Alaska Ocean Acidification Network Under Development
AOOS is working with partners to launch an Alaska Ocean Acidification Network, which will focus on expanding the understanding of OA processes and impacts in Alaska, as well as potential adaptation and mitigation actions. The network will connect scientists and stakeholder communities to identify knowledge gaps, recommend regional research and monitoring priorities, and share data, and best practices for monitoring. The first meeting of the interim steering committee was held in April, and activities for the upcoming year were outlined. Keep an eye out for a new website and more information. If you have questions, please email network coordinator Darcy Dugan at firstname.lastname@example.org
AOOS Adds New Beluga Portal
Through a grant with the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation AOOS has developed the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Ecosystem Portal. Resource managers now have a tool for integrating and visualizing Cook Inlet beluga sighting data with other biological, physical and socioeconomic data. The portal provides improved access to critical scientific information aiding ecosystem-based management and recovery of the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale and habitat. The portal can also be used for education and outreach to increase the public's awareness of this endangered species. It was developed in collaboration with the National Marine Fisheries Service, Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council and Axiom Data Science. Learn more.
AMSS 2016 A Huge Success
More than 800 scientists, agency managers and interested public attended the January 2016 Alaska Marine Science Symposium listening to almost 80 different plenaries and 5 keynotes, and viewing over 200 posters. Keynote speaker Ambassador Mark Brzezinski, Executive Director of the Arctic Executive Steering Committee at the White House, met with the AOOS Board for an update on AOOS activities in the Arctic. The AOOS Arctic Data Integration Portal, serving up extensive observational data on the Arctic, was highlighted.
IOOS Spring Board Meeting in DC
The "Closing the Gaps" campaign for High Frequency Radars (HFRs) was a highlight of the spring meeting in Washington, DC of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) program, the umbrella organization under which AOOS and 10 other Regional Associations operate. In 2016, HFR surface current mapping gaps were identified in 4 regions along with the need for operational support for existing aging systems across the network. If the congressional request is funded, Alaska would be one of the regions to receive additional HFR assets, for monitoring and safety along the Arctic Marine Highway in the Bering Strait region. Priorities for other observational assets will be identified in future years as part of the 5-year "Closing the Gaps" campaign.
BASIS Data Added to AOOS Ocean Data Explorer
Fish catch data from the Bering-Aleutian Salmon International Survey (BASIS) has been added as a layer to the AOOS data portal. This data is an important part of understanding salmon ecology in the Bering Sea and can now be viewed along with other physical and chemical ocean conditions. This project represents a long-running collaboration between Axiom, AOOS and NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center. Learn More.
AOOS Co-sponsors Aleutian Life Forum
As one of the main sponsors of the upcoming Aleutian Life Forum (ALF), slated for August 16-20 in Unalaska, AOOS will host a session on ocean acidification and introduce the new Alaska Ocean Acidification Network. The forum is a conference of national, state, and regional scientists, industry stakeholders, community leaders and local knowledge designed to promote resilient coastal communities. At this conference, pressing conservation issues will be discussed and action steps identified through informational sessions and community workshops. Learn more.