwide distribution of marine laboratories provides infrastructure and resources to compare population and life history patterns of marine and coastal organisms. The standardization of databases of marine organisms and associated environmental information is an obvious and necessary initial step. A series of workshops have been held by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to consider a "Census of the Fishes." These discussions generated a proposal and prototype for an Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) - a spatial database of global marine animal and plant distributions. This will be developed in the context of the Global Taxonomy Initiative (GTI) and the OECD Global Biodiversity Informatics Facility (GBIF).
 
Day: Tuesday, Feb. 2
Time: 03:30 - 04:00pm
Location: Eldorado Hotel
 
Code: TS01TU0330E