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: