Microbial Oceanography and the Hawaii Ocean Time-series Programme

Nat Rev Microbiol. 2014 Oct;12(10):699-713. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro3333. Epub 2014 Aug 26.


The Hawaii Ocean Time-series (HOT) programme has been tracking microbial and biogeochemical processes in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre since October 1988. The near-monthly time series observations have revealed previously undocumented phenomena within a temporally dynamic ecosystem that is vulnerable to climate change. Novel microorganisms, genes and unexpected metabolic pathways have been discovered and are being integrated into our evolving ecological paradigms. Continued research, including higher-frequency observations and at-sea experimentation, will help to provide a comprehensive scientific understanding of microbial processes in the largest biome on Earth.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biota*
  • Hawaii
  • Microbiological Techniques*
  • Oceanography / methods*
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Seawater / microbiology*
  • Time Factors