Indicators of Status and Change within North Pacific Marine Ecosystems: A FUTURE Workshop
Timing: April 26–28, 2011
Location: East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
This workshop will be held in the Asia Room at the East-West Center (EWC) on the University of Hawaii campus, bus transportation between the Ala Moana Hotel and the venue will be provided.
Conveners: Thomas Therriault (AICE-AP; Canada), Jacquelynne King (COVE-AP; Canada) and Sachihiko Itoh (Japan)
Ecosystems are affected by a number of natural stressors and, more recently, an increased number of anthropogenic ones. Ultimately, these stressors result in changes to ecosystem structure and function, which in turn can affect their overall productivity and the societies that depend on them. Metrics of ecosystem status are required to measure impacts of stressors and monitor change. Ecosystem indicators also could be used to identify systems that are resilient or vulnerable to stressors.
One of the themes of the PICES FUTURE Science Plan focuses on ecosystem resiliency and vulnerability to stressors and how these attributes might change in the in the future. In order to ensure scientists have the ability to detect ecosystem-level changes in a consistent and standardized way, common metrics must be developed. Further, in an attempt to understand the amount of inherent variability in marine ecosystems, these metrics also need to incorporate measures of uncertainty that can be conveyed to end users, including managers and policy makers.
The goals of this workshop will be to identify:
1) means of determining ecosystem resilience or vulnerability;
2) ecosystem-level indicators of status and change, including but not limited to fisheries-based indicators;
3) methods to characterize uncertainty in these indicators;
4) common ecosystem indicators to be used for regional comparisons by the PICES’ community.
Please review the FUTURE Science Plan prior to this workshop (FUTURE). It outlines the key research questions (on pages 3-4) that underlie the objectives of this workshop.
Day 1: Ecosystem-level Indicators and Assessments
Invited Speaker: Dr. Marta Coll Mónton,
Institute of Marine Science, Barcelona, Spain
The IndiSeas experience to evaluate and communicate the ecological status of exploited marine ecosystems using data-based indicators, and additions from food-web modeling exercises ( pdf, 3.2 Mb )
A framework for selection of ecosystem indicators for the California Current and Puget Sound Integrated Ecosystem Assessments ( pdf, 1.5 Mb )
Natural Stable Isotope Abundance as an Indicator of Status and Change within North Pacific Marine Ecosystems ( pdf, 1.8 Mb )
Temporal Succession of Ecosystem Structure in the Kuroshio Extension Region: Are Gelatinous Zooplankton Species Indicators of Ecosystem Status? ( pdf, 1 Mb )
Marine Ecosystem Indicators in Europe 1 – The Marine Strategy Framework Directive and ICES ( pdf, 0.4 Mb )
Invited Speaker: Dr. Jake Rice
and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
Performance Testing of Indicators: From Telling Stories to Informing Decisions ( pdf, 0.5 Mb )
New Marine Environmental Assessment Method for Toyama Bay, Japan ( pdf, 1.3 Mb )
A recent indicator-based assessment of the eastern Bering Sea ( pdf, 0.7 Mb )
Day 2: Ecosystem Resilience & Indicator Uncertainty
Invited Speaker: Dr. Beth Fulton, CSIRO, Hobart,
Resilience - do we know enough to say we're monitoring it? ( pdf, 2.1 Mb )
Invited Speaker: Dr. Sarah Gaichas, Alaska
Fishery Science Center, Seattle, USA
Uncertainty in ecosystem indicators: known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns ( pdf, 2.2 Mb )
Marine Ecosystem Indicators in Europe 2 – Investigating reference levels to define good environmental status
Performance Testing of Ecosystem Indicators at Multiple Spatial Scales for the California Current ( pdf, 1.1 Mb )
Ecosystem status assessment in Korea ( pdf, 1.2 Mb )
Indicators of Ocean Conditions in the Northern California Current ( pdf, 0.8 Mb )