Pacific Arctic Group (PAG) Secretariat Office 2013-2014

Jacqueline M. Grebmeier, UMCES

Abstract

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

having a Pacific perspective on Arctic science. Originally organized under the International

Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the now independent PAG 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

supporting efforts to maintain the PAG Secretariat Office at the Chesapeake Biological

Laboratory/UMCES and PI Grebmeier was elected Chair of the PAG in fall 2012 for a 2-year

term. The PAG Secretariat maintains a PAG list server of participants, organizes biannual PAG

international meetings, and updates and maintains a PAG website (http://pag.arcticportal.org).

The PAG activities are centered around networking oceanographic field activities in the Pacific

Arctic region, coordinating the Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO) as an international

time-series array of latitudinal transects in the region, and undertaking various synthesis

activities to better understand and track ecosystem status and trends in the Pacific Arctic marine

region.