Resources for Investigators
The Arctic Program will involve the integration of multiple streams of marine data, from physical forcing factors to the processes driving marine ecology, human dimensions and consideration of ecosystem services. Success of the program will rely on careful coordination and effective collaboration. In developing the broad direction for this program, recommendations provided by a wide variety of stakeholders and scientific experts were considered.
Below are some helpful resources related to the Arctic marine ecosystem and marine research.
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- Available Reports
- Data Archives & Map Servers
This portal integrates various types of Arctic data from sensor feeds, operational oceanographic and atmospheric models, satellite observations and GIS data sets describing the biological and physical characteristics of the Arctic region.
The “Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO)” is envisioned as a change detection array along a latitudinal gradient extending from the northern Bering Sea to the Barrow Arc.
During 2008-2014, Shell, ConocoPhillips, and Statoil funded the multi-disciplinary Chukchi Sea Environmental Studies Program (CSESP). Reports, peer-reviewed publications, and access to the data collected by the program may be found on the CSESP website.
The NSF Arctic Data Center will help the research community reproducibly preserve and discover all products of NSF-funded science in the Arctic, including data, metadata, software, documents, and provenance that link these in a coherent knowledge model.
The North Slope Science Catalog has been developed by the North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) to facilitate the discovery and distribution of science based data and information products.
The PacMARS data archive and map server is hosted by the Earth Observing Laboratory National Center for Atmospheric Research.
- Related Links
This site presents information about ongoing and completed BOEM ESP studies. Additionally the site allows text and map-based queries to find relevant study information. Study information includes downloadable electronic documents of study profiles, technical summaries, and final reports, and links to associated publications and digital data.
IARPC Collaborations provides a space for scientists and others from Federal, State, academic, non governmental, industry, and other organizations to collaborate to share knowledge and resources to accelerate the progress of Arctic research.
The NSB-DWM conducts research on subsistence resources on the North Slope, including their biology and natural history as well as their subsistence use.
Several Departmental Research Initiatives (DRI) funded by the Office of Naval Research are collecting data relevant to NPRB's Arctic IERP. These include Sea State and Boundary Layer Physics of the Emerging Arctic Ocean, Marginal Ice Zone, and Stratified Ocean Dynamics in the Arctic DRIs.
The Pacific Marine Arctic Regional Synthesis (PacMARS) was a research synthesis effort that assembled up-to-date written documentation that contributes to understanding the Pacific-influenced coastal shelf ecosystem of the Arctic Ocean. PacMARS provided recommendations for the direction of future research in the region that were referenced in developing NPRB's Arctic IERP.
Synthetic papers on a variety of subjects from oceanography to marine mammals were produced by the BOEM-funded Synthesis of Arctic Research (SOAR) project.
The Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) established Collaboration Teams in 2013 whose activities advance the research outlined in the IARPC 5-year plan. IARPC Collaboration Teams are open to scientific contributors from both inside and outside the Federal government.
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The Pacific Marine Arctic Regional Synthesis (PacMARS) was completed in early 2015; click here to download the final report. The report includes a synthesis of Arctic marine data that spans several decades, as well as recommendations for the direction of future research. Additional resources, including a report summarizing community input, may be found on the project website. The final report includes an appendix that contains an annotated list of data sources.
The Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO) is envisioned as a change detection array arranged along a latitudinal gradient from Bering Strait northward to Barrow Canyon, and more recently, extending eastward into the Beaufort Sea. International members of the Pacific Arctic Group, including the U.S.A., sample standard transects and share data. All researchers working in the area are encouraged to participate. Download the DBO data policy for a closer look at what participation entails. Click on the images to view the sampling location maps in more detail.