The oceanic ecosystems refers to the benthic zone where temperatures fall due to a lack of sunlight and a nutrient rich bottom supports a wide diversity of fauna and the abyssal which is the cold, oxygenated, high pressure deep ocean where many invertebrates and fish live.
A five part series by the Los Angeles Times on the crisis in the seas including articles, photos, videos and links.
The EUR-OCEANS Network aims to create lasting integration for European research on global change and pelagic ecosystems. It brings together research communities working on pelagic ecosystems, biogeochemistry and ecosystem approach to marine resources. This integration is realised through Funding, Training, Database web portals and Communication and Outreach products.
Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics (GLOBEC)
GLOBEC was initiated by SCOR and the IOC of UNESCO in 1991, to understand how global change will affect the abundance, diversity and productivity of marine populations comprising a major component of oceanic ecosystems.
The Earth’s oceans and atmosphere are akin to the human body’s respiratory and circulatory systems. The oceans cover 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, store 1,000 times more heat than the atmosphere, and is the planet’s largest reservoir of water. Through evaporation, the ocean transfers huge amounts of water vapor to the atmosphere, where it cools, condenses and eventually falls to the ground as rain or snow.