Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund
Chief Scientist Comments: Understanding seasonal, annual, interannual, and decadal changes in the Alaska Coastal Current may well be key to understanding how climate-forced biological changes are mediated through oceanographic processes, including nutrient recycling to the photic zone on the shelf. In addition to continued monitoring of GAK-1 on the Seward line, the proposed FY 00 work includes continued retrospective analysis of the 29-year data record at this station. Although the Trustee Council's long-term monitoring plan (GEM, Gulf Ecosystem Monitoring) has not yet been completed, it is hard to imagine that continuation of this data stream will not be part of that plan. The project is on track in terms of meeting its objectives and project personnel are excellent.
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: The project will continue the existing 29-year time series of conductivity-temperature versus depth data collected at hydrographic station GAK1 on the northcentral Gulf of Alaska shelf and in FY 00 includes retrospective analysis of the data record at this station. The GAK1 dataset will be useful to the Trustee Council's long-term monitoring program (currently under development as GEM, Gulf Ecosystem Monitoring).
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)