Multi-institutional, international cooperative project to determine the possible responses of Arctic marine communities to future global climate change by comparing retrospective patterns in benthic composition and distributions to past climatic events in the Barents and Bering Seas.
A long-term time-series of benthic information are being collected and quality-controlled for further use in this project. The data are from thousands of stations in the Barents and Bering Seas spanning across the past century
1) structure and distributions of definable communities/associations and/or biotopes 2) multivariate analyses carried out on composite data sets from groups of areas and from the region as a whole
Institute of Marine Science and Global Undersea Research Unit; Fairbanks Alaska USA Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences; St. Petersburg Russia Murmansk Marine Biological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences (MMBI); Murmansk, Russia
International Arctic Research Center (IARC) and Cooperative Institute For Arctic Research (CIFAR), Fairbanks, Alaska USA