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NPRB Releases Four-Part Arctic Film Series

NPRB Releases Four-Part Arctic Film Series

The North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) has released a four-part film series highlighting the Arctic Integrated Ecosystem Research Program (IERP). The series features the cultural and scientific importance of studying the Arctic, the science methods and results, how coastal communities were involved in the program, and the different research vessels and science equipment used to conduct the research.

The Arctic IERP sampled the Northern Bering and Chukchi Seas from 2017-2019 during spring through fall. The field sampling occurred at a time when water temperatures in the region were some of the highest ever recorded. The multi-disciplinary program documented profound changes in every aspect of the ecosystem, including changes in the nutritional quality of prey and changes in the distribution of fishes, seabirds, and marine mammals.

Arctic community members participated at every stage of the research, from informing the questions and emphasizing linkages to food security, to participating in cruises and social science research, and discussing the results and how they can be applied. The participation and perspectives of these individuals strengthened the research and ensured that it is relevant to meeting the needs of people in the region.

The Arctic IERP was supported by funding from the North Pacific Research Board, the Collaborative Alaskan Arctic Studies Program (formerly the North Slope Borough/Shell Baseline Studies Program), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and the Office of Naval Research Marine Mammals and Biology Program. Generous in-kind support was contributed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the National Science Foundation.

To learn more about the Arctic IERP and to view the films, please visit: https://nprb.org/arctic-program/. Films were produced by the North Pacific Research Board and Onpoint Outreach.

Arctic Conceptual Model workshop report available

An Arctic Conceptual Model workshop co-sponsored by NPRB was held April 30 – May 2, 2013 and the workshop report is available here. The recommended citation for this report is: Dickson, D. (Editor). 2014. Developing a Conceptual Model of the Arctic Marine Ecosystem. Workshop report, North Pacific Research Board, 92p.

Development and Initiation of NPRB Arctic Program

At its most recent board meeting, the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) formalized its intention to commit $6 million towards the development of an integrated Arctic research program. This allocation of additional funding represents NPRB’s commitment to the region as a priority area for continued research.

FROM: Denby S. Lloyd, Executive Director
            Matthew Baker, Science Director
            Danielle Dickson, Arctic Program Manager

DATE: May 12, 2014

SUBJECT: Development and Initiation of NPRB Arctic Program

At its most recent board meeting, the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) formalized its intention to commit $6 million towards the development of an integrated Arctic research program. This allocation of additional funding represents NPRB’s commitment to the region as a priority area for continued research.

NPRB’s goal is to develop a cohesive and synthetic research program that advances understanding of the Arctic marine ecosystem. NPRB will target research that supports effective management, sustainable resource use, and ecosystem information needs. The geographic extent of the program may include the northern Bering Sea (i.e. north of St. Matthew Island), the Bering Strait, the Chukchi Sea and/or the Beaufort Sea. Potential areas of research might include:

  • Ecosystem structure and processes, including energy pathways and production cycles, and their relationship to sea ice dynamics and advection patterns
  • Species dynamics and interactions, including tropic linkages
  • Projected shifts in distribution and phenology in the context of climate change
  • The role of increased human activity on Arctic marine ecosystems
  • The impact of ecological change on communities and ecosystem services

In coordination with interested external partners, an NPRB working group comprising board and panel members will further develop the framework of the program in the coming year. NPRB welcomes opportunities to explore partnerships that leverage resources to support coordinated research on marine ecosystems in the Arctic. We also welcome information regarding existing or planned studies that could impact the program design. If you have questions or would like to develop a partnership, please contact Danielle Dickson.

Arctic Ecosystem Perspectives: A Panel Discussion at the 2014 Alaska Marine Science Symposium

Join the discussion about Arctic marine research at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium on January 21 from 4:00-6:00 pm.

The Arctic Ecosystem Perspectives session at the 2014 Alaska Marine Science Symposium will consist of brief presentations from seven panel members about the exciting results and new research questions emerging from existing multi-disciplinary studies in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas.  The presentations will be followed by a discussion, and we encourage audience members to participate.  Please join us on Tuesday, January 21 at 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Hotel Captain Cook.  The table below lists the seven panelists and the titles of their presentations.

Panelist Title

Bodil Bluhm

The Arctic Basins: An integrated physical and biological perspective

Ken Dunton

The unique physical dynamics and biological seasonality of lagoon ecosystems along the eastern Alaska Beaufort Sea Coast: linkages to food webs and carbon resources

Kathy Kuletz

Seasonal and spatial patterns of marine bird and mammal distributions in the Pacific Arctic: A delineation of biologically important marine areas

Thomas Weingartner

The Hanna Shoal circulation field in the northeastern Chukchi Sea

Robert Day

The ecological structure of the northeastern Chukchi Sea: CSESP studies, 2008–2012

Jacqueline Grebmeier

Tracking physical drivers and ecosystem response in the Pacific Arctic through the Distributed Biological Observatory change detection array

Lee Cooper Results from the Pacific Marine Arctic Regional Synthesis (PacMARS)
Knut Aagaard

Knut Aagaard

Knut
Aagaard
University of Washington
aagaard@apl.washington.edu
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Dr. Aagaard investigates high-latitude oceanic processes and their role in climate. He is currently studying oceanic convection and its relationship to ice distribution; the contribution of the Pacific Ocean to arctic circulation; the role of fresh water from the Arctic Ocean in the control of the thermohaline circulation in the North Atlantic; and the formation of dense water on the continental shelf and its control of ocean stratification. His work involves ocean observations and monitoring as well as analysis, all within a broad regional framework. His research has entailed fieldwork throughout the Arctic Ocean and its adjacent seas and in the subarctic. Dr. Aagaard holds a joint appointment with the School of Oceanography. He has published several books and his research papers appear in a variety of oceanographic and geophysical journals.