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NOPP selects Sanctuaries MBON for Excellence in Partnering

2017 -- The National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) announced that the Sanctuaries MBON project led by Frank Muller-Karger and Francisco Chavez was selected to receive the 2016 Excellence In Partnering Award.  One of the stated objectives of the NOPP is to identify the most effective and productive project partnerships that have led to notable success in both reaching their goals and sparking incentives for further research investm ...Read More
Monterey Bay

MBARI, Stanford deploy new technologies to assess Monterey Bay

From massive harmful algae blooms to starving sea lion pups and millions of red ocean crabs washing ashore, changes in ocean temperature and currents are having a dramatic impact on the diversity, health and abundance of fish and marine life off the California coasts, and other places. While Sanctuary managers, fisherman and tourists have long observed such changes – scientists have needed better tools to explain the links, cycles, and predi ...Read More
Florida

FWC/FWRI Model Advances Coral Outplanting Predications

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute has been instrumental in predicting coral outplanting locations throughout the Florida Keys. Staff had developed a model using the EcoPath/EcoSim and conducted field work in the Fall of 2016 to validate outplanting predictions. The FWRI researchers found very good agreement between in situ observations and model predictions. This work will be used to support future outplanting strategies, in additi ...Read More

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Collaboration between MBON and Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research

Researchers from the Sanctuaries MBON and the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research (FCE LTER) programs teamed up to develop a white paper to lay out the requirements for a large, interdisciplinary airborne remote sensing campaign to study the biodiversity and ecology of the South Florida Peninsula spanning land-ocean habitats from treetops to the benthos. The MBON and the FCE LTER had an in person meeting to address these l ...Read More
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Middle School Students Use MBON Florida Keys Infographic

The MBON team at the USF College of Marine Science (USF CMS) hosted more than 50 students from Stewart Middle Magnet to participate in marine science research in December 2017. The students in seventh and eighth grade science classes interacted with researchers and graduate students in three USF CMS labs and Florida Institute of Oceanography to learn about marine science issues and interact with state-of-the-art sensors and AUVs, and new onli ...Read More
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Muller-Karger Appointed GEO BON MBON co-chair

In 2016, Frank Muller Karger, PI of the Sanctuaries MBON project was appointed co-chair for the new thematic Marine Biodiversity Observation Network, established by the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON).  He joins co-chairs, Mark Costello, m.costello[at]auckland.ac.nz and Isabel Sousa Pinto, ispinto[at]ciimar.up.pt.  The thematic MBON links GEO BON with Blue Planet (GEO’s overarching marine task), t ...Read More
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MBON Products to Support UN SDG 14

On March 15-17, 2017, members of the Sanctuaries MBON team met in St. Petersburg, Florida for a product development workshop. The researchers worked to define needed biodiversity data and programming functions that would meet the needs of local coastal zone and conservation managers, and could also be scaled to address one or more of the targets of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 14.  Read more.  ...Read More
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MBON and Biological Observing at UN

July 12, 2017.  US IOOS Program Officer Gabrielle Canonico and Frank Muller-Karger spoke about MBON during a session on “Applying Earth Observation Data for the SDGs” at the United Nations High Level Political Forum, Sustainable Development Learning, Training and Practice Track. Gabrielle Canonico spoke about New Technologies for Biological Observing during a side event hosted by IOC and the International Seabed Authority at the 4th UN Bio ...Read More
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Defining Next Gen Satellite Requirements to Measure EBVs

Defining Satellite Sensor Requirements for Monitoring Essential Biodiversity Variables of Coastal Ecosystems Current and planned satellites are not designed to observe the Essential Biodiversity Variables that change rapidly. This new peer-reviewed paper in Ecological Applications by MBON researchers outlines the technical specifications for a new generation of satellite sensors to collect data necessary for observing EBVs.  Go to Journal ...Read More
Monterey Bay

Ocean-Climate Variability Impacts on Pelagic Forage Species

New Study Identifies Impacts of Ocean-Climate Variability on Biodiversity of Pelagic Forage Species in California A new study from researchers at NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service and University of California quantified biodiversity indices of pelagic forage species that are linked to ocean climate conditions. Using NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) data, the researchers calculated diversity indices of forage species and ana ...Read More