A Global Partnership
The Marine Global Earth Observatory (MarineGEO) is a growing global partnership between the Smithsonian and diverse collaborators. The Smithsonian's Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON) directs and coordinates the research program across the MarineGEO network. TMON leads with its director, technical and support staff, and advisory committees.
The Smithsonian's marine stations serve as TMON’s core research sites and a research and development lab for the rest of the network:
- 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
TMON has established multiple partner sites around the world and continues to grow, from the polar seas to the tropical oceans and across the major ocean basins—Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian.
Smithsonian’s TMON provides leadership and coordination. Partners provide in-kind contributions of field access, students, facilities, and local expertise to sustain the long-term network. We build a flexible, adaptive research program on the framework of standard, long-term observing to encourage locally relevant research.