Oceanography Research in Alaska

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center collects oceanographic data in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and Arctic.


Alaska fisheries Science Center scientists retrieving the CTD on board the R/V Oscar Dyson, Bering Sea. Photo: NOAA Fisheries.

Oceanographic data collections, when combined with fish data, help better understand ecosystem processes and how those processes affect various fisheries. Data collections include the following:


Zooplankton bongo nets retrieved on board the R/V Oscar Dyson in the Bering Sea. Photo: NOAA Fisheries. 

Physical and Chemical Data 

  • Temperature
  • Conductivity
  • Salinity
  • Density
  • Light Transmission
  • Photosynthetically available radiation (PAR)
  • Oxygen
  • Chlorophyll a

Biological Data

  • Phytoplankton 
  • Zooplankton
  • Jellyfish
  • Phytoplankton growth experiments (Primary Production) 

Oceanography Data can be found on the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) Bering Arctic Subarctic Integrated Survey (BASIS) data collection.


Lisa Eisner
Jeanette Gann

Recent Research Publications

Lomas, Michael W., Eisner, Lisa B., Gann, Jeanette., Baer, Steven E., Mordy, Calvin W., Stabeno, Phyllis J.
2020. Time-series of direct primary production and phytoplankton biomass in the southeastern Bering Sea: responses to cold and warm stanzas. Mar Ecol Prog Ser, Vol 642: 39-54. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13317

S. L. Danielson, O. Ahkinga, C. Ashjian, E. Basyuk, L. W. Cooper, L. Eisner, E. Farley, K. B. Iken, J. M. Grebmeier, L. Juranek, G. Khen, S. R. Jayne, T. Kikuchi, C. Ladd, K. Lu, R. M. McCabe, G. W. K. Moore, S. Nishino…, T. J. Weingartner
2020. Manifestation and consequences of warming and altered heat fluxes over the Bering and Chukchi Sea continental shelves. Deep-Sea Res. II, in press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2020.104781

James T Thorson, Charles F Adams, Elizabeth N Brooks, Lisa B Eisner, David G Kimmel, Christopher M Legault, Lauren A Rogers, Ellen M Yasumiishi
Seasonal and interannual variation in spatio-temporal models for index standardization and phenology studies, ICES Journal of Marine Science, , fsaa074, https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsaa074

Hunt, G., Renner, M., Kuletz, K., Salo, S., Eisner, L., Ressler, P., Ladd, C., Santora, J.
2018. Timing of sea-ice retreat affects the distribution of seabirds and their prey in the southeastern Bering Sea Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12383

Hertz E, Trudel M, Carrasquilla-Henao M, Eisner L and others
2018. Oceanography and community structure drive zooplankton carbon and nitrogen dynamics in the eastern Bering Sea. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 601:97-108. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12647

Ladd, C., Eisner, L. B., Salo, S. A., Mordy, C. W., & Iglesias‐Rodriguez, M. D.
2018. Spatial and temporal variability of coccolithophore blooms in the eastern Bering Sea. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123, 9119–9136. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JC014302

Santora, J., Eisner, L., Kuletz, K., Ladd, C., Renner, M., Hunt, G.
2018. Biogeography of seabird assemblages in the eastern Bering Sea: regional structuring in relation to environmental determinants along latitudinal gradients. J. Marine Syst. 178: 38-51. (oceanographic, zooplankton and age-0 pollock data)


A Chrysaora melanaster jellyfish is about to be measured after a surface net tow. Photo: NOAA Fisheries