More Science Needed to Protect U.S. Arctic Ocean

Sep 26, 2011

Further research is needed to guide conservation and development decisions in America’s Arctic Ocean, according to a new white paper  (PDF) commissioned by the Pew Environment Group and the Ocean Conservancy.

The paper, authored by 14 experts in Arctic marine ecosystems, evaluates a recent report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) summarizing gaps in Arctic Ocean research.

The scientists commend the USGS for identifying major science needs and call for setting priorities to address information still missing. They also emphasize the need to connect the research that has already been completed in various disciplines to provide a better understanding of the ecosystem as a whole.

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