A Global Partnership
Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO) is a growing global partnership between the Smithsonian and diverse collaborators. The Smithsonian Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON) directs and coordinates the research efforts of the growing network of MarineGEO sites. TMON has a director, technical and support staff, and several advisory committees.
The Smithsonian's existing marine stations serve as TMON’s initial core research sites:
- Chesapeake Bay: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), Edgewater, Maryland
- Indian River Lagoon: Smithsonian Marine Station (SMS), Ft. Pierce, Florida
- Meso-American Barrier Reef: Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program (CCRE), Carrie Bow Cay, Belize
- Caribbean Panama: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Isla Colón, Bocas del Toro province, Panama
- Pacific Panama: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Isla Naos, Bay of Panama, Panama
The first partnership sites of MarineGEO in non-Smithsonian facilities are:
- MarineGEO Hawai‘i, Coconut Island in Kane‘ohe Bay, O‘ahu, a partnership with the University of Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology
- MarineGEO San Francisco Bay, Romberg Tiburon Center of San Francisco State University
TMON is also working to establish partner sites around the world, from the polar seas to the tropical oceans and across the major ocean basins—Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian.
Partners will collaborate to sustain the long-term network with in-kind contributions of field access, students, facilities, and local expertise. A flexible, adaptive research program encourages initiation of locally relevant research built around standard measurements conducted at all sites.