Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science

Going Global

Planktons are reliable and unique indicators of environmental change and provide essential information on the ecological health of our oceans. By extending our survey worldwide there will greater understanding about how to manage climate change.

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For over 78 years Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS) has surveyed the North Atlantic in the longest and most geographically extensive marine biological survey in the world. The link between changes in plankton communities and mans’ understanding of global warming and climate change has become an essential tool for scientists and policy makers in seeking ways to combat man’s impact on marine environments. Many of the world’s oceans and seas have never been surveyed. SAHFOS wishes to begin to collect data about the changes in plankton communities from these uncharted waters. In co-operation with scientist partner countries in Namibia, South Africa and Brazil, the Southern Ocean will be the charity's starting point for Going Global. The project will contribute to the development of a global plankton and plankton ecology database available to everyone who wishes to undertake further research into management issues for climate change, fisheries, biodiversity, invasive species, pollution, ocean acidification and harmful Algal Blooms. Financial Breakdown. Analysis £230, 950 Workshop Operations Logistics £41, 640 4 X Quarterly tows £654, 785