What is IMBeR?

IMBeR – Integrated Marine Biosphere Research – is a large global research project which focuses on ocean sustainability in the context of global change. We want to understand past, present and future changes to the ocean. In particular, we want to know how we can achieve a sustainable ocean for the benefit of society.

IMBeR supports collaborative, disciplinary, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and integrated research that addresses key ocean science issues generated by and/or impacting society. Such research is required to provide evidence-based knowledge and guidance, along with options for policy-makers, managers and marine-related communities, to help achieve sustainability of the marine realm under global change.

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Ocean sustainability under global change for the benefit of society.


Promote integrated marine research and enable capabilities for developing and implementing ocean sustainability options within and across the natural and social sciences, and communicate relevant information and knowledge needed by society to secure sustainable, productive and healthy oceans.

Research goal

Understand, quantify and compare historic and present structure and functioning of linked ocean and human systems to predict and project changes including developing scenarios and options for securing or transitioning towards ocean sustainability.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

IMBeR’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policy can be found here