Responses of Arctic Marine Ecosystems to Climate Change

28th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium

Hotel Captain Cook
Anchorage, Alaska
March 26–29, 2013

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Proceedings: Responses of Arctic Marine Ecosystems to Climate Change

The Arctic Ocean and its adjacent seas are undergoing rapid environmental changes, most notably in the extent and duration of sea ice cover. The biological consequences of these changes and their impacts on humans are complicated and therefore difficult to predict. For example, larger areas and a longer season of open water are likely to increase primary production, while low nutrient availability and more storm events may limit any such increases. Changes in the abundance and spatial distribution of some fish, birds, and mammals have been documented, but whether subarctic species will expand into the Arctic and how arctic species will respond to an extended ice-free season is highly uncertain.

This symposium advanced our understanding of present and future responses of arctic marine ecosystems to climate change at all trophic levels from plankton to marine mammals to humans by documenting and forecasting likely changes in environmental processes and the responses of species to those changes. Contributions focused on collaborative approaches to understanding and managing living marine resources in a changing Arctic and managing human responses—locally, regionally, and globally—to changing arctic marine ecosystems. Important insight and innovation can come from residents of the affected arctic communities.

Congratulations to the winners of the student presentation competition

Program and abstract book [PDF; 920 KB]

Program (includes links to PDFs of presentations)

Manuscript preparation guidelines [PDF; 181 KB]

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