Arctic Marine Biodiversity Observation Network
The Arctic Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (AMBON) is part of a national network to monitor biodiversity in the Arctic from microbes to whales. Marine biodiversity is a key component of ocean health. Monitoring and understanding marine biodiversity is essential for our ability to forecast and respond to changes. AMBON involves an experienced team of multi-institutional and multi-sector partners already active in a variety of Arctic biodiversity observing programs, and AMBON Principal Investigators work with the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) to coordinate data streams from these different programs into one observation network. This partnership within AMBON will allow us to better coordinate, sustain, and synthesize all efforts, and make data available to a broad audience of users and stakeholders, from local to pan-Arctic to global. Effective data management, integration and dissemination will provide critical information on the status of Arctic ecosystem health and resilience to decision makers and local, regional and global communities.