IMBER (Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research) is an IGBP-SCOR project initiated in 2001 focusing on ocean biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems. IMBER research seeks to identify the mechanisms by which marine life influences marine biogeochemical cycles, and how these, in turn, influence marine ecosystems. Central to the IMBER goal is the development of a predictive understanding of how marine biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems respond to complex forcings, such as large-scale climatic variations, changing physical dynamics, carbon cycle chemistry and nutrient fluxes, and the impacts of marine harvesting. Changes in marine biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems due to global change will also have consequences for the broader Earth System. An even greater challenge will be drawing together the natural and social science communities to study some of the key impacts and feedbacks between the marine and human systems.
Chair: Dr. Carol Robinson
Director, International Project Office: Dr. Einar Svendsen
Institute of Marine Research P.O. Box 1870, Nordnes 5817, Bergen, Norway