2011 - 2017 International network for scientific investigation of deep-sea ecosystems (this work continues under the Decade Working Group of the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative DOSI website)

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INDEEP Mission

From 2011 to 2017, INDEEP was a global collaborative scientific network dedicated to the acquisition of data, synthesis of knowledge, and communication of findings on the biology and ecology of our global deep ocean, in order to inform its management and ensure its long-term health.

In order to study the largest biome on Earth, INDEEP, a legacy programme of the Census of Marine Life, brought together and coordinated research efforts from across the globe. The coordination office, was based at the University of Southampton, UK and there were four working groups focusing on taxonomy, biodiversity, connectivity and ecosystem function.

INDEEP promotional video
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The INDEEP project played central role in the creation of the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) and funded key initial 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 and sign up to receive news items relevant to the deep-sea ecology community.