Study Group: Marine Ecosystem Services
Statement of Purpose

This proposed SG aims to exchange and share studies on MES in North Pacific ecosystems, to promote ecosystem service sciences, and to suggest how consideration of MES could improve marine ecosystem (integrated) management.

While the focus of SG-MES lies within the general TOR of S-HD (but see 1 above), the work plan for S-HD is already very full. Formation of SG-MES will allow PICES to attract researchers with specific interest in MES while leaving S-HD members free to dedicate their effort to completing the current work-plan.

The SG-MES will help meet the FUTURE program’s Objective 1 (Understanding Critical Processes in the North Pacific) and Objective 2 (Status Reports, Outlooks, Forecasts, and Engagement). The third key scientific question under Objective 1 (How do human activities affect coastal ecosystems and how are societies affected by changes in these ecosystems?) are related to MES as studies on supply and consumption of ecosystem services provide a better understanding of North Pacific ecosystem status and change. In addition, the SG will contribute to Objective 2 as the next North Pacific Ecosystem Status Report is expected to include a preliminary assessment of MES.

Terms of Reference
  1. Review MES studies from the North Pacific region.
  2. Convene two workshops: (1) an intersessional workshop during the UNESCO/IOC/WESTPAC Conference (see funding request below) and, (2) a workshop at the 2017 PICES Annual Meeting. These workshops will examine the provision of MES in North Pacific waters and the scientific tools/methodologies for analyzing them.
  3. Develop a typology of marine ecosystem services and tools/methodologies that can be used to analyze them.
  4. Develop the terms of reference for a potential Working Group on MES and identify potential members of that WG who would reflect wider interests of scientists in PICES member nations, including relevance to the FUTURE mandate.
Annual Meetings



Session and Workshop Summaries

W2, Coastal ecosystem services in the North Pacific and analytical tools/methodologies for their assessment

Members as of Oct. 2017