Welcome to GACS

Marine Phytoplankton (left) and Zooplankton (right)



GACS is short for the Global Alliance of Continuous Plankton Recorder Surveys, which is an international scientific organisation that was established in September 2011.

The goal of GACS is "to understand changes in plankton biodiversity at ocean basin scales through a global network of CPR surveys".

The GACS Partners in Plymouth, UK at the first GACS Workshop, September 2013.

GACS has a number of specific aims, which include:

  • to develop a global Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) database
  • to produce a regular Ecological Status Report for global plankton biodiversity
  • to ensure that common standards and methodologies are maintained
  • to provide an interface for plankton biodiversity with other global ocean observation programmes
  • to set up and maintain a website for publicity and data access
  • to facilitate new CPR surveys and develop capacity building procedures
  • to facilitate secondments of CPR scientists between GACS institutions.

To learn more about GACS, the Continuous Plankton Recorder and its Partners, please, check out the About GACS pages, and if you have an enquiry or want to get in touch with GACS, please, see the Contact Us page.

This website is a work in progress and will be updated periodically.  We aim to have some initial data products using GACS data online by May 2012; please, check regularly for news and updates.

Our partner organisations are listed below, click on a logo to visit their respective internet pages.

AusCPRAustralian Antarctic DivisionBC-CPRJAMSTECNew Zealand CPR SurveyNIPRNOAASAHFOSSCAR SO-CPR Survey