Marine mammals exploring the oceans pole to pole: a review of the MEOP Consortium

first_imgPolar oceans are poorly monitored despite the important role they play inregulating Earth’s climate system. Marine mammals equipped with biologging devicesare now being used to fill the data gaps in these logistically difficult to sample regions.Since 2002, instrumented animals have been generating exceptionally large data setsof oceanographic CTD casts (>500,000 profiles), which are now freely available tothe scientific community through the MEOP data portal (http://meop.net). MEOP(Marine Mammals Exploring the Oceans Pole to Pole) is a consortium of internationalresearchers dedicated to sharing animal-derived data and knowledge about the polaroceans. Collectively, MEOP demonstrates the power and cost-effectiveness of usingmarine mammals as data-collection platforms that can dramatically improve the oceanobserving system for biological and physical oceanographers. Here, we review theMEOP program and database to bring it to the attention of the international community.last_img read more

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