Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund
Chief Scientist Comments: I support the continuation of this project, although it will be important to evaluate how completely the physical oceanographic data being collected will support an understanding of all the factors forcing biological production in the Alaska Coastal Current. Despite the fact that the potential EVOS long-term monitoring program is not yet explicitly developed, the continuation of the GAK1 data set is very useful, and the joint development of this data set with the U.S. Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics (GLOBEC) program is valuable for coordination of their work with the Trustee Council.
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: This project will continue the existing 28-year time series of conductivity-temperature versus depth data collected at hydrographic station GAK1 on the northcentral Gulf of Alaska shelf. The GAK1 data set is useful to our evaluation of changes in the ecosystem (projects SEA/320, APEX/163, and NVP/025) and will be useful to the potential EVOS long-term monitoring program. The U.S. Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics (GLOBEC) program also contributes funding to this project.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)