ESSAS - Ecosystem Studies of Subarctic and Arctic Seas

What’s New

  • 2023 ESSAS Annual Science Meeting in Bergen, Norway (The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to March 31, 2023)

    2023 ESSAS Annual Science Meeting: “Ecological, social and economic dynamics of high-latitude coastal systems”

    For session descriptions, see below!

    Dates: June 20-22, 2023

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  • PESAS Special Issue in Quaternary Research

    ESSAS is pleased to announce the publication of a special issue of the journal Quaternary Research (v. 108)  dedicated to research of the ESSAS working group “Paleoecology of Subarctic and Arctic Seas” (PESAS).

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  • 2022 ESSAS Annual Science Meeting in Seattle, Washington (Final updates)

    2022 Ecosystem Studies of the Subarctic and Arctic Seas (ESSAS) Annual Science Meeting: “Bridging the past and present to manage the future of northern fisheries and ecosystems”

    Final Conference Program 

    All registered participants will receive a Zoom link no later than Friday, June 17

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  • Opportunity for Early Career Scientists to join ESSAS steering committee

    If you are interested in the impacts of climate change on high-latitude marine ecosystems, this is your opportunity to help shape the future of the Ecosystem Studies of the Subarctic and Arctic Seas (ESSAS) program.

    ESSAS is a regional program under the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR) project and is inviting nominations for an Early Career Scientist (within 6 years of PhD completion, excluding any periods of leave) to join its Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) for a three-year renewable term. The SSC is responsible for the development, planning and implementation of science with the goal to “compare, quantify and predict the impact of climate variability on the productivity and sustainability of Subarctic and Arctic marine ecosystems.

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  • 2021 ESSAS Webinar Annual Science Meeting in Sapporo, Japan 30 May–4 June, 2021 (Abstract submission extended)

    “Linking past and present marine ecosystems to inform future fisheries and aquaculture”
    Webinar at http://xxxxxxx (to be announced)
    Host of webinar, Arctic Research Center, Hokkaido University
    Date: 30 May – 4 June, 2021

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  • ESSAS 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19

    Dear all submitters of abstract and participants of ESSAS ASM 2020,

    We regret to inform all of you that the ESSAS Annual Science Meeting (ASM) 2020, scheduled on 31 May-5 June 2020 in Sapporo, Japan, is canceled as a proactive measure against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Japan and foreign countries.

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  • ESSAS session and workshop on high-latitude ecosystems

    The Ecosystem Studies of Subarctic and Arctic Seas (ESSAS) program will be organizing a session on ‘’Arctic marine ecosystems in a changing climate’’ and a workshop on the ‘’ Bioenergetics and survival trajectories of Arctic fish in response to environmental stressors’’ as part of the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research project (IMBeR) Open Science Conference Future Oceans2: ocean sustainability for the benefit of society: understanding, challenges, and solutions to be held at Le Quartz Congress Centre in Brest, France, June 17-21, 2019.

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  • Highlights from the 2018 Annual Science Meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska

    2018 Annual Science Meeting and SSC meeting
    Fairbanks, Alaska, June 12-14, 2018

    The Ecosystem Studies of the Subarctic and Arctic held its Annual Science Meeting at the Wedgewood Resort in Fairbanks, Alaska. A major theme of the 2018 meeting was the use of satellites in studying high-latitude marine ecosystems. The Fairbanks location was chosen in part because it is home to the Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF) and a desire to raise awareness within the ESSAS community about tools and capabilities for processing, mapping and analyzing satellite data available through ASF.

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  • Third RACArctic (Resilience and adaptive capacity of Arctic marine systems under a changing climate) meeting

    The third RACArctic meeting was held at Institute of Marine Research in Tromso, Norway, from 6-8 March 2018. The meeting was attended by 14 participants from Japan, US, and Norway and was primarily focused on rigorous discussion as to the contents and structure of the peer-reviewed publications, which are being prepared as one of the main outputs of this 3-year project.      

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  • 2018 ESSAS Annual Science Meeting in Alaska

    ESSAS (Ecosystem Studies of Subarctic and Arctic Seas) will hold its 2018 Annual Science Meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, 12 to 14 June 2018.  

    A primary focus of the meeting is on remote sensing applications in the study of climate change impacts on high-latitude ecosystems.  Additional sessions and workshops focus on ocean acidification and other stressors; the biology, ecology and paleoecology of Arctic Gadids, and the use of Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEA) as a framework for understanding and managing subarctic and Arctic marine ecosystems. The meeting is intended to attract an interdisciplinary group of scholars, including remote sensing experts, who are interested in innovative approaches to studying subarctic and arctic waters and their living marine resources in both the North Atlantic and the North Pacific during a time of rapid changes.

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Contact us

For any questions about ESSAS or further information please contact any of the ESSAS Co-chairs

Benjamin Planque
Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway

Franz Mueter
University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

Naomi Harada
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo
Kashiwa, Japan