BOEM announces MARES RFP solicitation now available

June 19, 2014
By Sandy Starkweather

Marine Arctic Ecosystem Study (MARES) Ecosystem Dynamics and Monitoring of the Beaufort Sea: An Integrated-Science Approach -- (Excerpt) The Marine Arctic Ecosystem Study (MARES) involves several core planning and research components: (1) conceptual framework and identification of desired outcomes, science priorities, and automated data collection strategies (e.g., gliders, moorings, animal-borne sensors); (2) field data collection, with emphasis on synoptic sampling of key geophysical attributes, to address identified priority information needs; (3) synthesis and integration of information regarding ocean conditions, biological productivity, and ecosystem feedbacks; (4) description of human interactions (subsistence) with the marine ecosystem using local and traditional ecological knowledge and western science; and (5) numerical modeling of biogeochemical processes to study marine ecosystem dynamics and possible change effects. Embedded in this rationale is the need to acquire high-resolution observations and high-resolution model data in order to address key questions on ecosystem dynamics and inter-system feedbacks. The US-Canadian border shall be used as the easternmost limit of the study domain.

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