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Title: A Synthesis of Natural Variability in the Nearshore: Can We Detect Change?

Project Year and Number: 2004: 040702

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: None

Principal Investigator (PI): Ginny Eckert, University of Alaska Southeast

Assisting Personnel: None

Research Location: Alaska (Synthesis)

Restoration Category: Research

Injured Resources Addressed: Not Specified

Abstract: One of the primary goals of the GEM program is to detect anthropogenic changes within the four focal habitats in the Gulf of Alaska; however natural variability in these systems can be so high that it prevents detection of human-induced effects. The goal of this proposal is to synthesize existing data to identify, within the nearshore habitat, environments and species that have less natural variability so that these variables can be included in the GEM monitoring plan. Data will be synthesized from the Gulf of Alaska and across a broad range of geographic areas to identify general characteristics that predict lower levels of natural variability in nearshore marine populations. The principal investigator is well suited to conduct this analysis because she was a coauthor of the current GEM nearshore monitoring plan, and she has conducted extensive analyses of natural population variability in nearshore organisms.


Geographic Regions Cook Inlet
Gulf of Alaska
Kodiak Island
Prince William Sound
Species Fish - Flatfish
Fish - Rockfish
Macro-invertebrates - Crab
Macro-invertebrates - Shrimp
Macro-invertebrates - Squid
Marine Mammals - Pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, walrus)
Marine Mammals - Sea Otters
Plants - Nonvascular - Marine
Seabirds - Sea ducks
Fields of Expertise Ecology

Proposal: View PDF (80 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2004 , 2005

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2004 , 2005

Annual Reports: 2004: View (19 KB) 2005: View (28 KB)

Final Report: View

Publications from this Project: None Available