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


Treasure, AM and Roquet, F and Ansorge, IJ and Bester, MN and Boehme, L and Bornemann, H and Charrassin, J-B and Chevallier, D and Costa, DP and Fedak, MA and Guinet, C and Hammill, MO and Harcourt, RG and Hindell, MA and Kovacs, KM and Lea, M-A and Lovell, P and Lowther, AD and Lydersen, C and McIntyre, T and McMahon, CR and Muelbert, MMC and Nicholls, K and Picard, B and Reverdin, G and Trites, AW and Williams, GD and de Bruyn, PJN, Marine mammals exploring the oceans pole to pole: a review of the MEOP Consortium, Oceanography, 30, (2) pp. 132-138. ISSN 1042-8275 (2017) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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Copyright 2017 The Oceanographic Society

DOI: doi:10.5670/oceanog.2017.234


Polar oceans are poorly monitored despite the important role they play in regulating Earth’s climate system. Marine mammals equipped with biologging devices are 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 sets of oceanographic CTD casts (> 500,000 profiles), which are now freely available to the scientific community through the MEOP data portal ( MEOP (Marine Mammals Exploring the Oceans Pole to Pole) is a consortium of international researchers dedicated to sharing animal-derived data and knowledge about the polar oceans. Collectively, MEOP demonstrates the power and cost-effectiveness of using marine mammals as data-collection platforms that can dramatically improve the ocean observing system for biological and physical oceanographers. Here, we review the MEOP program and database to bring it to the attention of the international community.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:marine mammals, polar oceans, biologging, MEOP
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Wildlife and habitat management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Hindell, MA (Professor Mark Hindell)
UTAS Author:Williams, GD (Mr Guy Williams)
ID Code:121851
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:90
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2017-10-17
Last Modified:2018-12-13

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