The Changing Oceans

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Science  18 Jun 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5985, pp. 1453
DOI: 10.1126/science.1192996

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The evolving disaster of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill reminds us that our welfare depends on a healthy marine ecosystem and that the oceans are vulnerable to human activities. The oceans sustain a vast wealth of biological diversity, deliver critical ecosystem services, supply valuable natural resources, and are a central component of the climate system. It is therefore critical that the current ocean-observing system be extended to cover a wider range of ocean properties.