Polar science: bid for freely accessible biodiversity archive

first_imgThe Southern Ocean is of unique ecological, biogeographic and political interest, as noted by your Editorial ‘The way ahead for polar science’ (Nature 457, 1057; 2009). Given the rate and potential catastrophic impact of global change on the Antarctic marine ecosystem, we agree that it is vital to have a mechanism for the exchange of relevant scientific information. Information about Antarctic marine biodiversity has to be widely published, instantly accessible and thoroughly checked, in order to enable timely, science-based management.last_img

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