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HEPR: Bering Sea Project

Research Areas:
Loss of Sea Ice
Essential Fish Habitat
Ocean Acidification
Bering Sea Project
Core Team Members

The Bering Sea Project, a partnership between the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), sought to understand the impacts of climate change and dynamic sea ice cover on the eastern Bering Sea ecosystem. NOAA also committed major in-kind resources (~$11 M) of personnel, equipment, and ship time as well program leadership (e.g., half of steering committee membership).

More than one hundred scientists engaged in field research and ecosystem modeling to link climate, physical oceanography, plankton, fishes, seabirds, marine mammals, humans, traditional knowledge and economic outcomes to better understand the mechanisms that sustain this highly productive region.

Field research began in 2007 and concluded in 2010. Synthesis and reporting concluded during 2016. Major program results were reported at the 2014 Alaska Marine Science Symposium and to NPRB and NSF.

For more information, visit the Bering Sea Project site at NPRB.


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