Arctic Ecosystem Study Launched by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP)

November 24, 2014
By Jessica Rohde

BOEM and NOPP partners announced the award of a broad Arctic study that will investigate the interrelationship among the physical, biological, chemical and social science components of the Beaufort Sea ecosystem from Barrow, Alaska, to the Mackenzie River delta in Canadian waters. 

The Marine Arctic Ecosystem Study (MARES) is an integrated ecosystem research initiative coordinated and planned by BOEM in conjunction with its federal and private sector partners: U.S. Arctic Research Commission, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, Marine Mammal Commission, National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Naval Research, and Shell Oil Company.

The planned research aligns well with stated goals from the National Ocean Policy and the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC). Interagency collaboration, integrated science, ecosystem-based management, and use of local and traditional knowledge are at the heart of these policies. 

This article is an excerpt from the full press release published by BOEM. It was posted by Jessica Rohde on behalf of Guillermo Auad.

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