The PICES report on marine ecosystems is intended
to periodically review and summarize the status and trends of the marine
ecosystems in the North Pacific, and to consider the factors that are
causing or are expected to cause change in the near future. The first
report, begun in mid-2002 and completed about 18 months later, served
as a pilot project for what might be possible. This report was based largely
on geographic locations and subjects for which time series data or information
are readily available. The report also identified locations and subjects
where data were collected but are not yet available.
PICES requests your help to contribute to future updates
of this report. In general, we wish to describe the current state of marine
ecosystems in the North Pacific Ocean to understand whether they are similar
or different from what has been observed in the past. Specifically, we
request your help to tell us about, and to provide summary reports, figures,
tables, websites, and/or data that describe the recent (within the last
~5 years) status of marine ecosystems or their components. Those summaries
and reports that compare recent conditions with those that were observed
~10 years ago or more will be particularly useful. Information from short
time series that are expected to continue in the future is valuable too.
The subjects of interest are listed, but not limited to, those described
in the Table of Contents. The language does not need to be English; important
reports may be translated from other languages, as the budget allows.
The intergovernmental NPESR is being updated to 2008
under the leadership of Dr. Skip McKinnell (mckinnell aatt pices.int)
and Prof. Michael Dagg (mdagg aatt lumcon.edu) with guidance from Science
Board. Contact either of the project leaders to learn how you can contribute
to the report. Publication of the results is expected in spring, 2010.
Report on Marine Ecosystems of the North Pacific (pdf