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:
- increase scientific understanding of the biophysical environment;
- enhance capability to predict future conditions; and
- 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 developed a series of new synthesis papers, published in June of 2018 in a special issue of Deep-Sea Research Part II as volume 152.
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