- The Smithsonian is a world leader in innovative, long-term research to understand global change on land and sea.
- The Smithsonian operates active marine laboratories and field research facilities in coastal ecosystems.
- The Smithsonian has global reach—in research, partnerships, and education.
- The Smithsonian leads in museum and data management, curating collections, data, and archives for long-term applications by current and future generations.
- The Smithsonian convenes leaders in science, policy, government, and education via partnerships with institutions around the globe.
- The Smithsonian leads with strength, and breadth in marine sciences, with more than 50 marine scientists across the core disciplines needed for success: biology, ecology, biogeochemistry, anthropology, archaeology, paleoecology, and geology.
- The Smithsonian has already built another global network—the Forest Global Earth Observatories (ForestGEO) is a global, coordinated research network that has studied forest dynamics for 35 years, revolutionizing understanding forest ecology and global change.