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Title: LTM Program - Seward Line Monitoring

Project Year and Number: 2014: 14120114-J

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2018: 18120114-L, 2017: 17120114-L, 2016: 12120114-J, 2015: 12120114-J, 2014: 12120114-J, 2013: 13120114-J, 2013: 12120114-J, 2012: 12120114-J

Principal Investigator (PI): Russ Hopcroft

Assisting Personnel: None

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Injured Resources Addressed: Not Specified

Abstract: The ocean undergoes year-to-year variability in the physical environment, superimposed on longer-term cycles, and potential long-term trends. These variations influence ocean chemistry, and propagate through the lower trophic levels, ultimately influencing fish, seabirds and marine mammals. Over the past 50 years the Northern Pacific appears to have undergone at least one clear “regime shift”, while the last 12 years have seen multi-years shifts of major atmospheric indices, leaving uncertainty about what regime the coastal Gulf of Alaska is currently in. Regime shifts are often expressed as fundamental shifts in ecosystem structure and function, such as the 1976 regime shift that resulted in a change from a shrimp dominated fisheries to one dominated by pollock, salmon and halibut. Long-term observations are also critical to describe the current state, and natural variability inherent in an ecosystem at risk of significant anthropogenic impact. Given the potential for such profound impacts, this proposal seeks to continue multidisciplinary observations which began in 1997 along the Seward Line and in PWS that assess the current state of the Northern Gulf of Alaska, during 2012-2017. Such observations form critical indices of ecosystems status that help us understand some key aspects of the stability or change in upper ecosystems components for both the short and longer-term. By analogy, the weather has been for more than a hundred years, yet regular observations are still needed to know what is happening and what can be expected in the near future.


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Funding Detail For: 2014

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2014

Annual Report: 2014: View (279 KB)

Final Report: Final Report Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2018: 18120114-L View (PDF) 2018: View (PDF)
Final Report Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us No datasets
2017: 17120114-L View (PDF) 2017: View (PDF)
Final Report Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us No datasets
2016: 12120114-J View (PDF) 2016: Due 09/01/2016
2015: View (PDF)
2014: View (PDF)
Final Report Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us No datasets
2013: 13120114-J Not Available 2013: Due 09/01/2013
Final Report Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us No datasets
2013: 12120114-J View (PDF) 2013: View (PDF)
2012: View (PDF)
Final Report Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us No datasets