Atmospheric scientists, oceanographers and ecologists gathered in Seattle on the University of Washington Campus January 20-21, 2016, to discuss the unusual ocean, weather and climate patterns across the North Pacific basin and the underlying mechanisms driving those patterns.
Some extreme conditions in physical and biogeochemical parameters are occurring in many locations with some linkages to the warmer-than-normal water conditions in the the Pacific Ocean, referred to as the sea surface temperature (SST) Anomalies. These conditions appear to be seriously impacting pelagic ecosystems, including fisheries, marine mammals and birds.
5 summary presentations kicked off the workshop to provide an overview of what is known by region along the West Coast, with Russ Hopcroft from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks providing the first review.
- Russell Hopcroft, Alaska
- Richard Dewey, Canada
- Julie Keister, Pacific Northwest
- Eric Bjorkstedt, North-Central California
- Mark Ohman, South-Baja California
You can watch the workshop presentations here, and quickly come up to speed on the conditions and ecosystem impacts that are hypothesized to be linked to the persistent warm conditions being experienced all along the west coast of North America.