North Pacific Research Board Developing Coordinated Arctic Marine Research Program

October 21, 2014
By Jessica Rohde

North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) is currently developing a highly-collaborative Arctic marine ecosystem research program and is actively seeking partners. NPRB has committed $6 million and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and North Slope Borough/Shell Baseline Studies Program have each committed $1 million. The program is in the early stages of development and those interested in participating are encouraged to contact NPRB.

The geographic scope of the program will include the northern Bering Sea, Bering Strait, and Chukchi Sea and efforts will be made to collaborate with programs that are collecting data in the adjacent Beaufort Sea and Arctic Ocean, and potentially other pan-Arctic regional seas. NPRB is interested in funding research that examines the processes that determine the structure and function of the Chukchi Sea ecosystem, ecosystem-level changes that may be expected in response to recent changes in sea ice and advection, and cascading effects that extend to the availability of subsistence resources for people living in northern Alaska.

NPRB will work with partners to develop a request for proposals this winter and anticipates releasing an RFP in spring 2015. More information will be posted on the NPRB website as it becomes available. To discuss partnership opportunities, please contact Danielle Dickson, Arctic Program Manager (Danielle.Dickson@nprb.org) or Matthew Baker, Science Director (Matthew.Baker@nprb.org).

Article posted by Jessica Rohde on behalf of Danielle Dickson, NPRB

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