ESSAS - Ecosystem Studies of Subarctic and Arctic Seas

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  • 2020 ESSAS Annual Science Meeting in Sapporo, Japan

    ESSAS (Ecosystem Studies of Subarctic and Arctic Seas) will hold its annual science meeting on “Linking past and present marine ecosystems to inform future fisheries and aquaculture” in Sapporo, Japan, 1-3 June 2020. The list of meeting sessions will be posted soon, stay tuned!

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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. Please post and circulate this announcement among your networks and we hope to see you in Brest for an exceptional research and networking meeting.Future Oceans2 provides an opportunity to join world leading researchers to present advances in science from …

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

    2018 Annual Science Meeting and SSC meetingFairbanks, Alaska, June 12-14, 2018The 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.The Annual Science Meeting attracted 39 scientists from seven countries and included the following sessions and a workshops (see also attached program):Group photo …

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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 …

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  • 2018 ESSAS ASM: The Use of Satellite Imagery in Subarctic and Arctic Ecosystem Research

    The ESSAS Annual Science Meeting will be held at Fairbanks, Alaska, USA from June 11-15, 2018.  The main theme of the meeting is “On the Use of Satellite Oceanography to Explore Ecosystem Dynamics in Subarctic and Arctic Regions.We seek presentations showing the use of satellite imagery to examine the role of climate on ecosystem processes, on comparative studies between different ecosystems in the Arctic and Subarctic, tracking marine mammals, fisheries, improved methodology in satellite oceanography, etc. Other potential topics are:(1) Workshop on Arctic Gadids (primarily Boreogadus saida)(2) PaleoEcology: Continuation of the work of the ESSAS Working Group on PaleoEcology of Subarctic and Arctic Seas (PESAS)(3) Ocean Acidification: Organized by the new …

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  • ESSAS Open Science Meeting

    ESSAS held its Open Science Meeting on 11-15 June, 2017, in Tromsø, Norway. The overall theme was “Moving in, out, and across Arctic and Subarctic Marine Ecosystems: Shifting Boundaries of Water, Ice, Flora, Fauna, People and Institutions”. The theme highlights the dynamic nature of these Marine Ecosystems in a time of rapid change, and the implications for people that depend on the services provided by these systems. The conference drew a total of 187 participants from 17 countries with a majority from Norway (89), the US (37), Japan (18), and Canada (10). Presentations touched on all aspects of marine ecosystems and were grouped into the following sessions:S1.  Paleo-EcologyS2.   Advection and …

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  • ESSAS Co-Chair Sei-Ichi Saitoh wins PICES Wooster Award

    Prof. Sei-Ichi Saitoh was honoured by PICES at their 2016 annual science meeting held in San Diego, California at the beginning of November.  He received the Wooster Award, named in honour of Professor Warren S. Wooster, a principal founder and the first Chairman of PICES, is given annually to an individual who has made significant scientific contributions to North Pacific marine science, such as understanding and predicting the role of human and climate interactions on marine ecosystem production.Prof. Saitoh received the award for his world class research on satellite oceanography, his efforts to use satellites to help the fishing industry understand the role of physical oceanography on fish stock distributions, …

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  • 2016 ESSAS Annual Science Meeting

    ESSAS (Ecosystem Studies of Sub-Arctic Seas) will hold its 11th Annual Science Meeting in Yokohama, Japan 7-9 March 2016. The main topic of this meeting is “Scientific Challenges in Changing Arctic and Subarctic”.  Abstract deadline is 12 February. More information

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  • First international and multi-disciplinary meeting on RACArctic

    The first 3-day meeting on “Resilience and adaptive capacity of Arctic marine systems under a changing climate (RACArctic)” was held from March 1-3, 2016.

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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
Alaska, USA

Naomi Harada
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
Yokosuka, Japan