Welcome to the Bering Sea Project Data Archive. This archive will facilitate the commitment of Bering Sea Project participants to long-term data storage, data sharing within the project, and eventual public data accessibility. Read more about the project data policy here.
The Bering Sea Project arose as two programs — the NSF-funded BEST program and the NPRB-funded BSIERP program. This heritage is reflected in the data archives that you can access using the links below.
The Bering Sea Project is a partnership between the North Pacific Research Board and the National Science Foundation that seeks to understand the impacts of climate change and dynamic sea ice cover on the eastern Bering Sea ecosystem.
More than one hundred scientists are engaged in field research and ecosystem modeling to link climate, physical oceanography, plankton, fishes, seabirds, marine mammals, humans, traditional knowledge and economic outcomes to better understand the mechanisms that sustain this highly productive region. We invite you to explore the program website to learn more about the Bering Sea Project's hypotheses, focal areas of study, integrated goals, participants, and ecological and social context.
Bering Sea Project Data Management Evolution
The BEST data archive has been maintained since the origin of the project by the NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL). The BSIERP data archive was initially set up, developed, and maintained (2007-2010) by a University of Alaska-Fairbanks (UAF) team led by Ken Coyle (team members included Steve Sweet, Rob Cermak, Janene McMahan, Mark Johnson, and others). In 2010-2011, the BSIERP data archive was in transition phase and was maintained by the team at Axiom Consulting and Design in Anchorage, AK.
Given that the Bering Sea Project is intended to bring BEST and BSIERP program scientists together in pursuit of combined synthesis goals, project managers and the Science Advisory Board decided that a centralized data archive would benefit the Bering Sea Project.
Therefore in May 2011 a new agreement to manage the BSIERP data archive was finalized with the same group that maintains BEST program data-- the team at NCAR EOL (Don Stott, Steve Williams, Jim Moore, Amanada Orin, and others). And in October 2011, a unified BEST and BSIERP "Bering Sea Project Data Archive" was rolled out, providing one-stop access to all Bering Sea Project data.
Bering Sea Project Archive Description
Data and metadata in the combined database can now be accessed through a single search tool and listed in tables by cruise or subject category, as well as by either BEST or BSIERP project affiliation, or both. Choosing BEST and BSIERP, but not limiting selection by either cruise or subject, will list all data sets in the Bering Sea Project Data Archive. The data tables have been organized alphabetically by lead PI's last name. The project, date of creation or last update, and a link to the dataset documentation are included in the table. You can click the data set titles to view a description of the data set description and order the data.
Contact the data manager, Don Stott at NCAR/EOL [stott (at) ucar (dot) edu], with questions or for more information.
The Bering Sea Ecosystem Study (BEST) project is a multi-year, interdisciplinary program to develop an end-to-end mechanistic understanding of how climate change will affect the marine ecosystems of the eastern Bering Sea, the continued use of their resources, and the social, economic and cultural sustainability of the people who depend on them.
BEST is motivated by the realization that the Bering Sea is in the midst of significant, interrelated physical and biological change that may impact the region's carrying capacity and productivity, the sustainability of fish and shellfish stocks of great economic value for the nation, and the livelihoods of Native communities and fishers. These changes involve climate forcing, physical properties and processes in the ocean, and biological responses from the level of the physiology of individual organisms to the structure and function of entire ecosystems.
BEST is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Polar Programs (OPP).
The Bering Sea Integrated Ecosystem Research Program (BSIERP) focuses on understanding trophic interactions among: colony-based foragers, hot spot foragers, pelagic forage species, pelagic predators and benthic predators.
Hypotheses are tested in a linked set of spatially explicit, competing models that connect climate scenarios, physical and biological oceanographic models, a lower and upper trophic level ecosystem model and economic and management models. Models forecast changes in abundance of pelagic piscivores in response to changes in predators and prey and attendant economic and management consequences. Two-way connections between the program and communities, stakeholders and the region's body of local and traditional knowledge are enabled by outreach, education and community involvement projects. Products of the project enable testing and improved understanding of effects of climate change and management actions on the Bering Sea ecosystem.
BSIERP is administered by the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB), Anchorage, Alaska.
Program Manager: Tom Van Pelt