Marine Census Scrambles to Fund a Second Phase With Expanded Focus

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Science  05 Aug 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6043, pp. 686
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6043.686

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Last year, the $650 million Census of Marine Life (CoML) finished up a decade of work with a bang. This massive effort, involving 2700 scientists from 80 countries, led to thousands of research papers, the discovery of 6700 new species, and a comprehensive database of marine biodiversity. A dozen CoML scientists, hopeful of continuing the momentum, have put together a new research agenda, called "Life in a Changing Ocean," that calls for studies that track how marine biodiversity is changing through time, data that should prove useful for policymakers. But the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which has provided $75 million for CoML research projects and for a coordinating umbrella group, has decided it won't fund phase two.