Resilience and adaptive capacity of arctic marine systems under a changing climate (RACArctic)

Project Description

This project will synthesize information from completed and ongoing regional studies conducted by three member countries (Japan, USA, Norway) to examine how variability and changes in advection, temperature, ocean acidity and ice dynamics in the Subarctic to Arctic transition zone may affect future marine ecosystems of the Pacific and Atlantic Arctic. In particular, we are interested in how fish populations and their prey respond to, and may adapt to, natural and anthropogenic changes in the Arctic and how their responses are expected to affect existing and future fisheries, subsistence harvests, and the socio-economic systems that depend upon them. Input from a variety of stakeholders who directly or indirectly depend on living marine resources will be solicited to identify issues of concern, including threats and opportunities, across member countries. We will also review the ability of current management frameworks in each country to adapt to anticipated changes and new challenges as identified in our synthesis of research findings and stakeholder inputs. The strengths and weaknesses of management institutions will be identified and will be compared across countries in terms of their resilience and their capacity to adapt to anticipated challenges associated with global warming and ocean acidification. This review and analysis will serve to lay the foundation for developing best practices for building resilient institutions with respect to data collection needs, scientific capacity, and policy frameworks.

Project Funding

National Science Foundation
Amount: $95,655
Start Date: 2015-06-00
End Date: 2018-05-00




Additional websites

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Research Team

Franz Mueter

Franz Mueter

Principal Investigator



  • climate effects on fish populations
  • dynamics of exploited populations
  • ecosystem oceanography
  • quantitative ecology
  • marine fisheries
  • multivariate analyses
  • population ecology
  • biostatistics
  • fisheries management

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Mike Sigler

Mike Sigler

Co-Principal Investigator

Affiliate Faculty


  • Population Dynamics
  • Fishery Stock Assessment

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Alan Haynie

Alan Haynie

Co-Principal Investigator

Affiliate Faculty


  • Natural resource economics and fisheries management
  • Fisher location choice and spatial econometric models and software
  • Economics of marine reserves and marine protected areas
  • Fishery rationalization, cooperatives, and catch shares
  • Bycatch reduction tools and incentives

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Co-Principal Investigators

George Hunt
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Henry Huntington
Huntington Consulting
Eagle River, USA

Ken Drinkwater
Institute of Marine Research
Bergen, Norway

Sei-Ichi Saitoh
Hokkaido University
Hakodate, Japan