Organization Structure 2017 - 2018
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GC: Governing Council (GC)
The Governing Council (GC) is the decision-making body of the Organization composed of national representatives. The scientific and administrative functions, procedures and membership of GC are described in Articles V-VII of the PICES Convention and in Rules 3-9 of the Rules of Procedure.
Executive Committees
An Executive Committee is a permanent committee reporting directly to GC. With the approval of GC, an Executive Committee may establish subsidiary bodies to meet the needs of the Organization.
  • F&A The Finance and Administration Committee (F&A) is an Executive Committee responsible for overseeing financial and administrative matters and effectiveness of the Organization. Details on the functions, membership and leadership of F&A are described in Rule 19 of the Rules of Procedure.
  • SB The Science Board (SB) is an Executive Committee responsible for overseeing the scientific activities of the Organization. Details on the functions, membership and leadership of SB and on the nomination and election procedure for the SB Chairman are described in Rules 12 and 17 of the Rules of Procedure.
  • Subsidiary Bodies
  • PICES Committees FUTURE-SSC SG-CEP SG-MES SG-MMP SG-NPESR-3 SG-PICES-NPFC S-HD WG 39
Scientific and Technical Committees
The Scientific and Technical Committees are established by SB, with the approval of GC, as ongoing groups and are organized according to scientific or technical subjects. Each Committee is responsible for overseeing the activities of their subsidiary bodies and for determining priorities for consideration by SB and GC. Details on the functions, membership and leadership of the Committees and on the election procedure for a Committee Chairman are described in Rules 13, 14 and 17 of the Rules of Procedure.

Scientific Committees

Scientific Committees are responsible for the planning, direction, and overseeing of major themes within the Organization’s general scientific aims.
  • HD Human Dimension Committee
  • Subsidiary Bodies
  • WG 41

Technical Committees

Technical Committees are responsible for facilitating the technical and operational activities required to support the Organization’s science.
  • TCODE Technical Committee on Data Exchange
  • Subsidiary Bodies
  • AP-NPCOOS
Scientific Program
A Scientific Program is established by SB, with the approval of GC, to address major scientific questions of general interest to the Organization. The Scientific Program typically places significant demands on the Organization for periods of up to a decade. The Program has an organizational structure recommended by SB, and SB serves as the Scientific Steering Committee of the Program.

Expert Groups (Subsidiary Bodies)

Expert Groups (Sections, Working Groups, Advisory Panels, Study Groups, etc.) are organizational entities created by decision. Details on the functions, membership and leadership of various Expert Groups are described in Rules 13, 15 and 17 of the Rules of Procedure.

Sections

A Section is an ongoing sub-committee established by a Scientific Committee or by several Scientific Committees, with the endorsement of SB and approval by GC, to consider, in greater detail, topics of sufficient general importance to the Organization that warrant continuing attention. Section on Marine Birds and Mammals S-MBM
(Oct. 2015 - 2020)
Section on Climate Change Effects on Marine Ecosystems S-CCME
(Oct. 2011 - 2017)
Section on Human Dimensions of Marine Systems S-HD
(Oct. 2011 - 2017)
Section on Ecology of Harmful Algal Blooms in the North Pacific S-HAB
(Oct. 2003 - 2017)
Section on Carbon and Climate S-CC
(Oct. 2005 - 2016)

Working Groups

A Working Group is a group established by a Scientific Committee or by several Scientific Committees, with the endorsement of SB and approval by GC, for a period of typically three years, to undertake specific terms of reference and to report to the Organization on its findings. Working Group on Marine Ecosystem Services WG 41
(Sept. 2017 - Sept. 2020)
Working Group on Climate and Ecosystem Predictability WG 40
(2017 - )
Joint PICES/ICES/PAME Working Group on an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment for the Central Arctic Ocean WG 39
(Nov. 2016 - Oct. 2018)
Working Group on Mesoscale and Submesoscale Processes WG 38
(Nov. 2016 - Oct. 2019)
Working Group on Zooplankton Production Methodologies, Applications and Measurements in PICES Regions WG 37
(Nov. 2016 - Oct. 2019)
Working Group on Common Ecosystem Reference Points across PICES Member Countries WG 36
(Nov. 2016 - Oct. 2019)
Working Group on Third North Pacific Ecosystem Status Report (WG-NPESR3) WG 35
(May 2016 – Oct. 2019)
Joint PICES/ISC Working Group on Ocean Conditions and the Distribution and Productivity of Highly Migratory Fish WG 34
(Oct. 2015 - 2018)
Joint PICES/ICES Working Group on Climate Change and Biologically-driven Ocean Carbon Sequestration WG 33
(Oct. 2015 - 2018)
Working Group on Biodiversity of Biogenic Habitats WG 32
(Jan. 2015 - 2017)
Working Group on Emerging Topics in Marine Pollution WG 31
(Jan. 2014 - 2017)
Working Group on Assessment of Marine Environmental Quality of Radiation around the North Pacific WG 30
(Aug. 2013 - 2017)

Advisory Panels

An Advisory Panel is a group established by SB, with approval by GC, to coordinate and/or provide scientific advice on the activities of a Scientific/Technical Committee or Scientific Program. Advisory Panel on Marine Non-indigenous Species AP-NIS
(Jun. 2016 - )
Advisory Panel on North Pacific Coastal Ocean Observing Systems AP-NPCOOS
(Oct. 2015 - )
Advisory Panel for a CREAMS/PICES Program in East Asian Marginal Seas AP-CREAMS
(Oct. 2005 - 2019)

Study Groups

PICES Disbanded Groups