Underreported: The 2010 Census of Marine Life

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dr. Ron O'Dor, Senior Scientist, Census of Marine Life, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, tells us about the first Census of Marine Life—a 10-year exploration carried out by scientists from 80 nations. It reveals what, where, and how much lives and hides in the world’s oceans. He’ll explain how the census was carried out and what it shows about life under water.


Ron O’Dor

Comments [3]

Rick Morris/ COML Videographer from Englewood, NJ

Ron, many people and researchers have commented that the Census was not worth the money spent on it and those funds would be better spent in other areas of research. How would you answer those nay sayers and where do we stand on Census II

Dec. 23 2010 01:21 PM
Rick Morris from Englewood, NJ

For Dan's comment about Kevin Kelly. I know Kevin and the original project was called the "All Species Inventory" and it was started by Stewart Brand and his wife Ryan Phalen. This project morphed into the Encyclopedia of Life project that is an ongoing project to catalogue all the living species on the planet and create an individual web page for each. It is totally open source and anyone can access the information and contribute their own. The project was supported by Dr. E. O Wilson from Harvard University and is primarily funded by the A.P. Sloan Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation.

Dec. 23 2010 11:31 AM
Dan from Columbia U

This recalls Kevin Kelly's Whole Earth Review, which attempted to count every living species. That project is now defunct was Dr. O'Dor inspired in anyway by Whole Earth Review?

Dec. 23 2010 09:57 AM

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