Recommendations for IMBER II
A Transition Task Team has been set up to recommend to SCOR and IGBP how the second phase of the Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research programme (IMBER) should proceed to accommodate new developments in marine ecosystem research that need addressing after the completion of the Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics research programme (GLOBEC) at the end of 2009.
The Team was asked to make recommendations to SCOR and IGBP for a second phase of the biogeochemistry and ecosystem research programme (IMBER) after 2009, bearing in mind:
- Key new scientific questions arising from global ocean ecosystems dynamics research by GLOBEC
- Scientific results of IMBER on marine and biogeochemistry and ecosystem research, to date
- New developments in marine ecosystem science
- Projects currently within GLOBEC that are planned to continue after 2009
The main recommendations include a number of research approaches that could be adopted in the second phase of IMBER:
IMBER II will have regional programmes that were not established when the original implementation strategy was written. The research approaches listed above have been adopted in several of the regional programmes. In order to achieve global coverage, the Transition Task Team strongly recommend that seven regional programmes be incorporated into IMBER II, provided that they agree on terms of reference with the IMBER SSC. These include Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics Programme (ICED) (Southern Ocean), Sustained Indian Ocean Biogeochemical and Ecological Research (SIBER), CLimate Inpacts on Oceanic TOp Predators (CLIOTOP), Ecosystem Studies of Subarctic Seas (ESSAS), Small Pelagic fish And Climate Change (SPACC, upwelling regions), Basin-scale Analysis, Synthesis and Integration (BASIN, a proposed North Atlantic comparative studies) and Forecasting and Understanding Trends, Uncertainty and Responses of North Pacific Ecosystems (FUTURE, a proposed PICES North Pacific Programme).
- Innovative approaches
- Innovative technologies
- Process studies
- Sustained observations
- Molecular genetics and functional groups
- Integration of human dimensions in ecosystem models
- Comparative approach between ecosystems
- Synthesis and modelling.
Recommendations are also made with regard to funding, potential sponsors, data management, implementing mechanisms and a timetable.
This report, which includes a draft Implementation Strategy for a second phase of IMBER (2010-2014) will form the Appendix to the IMBER Science Plan and Implementation Strategy (SPIS) which was published by IGBP in 2005. The Transition Task Team had input from the IMBER and GLOBEC SSCs and the report has been posted on the IMBER and GLOBEC websites for community comment before peer-review by IGBP and SCOR.