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The Mediterranean Beckons to Europe's Oceanographers

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Science  23 Jan 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5350, pp. 483-484
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5350.483

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The Mediterranean Sea is critical to the economies and environments of the 20 countries bordering it, but studies of its circulation and biology have been patchy and uncoordinated. Four years ago, the European Union launched a Mediterranean Targeted Program of joint research projects, and researchers met in Rome recently to discuss what they've learned in the program's first phase. They outlined a picture of an ocean that may be acutely sensitive to environmental change.