Chair: A.L. Rice (UK)
Other Full Members: J. Frederick Grassle (USA), B. Hargrave (Canada), R.R. Hessler (USA), M. Horikoshi (Japan), Karin Lochte (FRG), Myriam Sibuet (France), K.L. Smith (USA), H. Thiel (FRG), and N. Vinogradova (USSR)
Terms of Reference
Recognizing the great technical and statistical difficulties of obtaining adequate information on the deep-sea benthic ecosystem, the WG will draft a critical review of the present state-of-the-art clearly identifying what would be desirable, but presently impracticable to do. The review would pay particular attention to the following:
From this review, SCOR will be able to identify the extent to which deliverables from ecological research in the deep ocean benthic ecosystem will fall short of what is apparently demanded by current concerns for the continued health of this system.
Financial Sponsors: SCOR, IOC
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