- Kerry Howell (UK) and Ana Hilario (Portugal)
- Other Full Members
- Malcolm Clark (New Zealand), Elva Escobar (Mexico), Christopher German (USA), Lisa Levin (USA), Alex Rogers (Norway), 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), Paulo Sumida (Brazil)
- Nuria Casacuberta Arola
- Terms of Reference
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.
To agree on methods and standards for the acquisition of biological data, including the role of existing and novel technologies.
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.
To integrate ToRs 1-3 with wider efforts under the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) via the Deep Ocean Observing Strategy (DOOS).
To actively facilitate efforts to build capacity in developing nations for deep-sea science.
- September 2019
- Financial Sponsors
- SCOR, NSF
20-24 January 2020 in Aveiro, Portugal