Since the establishment of ESSAS in 2005, it has functioned as a regional program within Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics (GLOBEC). With the understanding that GLOBEC would reach completion at the end of 2009, Dr. Julie Hall, chair (IMBER) Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER) , made a presentation to the ESSAS Scientific Steering Committee at their 2009 annual meeting to explain the goals of IMBER, its structure, and the benefits of ESSAS joining IMBER. Following Dr. Hall's presentation the SSC voted unanimously to join IMBER. Dr. Hall was delighted to have ESSAS within IMBER. She stated that IMBER would do all in its power to increase its funding in order to support all of the Regional Programs to the extent they have been receiving from GLOBEC, i.e. what they need to maintain their activities.