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MarineGEO is a global network of partners focused on understanding how coastal marine ecosystems work—and how to keep them working.

We focus on biodiversity as the heart of healthy, productive ecosystems and coastal regions, where marine life and people are concentrated and interact most. MarineGEO marshals the Smithsonian’s leadership in discovery and convening power to advance frontiers in knowledge and provide it to policymakers to support innovative management and protection of our oceans.


Protocols are packages that contain complete instructions for deploying experiments, data entry templates and field sheets. Each protocol contains:

  • a PDF document that includes step-by-step methods
  • a data entry sheet to print off and bring out into the field
  • an excel workbook to use for data submission

Protocol Development and Revision

MarineGEO follows a standard workflow for protocol development, testing, and revision. The entire workflow is detailed in the MarineGEO Protocol Development and Revision Process document.


Photos courtesy of our MarineGEO partners (including Ross Whippo, Scott Ling, Chris Patrick). Graphics courtesy of the Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (https://ian.umces.edu/symbols/).