National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce
Bowhead whale and calf in the Arctic
Bowhead whale location densities
Pancake ice in the northern Bering Sea
Seasonal distribution of integrated primary production
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.

SOAR was initiated in 2011 with funding from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to increase scientific understanding of the relationships in the Pacific Arctic among:

  • oceanography (physics, chemistry, sea ice)
  • benthic organisms
  • lower trophic species (forage fish, zooplankton)
  • higher trophic species (marine mammals & birds)

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.

The first phase of the synthesis resulted in a special issue of Progress in Oceanography, volume 136, published in August 2015.

The second phase of SOAR is developing a series of new synthesis papers to be published in a special issue of Deep-Sea Research Part II – Topical Studies in Oceanography.

We invite you download two overview publications that provide further context and update for the SOAR project:

Sheffield Guy, L., S. E. Moore and P. Stabeno, (2012), Marine ecosystem synthesis: From physics to whales in the Pacific Arctic, Eos Trans. AGU, 93, doi:10.1029/2012EO480007

Sheffield Guy, L., S. E. Moore, and P. J. Stabeno (2016), What does the Pacific Arctic’s new normal mean for marine life?, Eos Trans. AGU, 97, doi:10.1029/2016EO051731