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The Synthesis Of Arctic Research (SOAR) brings together a multidisciplinary group of Arctic scientists and residents to explore and integrate information from completed and ongoing marine research in the Pacific Arctic.

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SOAR Progress in Oceanography
    Synthesis Highlights
  • Over the decade 2004–2013 dramatic environmental changes in the Pacific Arctic suggest a ‘new normal’ climate is emerging.
  • Variable advection and hydrographic processes are key influences on benthic hotspots for seabird and marine mammal predators.
  • Six bowhead whale core-use areas are identified, and body condition suggests bowheads are faring well despite sea ice loss.
  • The Arctic Marine Pulses (AMP) conceptual model aims to animate advection models and link to pelagic-benthic coupling models.

Three alternating map images of the study area that include the northern Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea,western Beaufort Sea, and East Siberian Sea. Our goal is to increase scientific understanding of the relationships among oceanographic conditions, benthic organisms, lower trophic prey species (forage fish and zooplankton), seabirds, and marine mammal distribution and behavior in the Pacific Arctic. The SOAR project is supported by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and will assist in their evaluation of oil and gas development in the Arctic.

The SOAR project aims to create a platform for collaboration among scientists and Alaska Arctic residents. The SOAR has the overarching goal of using available data, analytical and modelling approaches to identify and test hypotheses that cross scientific disciplines. The geographic area is the Pacific Arctic, including the northern Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas, with time frames extending from days to decades.

The three primary objectives of the SOAR program are to:
  1. increase scientific understanding of the biophysical environment;
  2. enhance capability to predict future conditions; and
  3. effectively transmit findings of the synthesis to local residents, resource managers, science societies, and the general public.
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