NE Chukchi Sea Moored Ecosystem Observatory

Project Description

A multi-institutional, multi-investigator partnership operates and maintains a subsurface moored observatory on the NE Chukchi shelf near 71.6N, 161.5W. The first deployment occurred in September 2014 and the mooring will be redeployed annually through at least 2018. The instruments record with high temporal resolution throughout the year, including the under-sampled and poorly understood seasons when sea ice typically inhibits ship-based sampling. Measurements include ice, ocean physics, nutrient and carbonate chemistry, particulate matter, phytoplankton, zooplankton, fisheries, and marine mammal datasets, thereby providing multifaceted views into the intertrophic covariability of the Chukchi shelf ecosystem. This project is supported by a multi-institutional consortium that includes the Alaska Ocean Observing System, North Pacific Research Board, Olgoonik-Fairweather, Université Laval, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and University of Washington.

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Research Team

Principal Investigator

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Seth Danielson

Associate Professor
  • Continental shelf circulation processes
  • Data processing and analysis
  • Atmosphere-ocean interactions
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Russell Hopcroft

Chair, Department of Oceanography
  • trophodynamics
  • midwater ecology
  • zooplankton
  • Arctic and subarctic ecosystems
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Andrew McDonnell

Associate Professor
  • Ocean Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Marine Particle Dynamics
  • Ocean Acidification
  • Oceanographic Optics
  • Alaska's Blue Economy
(907) 474-7529
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Peter Winsor

Associate Professor
  • Alaska Ocean Observing System
  • Physical Oceanography
(907) 474-7740
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Claudine Hauri, Chemical Oceanography, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Catherine Lalande, Marine Biogeochemistry, Université Laval

Kate Stafford, Marine Mammal Acoustics, University of Washington


Project Funding

Multiple funding sources
Amount: $2,000,000
Start Date: 2014-06-00 End Date: 2020-07-00

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Chukchi Ecosystem Observatory

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