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Climate change meets ocean life in new northeast research institute
Date:9/29/2009

cience Center. Her staff will be among the scientists who are actively involved in institute projects. "Much of what we do is related to managing fisheries, recovering species, and protecting habitats from harm and overuse," she said. "We're reforming our own scientific focus along ecosystem lines and welcome the additional capability the institute can provide."

For example, fishery scientists everywhere recognize that resources managers need a full picture of the processes influencing marine life if they are to reduce risks and uncertainties about fish stock condition that can cost time and money for fishing businesses. "That means not only understanding an individual species but also its competitors, all the things it eats, the physical, nutritional and climactic factors that affect the world in which it lives," said Thompson. "That's the future of fisheries management. Compared with many other places in the world, we in the Northeast are well-positioned to actually do it," she said.

Anderson agrees, and said that climate, in particular is something that while critical, is just now being understood in a way that can be applied to resource management issues.

"Climate permeates all the other topics," he said. "You can't manage these fisheries, or study them without a deep understanding of climate - both regional and global - and the changes that are coming. The institute partners can monitor climate-related parameters in all the world's oceans, plus we have extensive data collections, the instruments and infrastructure to collect more, and the numerical modeling capabilities that encompass weather, climate, hydrography and ecosystems."

The first projects undertaken arise from those in which NOAA and institute investigators have ongoing interactions and collaborations. As the institute moves forward, the goal is for the CINAR scientists to work closely with NOAA investigators to plan future projects and programs, and to wor
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