Plankton is the foundation of the marine food web and supports
nearly all life in our oceans. Plankton 2015 is an assessment of the
state of the oceans around Australia using plankton as indicators of
|GACS Chair gave GOOS Webinar
As part of the GOOS webinar series Sonia Batten gave a presentation on behalf of the GACS community highlighting the progress and activities of GACS.
|First MedCPR tow
GACS is pleased to report that the first tow of the new Mediterranean CPR survey successfully took place this month on a route from Larnaca, Cyprus, to Haifa, Israel, on 21st October. The second tow is scheduled to take place in November. Congratulations to Rana Abu Alhaija and the MedCPR team!
|Chair of GACS receives SCAR Award|
The Chair of GACS Dr Graham Hosie has received one of the inaugural SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) Visiting Professor awards.
Welcome to GACS
Marine Phytoplankton (left) and Zooplankton
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
The GACS Partners in Plymouth, UK at the first GACS Workshop,
GACS has a number of specific aims, which include:
- to develop a global Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR)
- to produce a regular Ecological Status Report for global
- to ensure that common standards and methodologies are
- to provide an interface for plankton biodiversity with other
global ocean observation programmes
- to set up and maintain a website for publicity and data
- to facilitate new CPR surveys and develop capacity building
- to facilitate secondments of CPR scientists between GACS
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
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
Our partner organisations are listed below, click on a logo to
visit their respective internet pages.