GLOBEC (GLOBal ocean ECosystems dynamics) is a research initiative organized by the oceanographic and fisheries communities as a component of the U.S. Global Change Research Program to address the question of how changes in global environment are expected to affect abundances, variations in abundance, and production of animals in the sea. Our approach to this problem is to develop a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms that determine both the abundances of key marine animal populations and their variances in space and time. We assume that the physical environment is a major contributor to patterns of abundance and production of marine animals, in large part because the planktonic life stages typical of most marine animals are intrinsically at the mercy of fluid motions of the medium in which they live. Consequently, we reason that a logical approach to predicting the potential impact of a globally changing environment is to understand how the physical environment, both directly and indirectly, contributes to animal abundance and its variability in marine ecosystems.

GLOBEC's approach to this problem has several definable characteristics:

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