Marine Arctic Ecosystem Study (MARES) – Ecosystem Dynamics and Monitoring of the Beaufort Sea: An Integrated Science Approach
Lead PI: Dr. Francis Wiese, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
Start Year: 2014 | Duration: 5 Years
Partners: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Office of Naval Research, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, North Slope Borough, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Shell, STANTEC Consulting Services, ArcticNet/BREA, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, ASL Environmental Sciences, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Monterrey Bay Aquarium, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Ocean Observing System, University of Rhode Island & Old Dominion University
The Marine Arctic Ecosystem Study (MARES) is an integrated ecosystem research initiative. The overarching goals of the study are to better understand the interrelationship of the physical, biological, chemical, and human systems, including traditional knowledge, of the Beaufort Sea and to advance scientific prediction capabilities for linkages between marine life, human uses, sea ice, atmospheric and oceanic processes and river discharge. It is important for BOEM and its NOPP partners to study and monitor areas known for high biological productivity and prevalent subsistence use to ensure their protection.