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GLOBEC is an international climate research program that is examining how the abundance, distribution and productivity of marine populations are affected by variability in their environment.

GLOBEC Canada is using field, modelling and retrospective studies to identify and understand variability in commercially-important marine ecosystems in the NW Atlantic and NE Pacific Oceans. It is a collaborative study funded jointly by DFO and NSERC, and involving over fifty scientists at five government laboratories and seven universities. For more information on the overall program, please see the GLOBEC Canada homepage.

The focal topics of the GLOBEC Canada Atlantic study are:

  • The influences of physical factors and food supply on the growth and survival of early life stages of finfish from selected spawning areas of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Scotian Shelf; and
  • The distribution, life history and exchange of zooplankton populations in different parts of the NW Atlantic, with emphasis on the copepod Calanus finmarchicus and zooplankton supply to fish nursery areas.
Biological Setting

The GLOBEC Canada Atlantic study has seven interdisciplinary project teams investigating different aspects of the environment-plankton-fish linkages. Two of the projects are being primarily conducted by scientists from the DFO Maritimes region:
  • 3-D Physics/Plankton/Fish : A retrospective and modelling study of hydrodynamics and plankton variability and influences on gadoid fish populations on the Scotian Shelf
  • Zooplankton Supply: A field and retrospective study of zooplankton populations, productivity and sources on the Scotian Shelf.

Atlantic Projects

U.S. GLOBEC Northwest Atlantic / Georges Bank Study

DFO Maritimes scientists are also collaborating in an intensive study of the Georges Bank ecosystem, as part of the U.S. GLOBEC program. The focus of the Georges Bank study is to determine how biological and physical processes interact to control the population dynamics of target species: cod, haddock and the copepods Calanus finmarchicus and Pseudocalanus . For more information on the overall program, please see the U.S.GLOBEC Georges Bank homepage.

The DFO contributions to the Georges Bank study include collaboration in field, modelling and retrospective investigations. For example results from the modelling and retrospectives investigations, please see Coastal Hydrodynamics Modelling .

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