International network for scientific investigation of deep-sea ecosystems

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Welcome to INDEEP

Historically deep-sea habitats were examined in isolation but it has become increasingly apparent that we must consider the largest biome on Earth in its entirety. The aim of the International Network for Scientific Investigations of Deep-Sea Ecosystems (INDEEP) is to develop and synthesise our understanding of deep-sea global biodiversity and functioning and provide a framework to bridge the gap between scientific results and society to aid in the formation of sustainable management strategies. INDEEP aims to bring together and help coordinate research efforts from across the globe through 4 working groups. The membership of each working group is open and envisioned to evolve and change in response to ongoing research activities (coordinated by nominated leads).

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INDEEP has played central role in the creation of the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) and is currently funding some important DOSI activities. The mission of DOSI is to integrate science, technology, policy, law, economics and industry to advise on ecosystem-based management of resource use in the deep ocean and strategies to maintain the integrity of deep-ocean ecosystems within and beyond national jurisdiction.  See DOSI website for further information.

INDEEP also has close connections with VentBase - a forum to aid effective management of deep-water hydrothermal vent SMS deposits.  See the VentBase webpage for further information.


For the latest version of Deep-Sea Life, DIVE-IN leaflets and other useful resources - see INDEEP resources pages