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(NASA image by Robert Simmon and Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, based on MODIS data.)
(Photo Mila Zinkova, courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
(Photo © Julia Whitty)
The historic enterprise will almost certainly be followed by similar investigative decades in years to come, à la the International Polar Year. Science follows the footprints of past scientists, orienteering along maps of prior research, recalibrating the compass to current understanding.
The census includes the investigations of 2,700 researchers from 83 nations sailing aboard 540 expeditions to the farthest- and deepest-flung regions of our world.
(Venus flytrap anemone. Photo Ian MacDonald, Florida State University, Census of Marine Life.)
The results have appeared in 2,600 scientific publications. Most of those are open access online. Here's the bibliographic database.
(Larval tube anemone. Photograph courtesy Cheryl Clarke-Hopcroft/UAF/CMarZ, Census of Marine Life.)
The data are now available to everyone in more than 30 million records listed online in the Ocean Biogeographic Information System database. This database greatly contributes to a 21st-century trend of data sharing. A new scientific revolution.
Among the highlights of the census:
(Copepod. Photo Uwe Kils, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.)
(Acantharian. Photo Linda Amaral Zettler. Census of Marine Life.)
(Squidworm. Photo Laurence Madin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Census of Marine Life.)
First Census of Marine Life 2010: Highlights of a Decade of Discovery
Reposted from my blog Deep Blue Home.