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The Future of Marine Animal Populations (FMAP) project was one of the core projects of the international Census of Marine Life (2000-2010). FMAP's mission was to describe and synthesize globally changing patterns of species abundance, distribution, and diversity, and to model the effects of fishing, climate change and other key variables on those patterns. This work was done across ocean realms and with an emphasis on understanding past changes and predicting future scenarios.
FMAP emerged from a workshop held at Dalhousie University in 2002 and was funded from 2003 to 2010 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The project was led by Ransom A. Myers from 2002 to 2007 and from 2007 to 2010 was under the direction of Boris Worm, Heike Lotze and Ian Jonsen in the Biology Department at Dalhousie University.
The FMAP project coordinated major data synthesis efforts to derive global trends and patterns in marine biodiversity. From 2003 to 2011, FMAP team members have contributed over 110 scientific articles to peer review journals, including numerous publications in top-tier journals such as Science and Nature. Publications by FMAP scientists have also included many book chapters, policy publications and outreach articles. Topics of research have included patterns of coral reefs, large pelagic fish, marine mammals, sea turtles and invertebrates.
A major output of the project was the development of advanced statistical tools for analyzing observational data to study how marine biodiversity is distributed and changing over time, and to better understand the movements and distribution of marine predators. FMAP's research was presented as part of the culmination of The Census of Marine Life, which was celebrated in October 2010 in London, England. FMAP research formed an integral part of the overall findings of the program, which were disseminated through major media outlets around the globe.
Pollution, Phosphorus, Global warming, Mercury (element), Nitrogen
Deforestation, Climate change and agriculture, Carbon dioxide, Ozone depletion, Renewable energy
Fisheries science, Marine conservation, Marine biology, Greenpeace, Marine pollution
Energy, Water, Fisheries Law, Marine conservation, Mining
Fishing, Fisheries science, Sustainability, Diversity of fish, Marine conservation