Bering Science report released

The Bering Sea is experiencing many changes. Loss of sea ice and record high ocean and air temperatures continue to impact wildlife and all aspects of life for coastal communities. The International Arctic Research Center is happy to partner on an outreach report that explores these changes by sharing recent research and monitoring efforts from the region.

Bering Science is an easy to digest, visual report that shares a wide range of information from climate trends, to fish, marine mammal and seabird data. The information in the report was complied by the Alaska Ocean Observing System and IARC with collaboration from the NOAA and our community advisory board. We received data submissions from community members and scientists, and relied heavily on other technical reports and publications like the NOAA Ecosystem Status Report.

Read the report to learn about the fantastic work of the local Island Sentinels of Saint Paul Island, or explore how regional processes impact how communities experience flooding and erosion. We also share new findings that could provide insight into the ongoing gray whale unusual mortality event.

This is the third report in the Bering Science series. It is part of the Bering Region Ocean Update project, which began in spring 2020, in part, to increase regional data sharing among federal, state, community and private sector partners. Read previous updates and learn more on the project webpage.

Moving forward, we continue to provide a resource to state, federal, community and university partners to share recent observations from in and around the Bering Sea with community members and other scientists and management agencies.