Global Alliance of Continuous Plankton Recorder Surveys

Plymouth PL1 2PB, UK

Established: 2011

Organisation type: Informal network
Geographical scope:
Member countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, France, Japan, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States
Participating countries:
Funding source Percentage

Organisation’s vision:

Organisation’s mission:

Characterise, analyse and interpret changes in plankton biodiversity at ocean basin scales through a global alliance of CPR surveys.

Organisation’s objectives (if different from the Mission):

Development of a global CPR database;
Production of a regular Ecological Status Report for global plankton biodiversity;
Ensuring common standards and methodologies are maintained;
Providing an interface for plankton biodiversity with other global ocean observation programmes;
Setting up and maintaining a website for publicity and data access;
Facilitating new surveys and develop capacity building procedures;
Facilitating secondments of CPR scientists between GACS institutions.



  • Data management, interoperability, sharing, access, open data policies
  • Technical coordination of ocean observing
  • Training scientists/technicians
grants observer/participant/member status to
Integrated Marine Observing System Integrated Marine Observing System
collaborates with
Global Ocean Observing System Global Ocean Observing System