Understanding Ecosystem Processes in the Bering Sea (2007-2012)

BEST-BSIERP Ecosystem Partnership – The North Pacific Research Board and the National Science Foundation are supporting a comprehensive, $52 million study of the eastern Bering Sea ecosystem from 2007–2012. Ninety-four federal, state, university, and private institution scientists are studying a range of issues in the Bering Sea—from atmospheric forcing and physical oceanography to humans and communities—including the attendant economic and social impacts of a changing ecosystem.

The scientific foundations for this large, innovative program are the National Science Foundation’s 2005 Bering Ecosystem Study (BEST) Program Implementation Plan and the North Pacific Research Board’s Bering Sea Integrated Ecosystem Research Program (BSIERP), which is based on NPRB’s 2005 Science Plan. This foundation supports research to improve understanding of how the Bering Sea may respond to climate change, particularly as mediated through changes in seasonal sea ice cover.

Link to source
Bearing Sea Project at a Glance (PDF)

More information:

  • Alaska Public Radio Network (APRN) – story on BEST-BSIERP Ecosystem Partnership and visit of Coast Guard icebreaker Healy to Unalaska (April 09, 2009).  Visit APRN site, or listen below.

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