The Nearshore and Coastal Processes Initiative
Many Arctic processes that potentially affect
global climate are not well studied and
associated mechanisms are not well understood.
In certain regions of the Arctic Ocean,
including its shelves, there is only a minimal
description of circulation, hydrography, and
seasonal variability. Likewise, the few data
pertaining to biological productivity and the
fate of this production are so broadly
distributed in time and space that it is
difficult to distinguish temporal from spatial
The primary goal of the Arctic Nearshore and Coastal Processes Initiative is to improve our understanding of the biogeochemical and hydrological processes that occur on the nearshore zone of the arctic shelf and coastal plain with respect to changes in global climate. This international, multi-agency initiative would support land, river, and sea-based researchers who could take advantage of coordinated logistical capabilities that would otherwise be unavailable.
This forum will focus on the following questions, but participants are encouraged to share any research results, information, divergent opinions, and other information that will add to the discussion. All of the questions below will be moderated by Lee Cooper, Ken Dunton, and Steve Zeeman.
- How will earth system history research
approaches be important for assessing current
environmental change at the land-sea boundary
of the Arctic Ocean?
- How can we get school children living in arctic coastal communities interested in the challenges of environmental change within their local communities?
- How can we overcome the challenges of
conducting research that is useful to human
society across political and cultural
- What do we need to do to insure that local
residents of the Arctic coastal zone place
value on having scientists conduct research in
and near their communities?
- How will the Nearshore Initiative connect with researchers who primarily work on land?