SCOR Working Group 159

Roadmap for a Standardised Global Approach to Deep-Sea Biology for the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (DeepSeaDecade)

Kerry Howell (UK) and Ana Hilario (Portugal)
Other Full Members
Malcolm Clark (New Zealand), Elva Escobar (Mexico), Christopher German (USA), Lisa Levin (USA), Paulo Sumida (Brazil), Kerry Sink (South Africa), Paul Snelgrove (Canada), and Hiromi Watanabe (Japan)
Associate Members
Bhavani Narayanaswamy (UK), Roberto Danovaro (Italy), Awantha Dissanayake (Australia), Nick Higgs (Bahamas), Craig McClain (USA), Lenaick Menot (France), Anna Metaxas (Canada), Eva Ramirez-Llodra (Norway), Javier Sellanes (Chile), Alex Rogers (Norway)
Enrique Montes
Terms of Reference
  1. To develop a global plan for survey/sampling deep-sea ecosystems to underpin deep-sea research for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

  2. To agree on methods and standards for the acquisition of biological data, including the role of existing and novel technologies.

  3. To develop habitat-specific approaches for survey/sampling the deep-sea ecosystem (following the Census of Marine Life model), that integrate the global approaches developed under ToRS 1 and 2, but allow greater specialization.

  4. To integrate ToRs 1-3 with wider efforts under the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) via the Deep Ocean Observing Strategy (DOOS).

  5. To actively facilitate efforts to build capacity in developing nations for deep-sea science.

September 2019
Financial Sponsors
  1. 20-24 January 2020 in Aveiro, Portugal

  2. October 2020 (online)

  3. February 2021 (online)

  4. April 2021 (online)

  5. July 2021 (online)

  6. November 2021 (online)

  7. January 2022 (online)

  8. May 2022 (online)

  9. July 2022 (online)