Field Stations and Marine Labs Urged to Adapt to Changing Economies and Technologies



More than 900 scientific field stations, marine laboratories, and nature reserves around the world provide valuable and often unique opportunities for research, education, and public outreach. They also are repositories of long-term data. However, if these scientific outposts—which often are in remote locations—are going to continue to survive and thrive in challenging economic times, “they will need to become more flexible, able to adapt to changing research technologies, to changing economies, and to the changing environment in which we are all embedded,” according to a 23 July report issued by a committee of the U.S. National Research Council.