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Name of Collaboratory :

 

Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CAML)

 
 

URL :

  http://www.caml.aq/  
 

Collaboratory Status :

 
Completed   Start Date : 2005 End Date : 2009 Info Last Updated : Fri, Dec 2 2011 3:01am PST
 
 

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Distributed Research Center  
 

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Community Data Systems  
 

Domain(s) :

  EARTH, ATMOSPHERIC, AND OCEAN SCIENCES >Oceanography >Marine Sciences  
 

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :

 

The Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CAML) investigated the distribution and abundance of Antarctica’s marine biodiversity, how it has been affected by climate change, and how change will alter the nature of the ecosystem services currently provided by the Southern Ocean for the benefit of mankind.

The CAML was a five-year project that focused the attention of the public on the ice-bound oceans of Antarctica during the International Polar Year (IPY) in 2007/08. Its objective was to study the evolution of life in Antarctic waters, to determine how this has influenced the diversity of the present biota, and to use these observations to predict how it might respond to future change. The CAML collaborated with biological oceanographers in its work, for at its heart lies the integrated nature of ecological and biological change.

The CAML’s main biodiversity data were collected from 17 research vessels during the IPY. In addition, tourist vessels contributed observations and other ships collected samples using the Continuous Plankton Recorder. The biodiversity data, collected as georeferenced species records, were made available on the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research’s Marine Biodiversity Information Network (SCAR-MarBIN www.scarmarbin.be) for researchers, governments and others concerned with ocean management.

The CAML left legacy sites for future comparability studies. It employed modern genomic techniques and contributed to the Barcode of Life project, integrating with other Census projects. In particular, the CAML interacted very strongly with the Arctic Ocean Diversity Project (ArcOD), drawing comparisons between differences in ecological structure and dynamics between the Arctic and Southern Oceans.

Part of the Census of Marine Life collaboratory and the MarBOL collaboratory.

 
 

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Access to Information Resources :

  Research undertaken via CAML produced fascinating images of the Southern Ocean and its rich biodiversity via remote sensing. These images were transmitted to a wide audience via a vigorous Public Outreach Program. The data collected were made available through the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research Marine Biodiversity Information Network (SCAR­MarBIN).  
 

Access to People as Resources :

   
 

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

 
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
 
 
 

Notes on Funding Agencies/Sponsors:

 
 
 
Organizations with Funded Participants:
 
Organization name:
Approx # of participants:
Description of organization's role(s):
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
2
Scientific Steering Committee; Colleague
Antarctica New Zealand
1
Invited Experts
Australian Government Antarctic Division
3
Scientific Steering Committee; Invited Experts
National Environment Research Council (NERC)
   British Antarctic Survey (BAS)
1
Scientific Steering Committee
Universidad de Concepcion (UdeC)
2
Colleagues
   Center for Oceanographic Research (COPAS)
1
Colleagues
Cousteau Society
1
Invited Experts
Geoscience Australia
1
Invited Experts
Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut (vTI)
   Institute of Sea Fisheries
1
Invited Experts
International Polar Foundation
3
Invited Experts; Colleagues
Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR)
1
Invited Experts
Department of Commerce (DOC)
   National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
1
Invited Experts
National University of Ireland, Galway
1
Invited Experts
New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
1
Colleagues
Rockefeller University
1
Colleagues
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
2
Scientific Steering Committee; Invited Experts
University of Cambridge
   Scott Polar Research Institute (Cambridge) (SPRI)
2
Scientific Steering Committee; Colleagues
Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (UNMDP)
1
Scientific Steering Committee
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
1
Scientific Steering Committee
Universita di Genova
1
Invited Experts
Université du Littoral (ULCO)
1
Invited Experts
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
1
Scientific Steering Committee
University of Hamburg - Universit‰t Hamburg
1
Scientific Steering Committee
University of Lodz
1
Colleagues
University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)
1
Scientific Steering Committee
University of Tasmania
1
Scientific Steering Committee
 
TOTAL PARTICIPANTS:
34
 

Notes on Participants/Organizations:
The CAML project is directed by a Scientific Steering Committee of ten international scientists as appointed by SCAR.

Also listed as participants: Census of Marine Life Collaboratory (2 - Invited Experts; Colleagues)

   
     
 
 

Communications Technology Used :

  They had periodic meetings, symposia, and conferences. Some included the whole group, some just specialized sections of the group.  
 

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