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History of IMBER

Previously known as OCEANS, IMBER was initiated by the IGBP/SCOR Ocean Futures Planning Committee in 2001. The intention was to identify the effects of global change on the ocean and the most important biological and chemical aspects of the ocean’s role in global change. The IMBER Science Plan and Implementation Strategy was published in 2005.

During its first five years, IMBER progressed in parallel with GLOBEC. A Transition Task Team was set up to recommend how the second phase of IMBER should  accomodate new developments in marine ecosystem research. When GLOBEC ended in March 2010, ongoing regional programmes were incorporated into IMBER.

The supplement to the IMBER SPIS was developed to give guidance on integrating the regional programmes into IMBER and also on developing new areas of relevant research.

More information on IMBER Science Plan and Implementation Strategy

History of IMBER

Schematic depiction of the essential features of IMBER. These include impacts of natural climatic and anthropogenic influences on marine biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems, their interactions, and feedbacks to the Human and Earth Systems.