The vision of MBON is a community of practice that strengthens understanding of marine biodiversity and coordinates monitoring of associated changes over time through scientific observations, thereby facilitating ecosystem conservation, sustainability, and good management practices.

A growing human population depends on healthy ocean ecosystems for a number of important economic and social benefits, including high quality food, pharmaceuticals and other materials, coastal protection, recreation, transportation, and renewable energy. Changes in ocean biodiversity threaten these benefits. These changes are driven both by natural variability and direct and indirect human impacts on the ocean.

About

Leads

Frank Muller-Karger
University of South Florida
Isabel Sousa-Pinto
University of Porto
Mark Costello
University of Auckland

Key Objectives

  • Develop an implementation plan that leads and coordinates institutions, organizations, existing networks, and people so as to build a community of practice to promote field, laboratory, statistical and reporting methods for the global community. This will be achieved by:
  • Establish a steering group and identifying leadership for specific activities; including networking with the biodiversity and marine science communities, including within GEO, GEO BON, IOC, IABO, marine station networks, and national organizations
  • Develop a common framework for Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) within GEO BON and GOOS Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs, developed jointly with the GOOS Bio-Eco panel)
  • Foster the development of international and thematic MBON
  • Promote best practice in data management, including development of standards that aid interoperability and data integration, and publication of data through OBIS; including contributing to the GEO BON “BON in a Box” compendium of methodologies for biodiversity observations
  • Support research that supports the development of MBON
Activities

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Data Products

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Documents & Publications

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Partners

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Resources

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