Crustal Ocean Biosphere Research Accelerator

Crustal Ocean Biosphere Research Accelerator

Crustal Ocean Biosphere Research Accelerator 2000 1334 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences – United States of America (USA)

Remote crustal ocean environments are currently targeted for emergent human uses such as deep-sea mining and carbon sequestration, but there are fundamental knowledge gaps surrounding our understanding of the magnitude of ecosystem services provided by life in crustal ocean habitats as well as their resilience to perturbations.

The Crustal Ocean Biosphere Research Accelerator (COBRA) will bring together an international team of interdisciplinary academic and government scientists, private institutions, policy makers, and other stakeholders to coordinate efforts to achieve objectives of mutual benefit that will catalyze new knowledge and inform decision making related to the crustal ocean biosphere. In parallel, this endeavor will train the next generation of leaders in ocean exploration, science, and policy through innovative virtual expedition leadership training programs that promote team science collaboration, diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

Start date: 01/10/2021
End date: 01/10/2026

Lead Contact: Beth Orcutt (

challenges: Change humanity’s relationship with the ocean, Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, Skills, knowledge and technology for all
type_of_action: Project


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