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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Research project: Global Census of Marine Life on Seamounts (CenSeam)

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Seamounts (undersea mountains) are prominent features of the world's underwater topography. Globally, there are estimated to be over 100 000 seamounts. These features can be hotspots of biodiversity and are extremely valuable; not only ecologically but also economically as they are the target of offshore commercial fishing, and are of potential interest for seabed mining.

However, our knowledge of seamounts is poor. To date they have been relatively understudied and every new voyage that visits a seamount makes many new and unique discoveries using exciting technologies. CenSeam: a Global Census of Marine Life on Seamounts, brings scientists together from all continents of the world, marking a new era in seamount research.

CenSeam is a field project of the Census of Marine Life programme (CoML).

For more information see: http://censeam.niwa.co.nz/.

Dates: 2005 -

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Marine Biology and Ecology
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