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Webinar: Bering Science: Spring 2020 Bering Region Ocean Update

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Thursday, 23 July 2020, 2:00

Thursday, July 23, 2020. 2:00 PM. Webinar: Bering Science: Spring 2020 Bering Region Ocean Update. Molly McCammon, AOOS; Rick Thoman, ACCAP. Sponsored by AACP. More information here.

The Bering Sea is undergoing rapid unprecedented change. Elders across the region have reported changes in sea ice quality and timing for decades. Sea ice extent in the late winters of 2018 and 2019 were by far the lowest recorded since satellite monitoring began in 1978. And even though sea ice and air temperatures were closer to “normal” this past winter, environmental change is having profound impacts on the fish, bird and marine mammals of the Bering Sea, as
well as the peoples of the region who depend on these resources. Using funds from a national Ocean Data Sharing Initiative, the Alaska Ocean Observing System is working with federal and academic partners and Bering region communities to foster greater sharing of Indigenous ocean-related observations and scientific information. We will be presenting some new data and information products, based on the needs of federal and state agency managers, coastal
communities, tribes, and private industry, and invite webinar participants and other residents of western Alaska to join our conversation about their observations and their needs.

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