To create oceanographic indices for biological modeling.
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
To create visual representations of larval connectivity and dispersal, hosted by the Coral Triangle Atlas.
University of Melbourne, Australia; World Wildlife Fund; Coral Triangle Atlas
World Wildlife Fund
Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean
To study movement patterns of highly migratory leatherback seas turtles on trans-oceanic voyages. We tested the effect of dynamic environmental covariates from a coupled biophysical oceanographic model on patch choice in diving leatherback turtles, and compared the effects of parameters measured at the surface and at depth. The covariates included distance to future patch, temperature, salinity, meridional current velocity (current in the north–south direction), zonal current velocity (current in the east–west direction), phytoplankton density, diatom density, micro-plankton density, and meso-zooplankton density.
Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling at University of St. Andrews, Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST), Principia College, University of Maryland, University of Maine at Orono
The Lenfest Foundation
Project 1: Eastern Temperate & Tropical Pacific, Caribbean Sea & Western Tropical Atlantic, North Pacific Ocean, Northwest Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Arctic Ocean
Projects 2 – 6: Global Oceans
Project 1: To provide data development, technical support and to facilitate regional workshops in support of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s regional process to describe Ecologically or Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs).
Project 2: To provide a spatially referenced online database, aggregating marine mammal, seabird and sea turtle observation data from across the globe. The OBIS-SEAMAP project is a node of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS).
Project 3: To understand how fish, fisheries and related governance systems and ecosystems may change under future climate scenarios.
Project 4: To collate existing data on pelagic biodiversity and generate new data and classficiation regimes for pelagic systems to inform rapidly developing intergovernmental marine biodiversity policy decisions (e.g., at the CBD, CMS, RFMOs and UNGA).
Project 5: To build a mapping and data explorer tool to aggregate studies and valuations of ecosystem services in marine and wetland locations.
Project 6: To lead the collection and management of sea turtle nesting data, in collaboration with the Marine Species Flagship Program. In addition, MGEL has designed and developed a SWOT online database/mapping interface within the OBIS-SEAMAP data node, built upon the data collected by the SWOT team for the SWOT database.
Project 1: Convention on Biological Diversity
Project 2: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); US Navy; Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM); United States Geologic Survey; UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC); Satellite Tracking and Analysis Tool (STAT); Institutions providing data worldwide
Project 3: University of British Columbia; Princeton GFDL lab; Stockholm University; Cambridge University
Project 4: GOBI, NOAA SWFSC, MCI, PML, Malcolm Clark, Telmo Morato
Project 5: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Project 6: Oceanic Society and the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group (MTSG); Institutions providing data worldwide
Project 1: Convention on Biological Diversity
Project 2: National Oceanographic Partnership Program; National Science Foundation
Project 3: The Nippon Foundation
Project 4: The Lenfest Foundation
Project 5: Nicholas Insutitute; Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership (MESP)
Project 6: Oceanic Society; National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Projects 3 & 4: Daniel Dunn
North Atlantic Ocean
Project 1: To examine catch of fish species in the US Pelagic Longline (PLL) fishery in relation to eddies and other environmental variables.
Project 2: To examine bluefin tuna catch rates in the Pelagic Longline (PLL) fishery in relation to environmental variables to develop improved indices of abundance and reduce bycatch of bluefin.
Project 1: None
Project 2: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Project 1: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Project 2: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) – Bluefin tuna research program
Western Antarctic Peninsula
To investigate cetacean foraging behavior and changes in the behavior of krill between areas where whales are present and foraging, and where whale are absent.
University of California at Santa Cruz, Oregon State University Polar Oceans Research
National Science Foundation