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Title: A CPR-Based Survey to Monitor the GOA and Detect Ecosystem Change

Project Year and Number: 2003: 030624

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2013: 10100624, 2012: 10100624, 2011: 10100624, 2010: 10100624, 2007: 070624, 2006: 040624, 2005: 040624, 2004: 040624, 2002: 02624-BAA

Principal Investigator (PI): Sonia Batten, Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS)

Assisting Personnel: David Welch

Research Location: North Pacific

Restoration Category: Monitoring

Injured Resources Addressed: Not Specified

Abstract: Plankton are a critical link in the marine food chain that respond rapidly to climate change and form the link between the atmosphere and upper trophic levels. Many important marine resources in the Gulf of Alaska are strongly influenced by changes in ocean climate. We present evidence from recent Continuous Plankton Recorder work showing that significant changes occurred in all plankton communities in the gulf, associated with the recent climate shift, and that the Continuous Plankton Recorder is an appropriate tool for detecting such changes. This project will test the Continuous Plankton Recorder as an almost real-time indicator of ecosystem change across the gulf (the Alaska Coastal Current and offshore). Ships of Opportunity are a cost-effective platform for large scale monitoring. This project builds on collaborative efforts measuring physical parameters and marine bird/mammal populations. Simultaneous data collection and synthesis will assist in determining the underlying mechanisms and aid the GEM program in devising its long-term monitoring strategy.


Geographic Regions Aleutian Islands
Arctic Ocean
Bering Sea
Bristol Bay
Cook Inlet
Gulf of Alaska
Kodiak Island
Norton Sound
Prince William Sound
Southeast Alaska
Species Microorganisims - Phytoplankton
Microorganisims - Zooplankton
Fields of Expertise Management & Policy
Technological Methods Modeling
Professional Activity Field research and Data Collection
Ecosystems Marine – Nearshore
Marine – Pelagic
Species Specific Research Issues Microorganisims - Climate change
Microorganisims - Population dynamics

Proposal: View PDF (506 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2003

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2003

Annual Report: 2003: Not Available

Final Report: See Project 1557

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2013: 10100624 View (PDF) 2013: Due 09/01/2013
2012: Due 09/01/2012
2011: View (PDF)
2010: View (PDF)
In Review Prior to Publication - For More Information Please Contact Us No datasets
2007: 070624 View (PDF) 2007: View (PDF)
View No datasets
2006: 040624 View (PDF) 2006: View (PDF)
2005: Not Available
2004: View (PDF)
See Project 070624 See Project 070624
2002: 02624-BAA View (PDF) 2002: View (PDF)
See Project 070624 See Project 070624