IMBeR Science Plan and Implementation Strategy (SPIS)

The IMBeR Science Plan and Implementation Strategy (SPIS 2016-2025) is based on the vision “Ocean sustainability under global change for the benefit of society” with the goal to: “Understand, quantify and compare historic and present structure and functioning of linked ocean and human systems to predict options for securing or transitioning towards ocean sustainability”. The SPIS is structured around three Grand Challenges and four Innovation Challenges supported by a number of research and societal questions. You can see the full SPIS here: IMBeR SPIS 2016-2025.


Grand Challenge I

Understanding and quantifying the state and variability of marine ecosystems

Grand Challenge I Fact Sheet


Grand Challenge II

Improving scenarios, predictions and projections of future ocean-human systems
at multiple scales

Grand Challenge II Fact Sheet


Grand Challenge III

Improving and achieving sustainable ocean governance

Grand Challenge III Fact Sheet


Grand Challenge Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets were developed for each of the three Grand Challenges to provide brief summaries that illustrate the global importance of the science and highlight key areas where IMBeR has made progress. Fact sheets: Grand Challenge IGrand Challenge II, and Grand Challenge III

Previous Science Plans

The original IMBER Science Plan and Implementation Strategy built on the IGBP/SCOR Framework for Future Research on Biological and Chemical Aspects of Global Change in the Ocean, and input from the OCEANS Open Science Conference that was held in Paris, France in 2003. The ideas from these were woven into a framework of four themes, each with a series of issues and priority questions that formed the basis of the IMBER Science Plan.

The supplement to the original IMBER Science Plan and Implementation Strategy was commissioned by IGBP and SCOR to facilitate the successful merger of the ongoing GLOBEC regional programmes into IMBER. IMBER _supplement.pdf