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Sea: Major Programs

NSF sponsors several major efforts and projects that address, in whole or in part, global climate change and the sea. These programs include:

Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI)
The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) has the potential to revolutionize ocean science by providing the means to collect sustained, detailed, time series data sets. OOI was created in response to community demand for long-term and adaptive measurements in the world's oceans.

Integrated Ocean Drilling Project (IODP)
NSF's premier ocean core drilling project, the Integrated Ocean Drilling Project (IODP), is operated jointly with Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. IODP is an international marine research program that explores Earth's history and structure, as recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks.

GLOBEC Program - GLOBal Ocean ECosystems Dynamics
The U.S. Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics program is a multidisciplinary research program designed by oceanographers, fishery scientists and marine ecologists to examine how climate change affects marine ecosystems and fisheries.  US GLOBEC is led by the NSF with cooperation from NOAA; it is part of the international program of the International Biosphere-Geosphere Programme.

Academic Research Fleet and University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System
The Academic Research Fleet consists of 23 vessels in the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System. These vessels vary in size, endurance and capabilities, and enable scientists supported by NSF and other federal agencies to conduct marine research in coastal and open waters.

Information about "sea" research funding opportunities can be found at:


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