Working Group 39: Joint PICES/ICES/PAME Working Group on an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment for the Central Arctic Ocean

At PICES-2016, the ICES President requested that PICES join an existing ICES/PAME (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment) Working Group on an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment for the Central Arctic Ocean. This request was approved by Governing Council (Decision 2016/S/5). Preparing an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) for the Central Arctic Ocean (CAO) is a step needed to provide scientific advice on issues such as the prospect for future fisheries in the Arctic Ocean and sensitivity and vulnerability in relation to shipping activities. The working group also aims to improve the understanding of climate and ecosystem variability of the North Atlantic as well as in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska in the North Pacific.

WG 39 will consider approaches and methodologies for the IEA in the Central Arctic Ocean. For this purpose it will collect the relevant data and carry out analyses. Moreover, core research areas will be identified and outline of the CAO ecosystem will be developed.

Terms of Reference
  1. Consider approach and methodology (-ies) for doing an IEA for the CAO
  2. Assemble data and information and carry out appropriate statistical and other types of analyses including mathematical modelling
  3. Prepare an IEA outline for the current status of the CAO ecosystem (CAO LME and adjacent slope waters including Atlantic and Pacific inflows and relevant shelf-basin exchanges) and effects, potential effects and vulnerability in relation to climate variability and change and human activities such as Arctic shipping and potential future fisheries
  4. Consider requirements and design of monitoring of the CAO to meet the need for repeated IEA in the near future as well as other types of assessments (which can be modular components of IEAs)
  5. Identify priority research issues which, when addressed, can improve the knowledge base for the future iterations of the IEA
Dr. Zhongyong Gao (CC-S, WG-39)
Key Laboratory of Global Change and Marine-Atmospheric Chemistry
Third Institute of Oceanography, SOA
178 Daxue Rd., Siming District
Xiamen, Fujian
China, PR 361005
(86-592) 219 5121
(86-592) 219 5982
Dr. Guangshui Na (FUTURE-SSC, WG-31, WG-35, WG-39)
Marine Chemistry
National Marine Environmental Monitoring Center (NMEMC), SOA
42 Linghe St., Shahekou District
Dalian, Liaoning
China, PR 116023
(86-411) 8478-2702
(86-411) 8478-3277
Dr. Fang Zhang (WG-39)
Biological Department
Polar Research Institute of China
451 Jinqiao Rd., Pudong District
Shanghai, China, PR 200136
(86-21) 5871 7635
Prof. Sei-Ichi Saitoh (MONITOR, WG-39)
WG-39 PICES Co-Chair
Arctic Research Center
Hokkaido University
N21W11 Kita-Ku
Sapporo, Hokkaido
Japan 001-0021
(81-11) 706-9073
(81-138) 43-5015
Dr. Hyoung Chul Shin (WG-39)
Division of Strategy and Cooperation
Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI)
26 Songdomirae-ro, Yeonsu-gu
Incheon, Korea, R 21990
(82-32) 770-8430
(82-32) 770-8439