ESSAS - Ecosystem Studies of Subarctic and Arctic Seas

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

Ecosystem Studies of Subarctic and Arctic Seas (ESSAS), one of the regional programs of the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research project (IMBeR). The goal of the ESSAS Program is to compare, quantify and predict the impact of climate variability on the productivity and sustainability of Subarctic and Arctic marine ecosystems. Although the ESSAS Annual Science Meeting (ASM) scheduled in July 2020 had to be canceled due to COVID-19, the 2021 ASM will be held as a webinar (web seminar) style meeting.

Both academic communities and local stakeholders in Hokkaido are interested in how Arctic and sub-Arctic marine systems will change in the future. Of relevance to these concerns is information from the natural and social sciences, including economics. The 2021 ESSAS ASM will build on a previous international project funded by the Belmont Forum, which examined the resilience and adaptive capacity of Arctic and sub-Arctic marine systems. We seek to understand the mechanisms by which climate change will affect aquaculture and capture fisheries, how these changes will affect resource-dependent communities, and how management can foster resilience in these systems.

We welcome submission of abstracts to the General Session of the 2021 ASM on 1 June to address the above themes. Specifically, we seek contributions that draw on findings from all fields, including paleoecology, contemporary ecology and the social sciences, to help inform our understanding of future changes affecting fisheries and aquaculture in high-latitude marine ecosystems. In addition, we would like to invite you to the virtual excursion to renewal “UPOPOY, National Ainu Museum and Park”. Please access this URL, and click the YouTube mark on the top page of website for virtual excursion in the museum.

We look forward to productive discussions with many participants!

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 15 March, 2021
  • Deadline for registration on the website: 30 April, 2021
  • For registration & abstract submission, please click here
  • Registration fee: Free
  • On May 28 or 29, the webinar URL will be directly sent to all registrants

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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