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Published on Nov 14, 2012
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This film is included in Module II of the W2O's Subscription Service. Produced by the Census of Marine Life and customized for mini-theater presentation by World Ocean Observatory.
Summary: This 13 min. film showcases the efforts of the Census of Marine Life, a 10-year international effort undertaken to assess the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine life--a task never before attempted on this scale. The Census stimulated the discipline of marine science by tackling these issues globally, and engaging over 2,000 scientists from around the globe.
About the Census of Marine Life (CoML): CoML engaged over 2,000 scientists from 80 countries in an investigation of every ocean life form — from microbes to large predators. During the 10-year project more than 38,000 marine species were inventoried from ocean habitats ranging from coastal waters to the deep sea. The intent of the project? To create a comprehensive information system, a penultimate baseline for study of ocean life, past, present and future.
The CoML site (coml.org) provides access to scientific methodology, to innovative technology, to the full geographical range of study, and to the results to date. Much work remains to be done; while some 230,000 ocean life forms are presently known, scientists estimate the actual total may exceed two million — a complex demonstration of natural diversity.