Pacific Marine Arctic Regional Synthesis (PacMARS) Final Report Released

April 15, 2015
By Jessica Rohde

The Pacific Marine Arctic Regional Synthesis (PacMARS) is an integrated research effort that had a goal to facilitate new and cross-disciplinary synergies that promote understanding of the marine ecosystem of the greater Bering Strait region, including the northern Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas. The project was completed in early 2015. In coordination with products from the SOAR (Synthesis of Arctic Research) effort, the PacMARS project is envisioned to be the first phase of a multi-dimensional, multi-agency process to develop a coordinated, system level, natural and social science understanding of the changing Pacific Arctic region.

The PacMARS final report includes a background section for the major research topics relevant to the original objectives of the project, research themes, major findings, data gaps, and relevance of topics to local communities. Report authors developed questions for future directions associated with the six core themes, and present a conceptual model of the Chukchi and Beaufort Sea marine system to potentially guide future research program development. The project consolidates both published and unpublished data into synthesis products, including development of a annotated document of available data sets; summary data products were submitted to a PacMARS data archive coordinated by the Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

Citation: Grebmeier, J.M, L.W. Cooper, C.A. Ashjian, B.A. Bluhm, R.B. Campbell, K.E. Dunton, J. Moore, S. Okkonen, G. Sheffield, J. Trefry, and S.Y. Pasternak. 2015. Pacific Marine Arctic Regional Synthesis (PacMARS) Final Report, North Pacific Research Board. 259 pp. Full report available on the PacMARS website http://pacmars.cbl.umces.edu/.

PacMARS was funded by Shell Exploration & Production Company and ConocoPhillips, and administered and managed by the North Pacific Marine Research Institute through the North Pacific Research Board in consultation with the U.S. National Science Foundation Division of Polar Programs. SOAR was funded by BOEM.

Posted by Jessica Rohde on behalf of Jackie Grebmeier and Lee Cooper (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Chesepeake Biological Laboratory)

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