GEOHAB Core Research should, in accordance with the GEOHAB strategy, be comparative, international and interdisciplinary, focusing on the interactions between the biological, physical and chemical processes controlling HABs.
If you are interested in addressing the key questions identified as central to the prediction of HABs in Upwelling Systems and believe that your research could benefit from comparison with similar work in other upwelling regions you are encouraged to participate.
A Project Committee [Raphe Kudela – USA, Francisco Figueiras – Spain, Teresa Moita – Portugal, Grant Pitcher (Chair) – South Africa, Trevor Probyn – South Africa, Vera Trainer – USA] has been established in order to implement the CRP. The membership of the committee has been drawn from those scientists actively involved in HAB research in the Californian, Iberian and Benguela upwelling systems, but this does not preclude the participation of scientists from other upwelling regions. Those scientists [or groups of scientists] that wish to participate should therefore inform any member of the committee of their specific interests, and propose research related to the eight key questions. The project committee will, based on your response, attempt to facilitate the establishment of these projects primarily through coordination and identification of project membership.
Various projects have already been proposed, e.g. the inconsistency in the toxicity of Pseudo-nitzschia australis within different upwelling systems is thought to be a function of either genotypic or environmental variability and may be resolved through comparison [key question E], while uncertainty relating to the mechanisms responsible for the shoreward transport of blooms in upwelling systems is also likely to be resolved by comparison [key question G]. These and many other questions relating to HABs in upwelling systems will benefit from a collaborative effort that will allow the assembly and comparison of data collected in different systems, which will in turn allow the generalization of results and establishment of the existence of recurrent patterns.
We hope you will be enthused by the GEOHAB programme and this CRP in particular, and look forward to your response.