Pacific Arctic Group (PAG) US Secretariat Office 2015-16

Jacqueline M. Grebmeier, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Solomons, Maryland.



The Pacific Arctic Group (PAG) is a networked group of international institutes and individuals

that has as its mission to serve as a Pacific Arctic regional partnership to plan, coordinate, and

collaborate on science activities of mutual interest. The current PAG science themes are focused

on the structure and function of Arctic ecosystems, including atmosphere, sea ice, oceanography,

and modeling. NOAA is continuing its efforts to maintain the US PAG Secretariat Office at the

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory/UMCES and PI Grebmeier who is a member of the PAG

Executive Committee. The US PAG Secretariat facilitates the PAG effort by assisting the

international PAG Secretariat office in South Korea with science planning, maintaining the PAG

listserver of participants, assists with updates of the international PAG website

( and supports PI Grebmeier to plan and prepare updates on ongoing

activities pertinent to US science efforts in the Pacific Arctic. The PAG activities are centered

around networking oceanographic field activities in the Pacific Arctic region, with the US PAG

Secretariat helping with the development of the new Pacific Arctic Climate Ecosystem

Observatory (PACEO), ongoing activities of the Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO) and

the RUSALCA (Russian-American Long-Term Census of the Arctic) projects, and supports

various synthesis activities by co-editing special projects in order to better understand and track

ecosystem status and trends in the Pacific Arctic marine region.