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Thinking, Broad and Deep

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Science  03 May 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6132, pp. 550-551
DOI: 10.1126/science.1236643

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The effects of the 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Japan on marine ecosystems are severe and harder to discern. Some 300 researchers from more than a dozen institutions will spend the next decade documenting everything from changes in water quality, pollution, and the strength of currents to shifts in biodiversity and the population genetics of marine life. One big challenge is teasing out how intensive coastal development and wetland reclamation may have exacerbated the marine disaster, and how onshore rebuilding may degrade the marine environment. Working with local fishing cooperatives, researchers intend to help develop sustainable fisheries plans and revitalize the region's aquaculture.