PacMARS-SOAR Open Workshop

13 December 2012

PacMARS-SOAR Open Workshop
20 January 2013
Captain Cook Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska

Further information will be available at:

For questions, please contact:
Jackie Grebmeier

Sue Moore

The Pacific Marine Arctic Regional Synthesis (PacMARS) and the Synthesis
of Arctic Research (SOAR) announce that an open community workshop will
be held 20 January 2013, just prior to the 2013 Alaska Marine Science
Symposium in Anchorage, Alaska.

PacMARS is a project underwritten by the North Pacific Marine Research
Institute to assemble, by mid-year 2013, up-to-date written
documentation that contributes to understanding the Pacific-influenced
continental shelf ecosystem of the Arctic Ocean. The objective is to
compile the best available knowledge from local communities,
peer-reviewed social and natural sciences, and less readily available
knowledge sources. The overall goal is to provide guidance for
scientific research needs in the region. SOAR is a 5-year project
supported by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). SOAR is
chartered to synthesize scientific information and local observations to
improve understanding of the relationships among oceanographic
conditions, benthic organisms, lower trophic prey species (forage fish
and zooplankton), seabirds, and marine mammal distribution and behavior
for the Pacific arctic region. The SOAR effort builds on existing
interdisciplinary work to develop detailed syntheses to inform
management decision-makers and to guide future research studies.

The workshop will provide an update of activities for both the PacMARS
and SOAR projects, and solicit input on themes for future research
initiatives in the region. The agenda for the PacMARS-SOAR workshop will
include highlight presentations of activities from both synthesis
projects, followed by break-out sessions with the workshop participants
to identify additional data synthesis activities being undertaken, and
to develop a composite of scientific themes for future interdisciplinary
and interagency efforts in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.

To attend the workshop, please complete the registration form available

Further information will be available at:

For questions, please contact:
Jackie Grebmeier

Sue Moore

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