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 was formed in the spring of 2002 as a workgroup of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), with co-sponsorship by UNEP, US-NSF, and US-NOAA. Global NEWS is a LOICZ affiliated project.

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.


Dr. Sybil Seitzinger of Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences is the chair of this workgroup. To contact Global NEWS, email Emilio Mayorga at mayorga@marine.rutgers.edu.