Climate Science Strategy Regional Action Plans

We released five regional action plans to guide implementation of our climate science strategy in the Northeast, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific Islands, West Coast, and Alaska regions. Developed by our science centers and regional offices, the plans respond to the growing demands for information on what’s changing, what’s at risk, and how to respond to climate-related changes in marine and coastal ecosystems. The plans are designed to increase the production, delivery, and use of scientific information needed to fulfill our mandates in a changing world.

Specifically, the plans identify actions to address information needs we determined as top priorities with Fishery Management Councils and many other partners and stakeholders. These actions will help track changes, assess risks, provide early warnings and forecasts, and evaluate the best management strategies under changing conditions in each region to increase the resilience of the nation’s valuable marine resources and the many people, businesses, and communities that depend on them.

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Alaska

Climate-related changes include loss of sea ice, changing ocean temperatures, changing ocean chemistry and related changes in ocean productivity and diversity. The Alaska Fisheries Science Center is leading the way in cutting-edge research and monitoring to track and project the impacts of changing sea ice and other climate impacts on marine resources and resource-dependent communities in the region.

Learn more about Alaska's regional climate action plan >

 

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Northwest

Climate-related changes include changes in precipitation patterns, stream flow, temperatures, sea level, and water chemistry. The Northwest Fisheries Science Center focuses on research to improve understanding of risks to marine ecosystems, species, and communities; how to forecast them; and identify ways to mitigate their impacts.

Learn more about the West Coast regional climate action plan >

 

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Southwest

Climate-related changes include increasing sea surface temperatures, rising sea levels, and changes in precipitation patterns. The Southwest Fisheries Science Center conducts a variety of climate-related science activities including research on the impacts of environmental variability and climate change on marine ecosystems, fish stocks, and fisheries.

Learn more about the West Coast regional climate action plan >

 

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Pacific Islands

Climate-related changes include rising sea levels, changing ocean temperatures, changing ocean chemistry, and related changes in ocean productivity and diversity. The Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center is at the forefront of monitoring coral reef ecosystem health to mitigate the effects of new threats.

Learn more about the Pacific Islands regional climate action plan >
 
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Northeast

Climate-related changes include increasing ocean temperatures, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, changes in precipitation, ocean currents, ocean productivity and diversity. The Northeast Fisheries Science Center has a variety of research and monitoring efforts that help track, understand and forecast climate-related impacts on resources and resource-dependent communities.

Learn more about the Northeast regional climate action plan >

 

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Southeast

Climate-related changes include rising sea levels, increasing sea surface temperatures, and changes in precipitation patterns that can affect the productivity and diversity of the region’s marine and coastal resources. The Southeast Fisheries Science Center conducts a variety of research and monitoring efforts to help sustain and restore populations, protect and restore habitats in healthy ecosystems, and understand climate-related changes.

Learn more about the Southeast regional climate action plan >
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