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A new Scientific Committee for Ocean Research (SCOR) working group has been formed, entitled SCOR WG-154 “Integration of Plankton-Observing Sensor Systems to Existing Global Sampling Programs (P-OBS)”. The working group (P-OBS WG) is reviewing biological sensing technologies and measurements that are ready for integration into existing regional and global ocean observing programs. Multidisciplinary sets of measurements, whose choice is guided by research and societal benefit goals, will transform our understanding of ocean biology and its impacts on Earth systems. Together, we hope to facilitate biological sampling of the oceans and promote more robust, systematic, and routine analyses. These data will establish a baseline from interoperable and comparable datasets, and facilitate the identification of spatial gradients and temporal trends in biodiversity and other key biological parameters. We invite the oceanographic community to provide information to ensure our findings represent existing and ready-to-use methodologies for plankton observations that could be readily integrated into global sampling programs.

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Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin, v. 27, issue 3, p. 89-90

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Boss, E. , Waite, A. , Muller‐Karger, F. , et al., (2018), Beyond Chlorophyll Fluorescence: The Time is Right to Expand Biological Measurements in Ocean Observing Programs. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin, 27: 89-90., which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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