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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 populations

EPSONDE Data and Information

Seward Johnson 9506
25 April - 3 May 1995
Cruise Report Event Log
Seward Johnson 9508
6 - 16 June 1995
Cruise Report Event Log
  Last Updated : 2007-02-07 Important Notices