Azara Blog: Ocean scientists want more money to be spent on ocean science

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Date published: 2007/11/26

The BBC says:

Warming seas, overfishing and pollution mean it is vital to improve the system for monitoring the world's oceans, says a group of distinguished scientists.

The researchers say more data is needed to ensure the world is able to respond effectively to any potential threats.

An "adequate initial system" would include an integrated network of buoys, research vessels, satellites and tagging marine animals, they added.

The scientists want the global scheme to be completed within the next decade.

The call for action has been made by the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (Pogo), which includes many of the world's leading oceanographic research centres.
According to Pogo, completing such a system over the next 10 years would cost an estimated $2-3bn (£1-1.5bn).

Surprise, the BBC has found a group of scientists who say more money should be spent on their own science (and so, directly or indirectly, on their own research). Who would have thought? And the price tag is not small beer.

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