One of the pressing needs for evaluating climate change impacts on biological systems in the Arctic (and globally) is the need for sustained observations of changes in biological systems. Biological observations cannot be automated to the same extent as many physical measurements can (e.g. salinity on moorings, etc.). As a result, there is much less scientific documentation of how biological systems are changing and/or adapting as a result of environmental change. Through science planning process supported by multiple US agencies (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation), the international Pacific Arctic Group, and the International Arctic Science Committee, to initiate more systematic biological observations in the Pacific Arctic sector as part of a Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO) taking advantage of increased multi-national interest in the larger Bering Strait region. The DBO is an international effort spanning six countries, including Canada, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia, the United States, and many agencies within those countries. Sampling for the DBO is focused on transects centered on locations of high productivity, biodiversity and rates of biological change. The DBO is now focused on bringing together data from 2010-2019, as well as future, sampling efforts.
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