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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.

WHo we are
GENERAL INFO

Established in 2001, NPRB is a marine research organization that supports pressing fishery management issues or marine ecosystem needs.

REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

More than 600 peer-reviewed publications have been produced through NPRB-funded research. Browse our library and our reports here.

LEADERSHIP

NPRB comprises a 20 member Board, representing Federal, State, and other entitites while receiving advice from Science and Advisory Panels.

PARTNERSHIPS

Looking to partner with NPRB? NPRB welcomes partnerships to co-fund research in areas of common interest and across its programs.

OUTREACH & ENGAGEMENT

NPRB communicates and engages with a broad and diverse set of Alaskan stakeholders and audiences, from coastal communities to academia.

STAFF

NPRB staff support the Board, Science, and Advisory Panels for funding decisions, science priorities, recommendations, and program management.

Funding Available

The Core Program offers year-round funding with flexible rolling submission options.

SUBMIT YOUR RESEARCH PRIORITIES

NPRB staff begins developing draft research priorities for the Core Program in late July and August. Submit before July 2nd to be considered for the current year’s RFP development. 

Our Programs
INTEGRATED ECOSYSTEM PROGRAMS
SCIENCE FOUNDATION

NPRB maintains scientific programs designed to address pressing fishery management issues and Alaska marine ecosystem information needs.

CORE PROGRAM

NPRB supports a competitive, peer-reviewed annual request for proposal (RFP) process dedicated to marine research in Alaskan waters.

The Arctic Integrated Ecosystem Reserach Program looked at how physical changes in the ocean influence the flow of energy through the marine food web in the Bering Strait, Chukchi Sea, and western Beaufort Sea from 2017-2021.

OUTREACH PROGRAM

Supporting science communication, engagement, outreach, and education initiatives for all our research programs.

LONG-TERM MONITORING

This program supports new or existing time-series research that enhance the ability to understand the current state of marine ecosystems.

The Bering Sea Project, a partnership between the North Pacific Research Board and the National Science Foundation, sought to understand the impacts of climate change and dynamic sea ice cover on the eastern Bering Sea ecosystem.

INTEGRATED ECOSYSTEM RESEARCH

These are large-scale interdisciplinary ecosystem-based programs, requiring multiple agency coordination, collaboration, and investigation.

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARDS

NPRB supports next generation scientists, researchers, and resource managers to further their studies in relevant fields of marine science and to our mission.

The Gulf of Alaska Project tested three main hypotheses about the survival and recruitment of five focal groundfish species (Pacific cod, Pacific ocean perch, walleye pollock, arrowtooth flounder, sablefish) during their first year of life.

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