Each MarineGEO site will have a defined geographic footprint encompassing major local habitat types, share a set of standardized scientific protocols, and collaborate in training and data sharing.

Research Objectives

Using standardized, long-term observations and experiments conducted across sites, MarineGEO will:


MarineGEO is the first and only worldwide network to study the land-sea interface, a critical area where marine life is at its most abundant and the effects of human activity are most pronounced. The initiative brings together a diverse array of disciplines—biological sciences, ecology, biogeochemistry, paleoecology, geology, anthropology, and archaeology—to conduct coordinated experiments that measure the biodiversity of near-shore marine ecosystems.

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