2013 Workshop

BEST-BSIERP, Bering Sea Synthesis project, 2013 workshop report

The second workshop in this synthesis was held February 26-28, 2013 in Friday Harbor, WA. The workshop brought together Principal Investigators (PIs) from the BEST-BSIERP program, from each of the synthesis efforts, and from previous research programs, as well as representatives from NPRB and several graduate students.

The goals of the 2013 Bering Sea Project Synthesis Workshop in Friday Harbor were to a) bring together experts on the Bering Sea ecosystem to review interactions between climate, physics, chemistry, and varying trophic levels of the ecosystem through data and models to address the hypotheses above, b) synthesize recent and historical data sets to gain new insights, and to develop conceptual models c) provide a forum for each of the synthesis programs to share their objectives and results with other PIs, and d) assemble a list of manuscripts being written as part of the BEST‐BSIERP synthesis programs. The central themes of the workshop (bottom‐up and top‐down controls of LCZ) were addressed through four hypotheses, each having several underlying questions.

H1: Bottom‐Up Control, Advection

H2: Bottom‐Up Control, Primary Production

H3: Bottom‐Up Control, Micro‐zooplankton 

H4: Top‐Down Control, Predation

The first day of the workshop was devoted to identifying links between the various synthesis efforts.  Each synthesis project provided a summary of their research goals and results.  The second day was devoted to addressing each of the four hypotheses through breakout sessions and plenary discussion.  The final day was used to identify manuscripts from each of the synthesis programs, discuss an open science meeting at the next Ocean Sciences Conference, and initiate a grand synthesis effort.  See the workshop report (link above) for more details.