The NEP Program

Cruise Plans

Cruise Reports/Misc. Graphics


Funded Projects

NEP Contacts

Data Policy

NEP Steering Committee

Related NEP Research


Gateway to U.S. GLOBEC
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Program in a Nutshell
Goal: To understand the effects of climate variability and climate change on the distribution, abundance and production of marine animals (including commercially important living marine resources) in the eastern North Pacific. To embody this understanding in diagnostic and prognostic ecosystem models, capable of capturing the ecosystem response to major climatic fluctuations.
Approach:To study the effects of past and present climate variability on the population ecology and population dynamics of marine biota and living marine resources, and to use this information as a proxy for how the ecosystems of the eastern North Pacific may respond to future global climate change. The strong temporal variability in the physical and biological signals of the NEP will be used to examine the biophysical mechanisms through which zooplankton and salmon populations respond to physical forcing and biological interactions in the coastal regions of the two gyres. Annual and interannual variability will be studied directly through long-term observations and detailed process studies; variability at longer time scales will be examined through retrospective analysis of directly measured and proxy data. Coupled biophysical models of the ecosystems of these regions will be developed and tested using the process studies and data collected from the long-term observation programs, then further tested and improved by hindcasting selected retrospective data series.

Serving U.S. GLOBEC Northeast Pacific Data.
As of 23 November 1999, we begin to serve U.S. GLOBEC NEP data using a datasystem developed within the JGOFS (Joint Global Ocean Flux Study) program. Additional information about the JGOFS Data System can be obtained here. This database has been used extensively in the U.S. GLOBEC Georges Bank program located at http://globec.whoi.edu.


  • November 13-16, 2001. GLOBEC Northeast Pacific Scientific Investigator Meeting, Pacific Marine Environmental Lab, Seattle, WA. An agenda for the meeting is available by clicking here
  • Gulf of Alaska Satellite Images
  • CGOA-LTOP Cruise Reports are here.

Oregon/CCS and CGOA LTOP Programs have Web Sites.
CCS Web Page.
CGOA Web Page.

SeaSoar and ADCP Plots/Data from 2000 Cruises.
The SeaSoar/ADCP group at Oregon State has plots of SeaSoar and ADCP observations available on-line at http://damp.coas.oregonstate.edu/globec/nep/.

Gulf [of Alaska] Ecosystem Monitoring Science Program Plan.
The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) Trustees have developed a plan to provide for long-term research and monitoring in the northern Gulf of Alaska. The program is currently undergoing review by an NRC Panel. The plan can be viewed by clicking here. Comments on the draft are encouraged.

GLOBEC NEP Retrospective Survey.
The PI's within the NEP program funded to examine retrospective data sets developed a list of the types of data they will develop including the spatial and temporal coverage of the data. A summary of their survey is here.

Maintained by:
Hal Batchelder
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-5503
phone: 541-737-4500
FAX 541-737-2064
My Web Page

U.S. GLOBEC research activities and the U.S. GLOBEC Northeast Pacific Coordinating Office are jointly supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.