Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund
Chief Scientist Comments: This is the fourth year of a proposed four-year effort to maintain the 30-year time series of monthly conductivity-temperature at depth (CTD) data collected at hydrographic station GAK1. Changes in atmospheric and ocean climate are conspicuous and have numerous biological correlates at several time scales. Decadal scale variability is implicated as the cause of changing abundances of many species of fish, seabirds, and marine mammals in the North Pacific, although the mechanisms remain unknown. Findings to date are expected to be highly useful to interpretation of restoration program findings, and are also expected to be important to planning for GEM (Gulf Ecosystem Monitoring, the Trustee Council's long-term monitoring program).
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: Fund; however, if GLOBEC contribution to this project is approved, Trustee Council contribution may be reduced, resulting in a lapse of a small amount of the funds approved. This project will continue the existing 30-year time series of conductivity- temperature at depth (CTD) data collected at hydrographic station GAK1 on the northcentral Gulf of Alaska shelf and, as 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 research and monitoring program (GEM, Gulf Ecosystem Monitoring).
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)