What is Global NEWS?



Global NEWS is an international, interdisciplinary scientific taskforce, focused on understanding the relationship between human activity and coastal nutrient enrichment. It is a Workgroup of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), with co-sponsorship by UNEP, US-NSF, and US-NOAA. Global NEWS is affiliated to  LOICZ.

The primary aim of Global NEWS is to construct and apply the next generation of spatially explicit, global nutrient export models, linking the resulting river loads to quantitative assessments of coastal ecosystem health. The first set of global river export models was published in late 2005 in a special collection of the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles. Please refer to these articles for more details about the models and associated results.

The Global NEWS workgroup was initiated in 2002, and continues to publish papers on the NEWS model development and scenario analyses (e.g., Global Biogeochemical Cycles suite of papers in 2010, and numerous papers in preparation). It works by correspondence, and meets on an opportunistic basis to coordinate and work further on the NEWS model and outputs.


Dr. Sybil Seitzinger of Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences was the chair of this workgroup. Contact GlobalNEWS, can be made to John Harrisson at john_harrison @ wsu.edu and regarding data to Emilio Mayorga at mayorga @ marine.rutgers.edu.

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