Integrated Marine Biosphere Research project

Strandgaten 196, Bergen, Norway
Established: 2001
Organisation type: Programme
Geographical scope: Global
Member countries:
Participating countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Republic Of, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay
Funding source Percentage

Organisation’s vision:

Ocean sustainability under global change for the benefit of society.

Organisation’s mission:

Promote integrated marine research and enable capabilities for developing and implementing ocean sustainability options within and across the natural and social sciences, and communicate relevant information and knowledge needed by society to secure sustainable, productive and healthy oceans.

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

To understand, quantify and compare historic and present structure and functioning of linked ocean and human systems to predict options for securing or transitioning towards ocean sustainability:
- Grand Challenge I: Understanding and quantifying the state and variability of marine ecosystems
- Grand Challenge II: Improving scenarios, predictions and projections of future ocean-human systems at multiple scales
- Grand Challenge III: Improving and achieving sustainable ocean governance.


  • Marine Ecosystems
  • Marine Research
  • Ocean governance
  • Ocean-human systems
  • Sustainability


  • Providing scientific advice for policy makers
  • Science coordination
  • Training scientists/technicians