Two levels of plan are developed here. The first is scaled to the very
modest funds believed to be committed (as intimated by program managers
at NSF and NOAA) to U.S. GLOBEC's participation in Arabian Sea studies.
We chose a working number of $1.5M, sufficient to support participation
by only three, possibly four, principal investigators over a three year
period. The second is a more ambitious program designed to answer some
of the exciting questions presented by the pelagic ecology of the
Arabian Sea. It proposes deployment of a vessel equipped for modern
study of fish stocks, together with supporting studies of zooplankton
populations. The plans for at least the fish stocks are couched in
terms of hypotheses about processes in the region. Given the level of
available information about zooplankton, plans must be developed around
more general hypotheses (See Appendices). Both the limited and full
plans seek dynamical understanding of population processes for both fish
and zooplankton that will lead to evaluation of the impact of global
climatic change on the Arabian Sea ecosystem.