Key NOAA Climate Programs

Fisheries and The Environment 

Fisheries and the Environment (FATE) is a research program that advances the understanding of environmental impacts on living marine resources and utilizes this information to improve stock assessments, to improve ecosystem assessments, and to advance ecosystem-based approaches to fisheries management. Click Here.

Climate Regimes and Ecosystem Productivity

EcoFOCI (Ecosystems & Fisheries-Oceanography Coordinated Investigations) is a joint research program between the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (NOAANational Marine FisheriesAFSC) and the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (NOAA/Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research/PMEL). Acting as an umbrella program, EcoFOCI encompasses the original FOCI (Fisheries-Oceanography Coordinated Investigations) program and the more recent NPCREP (North Pacific Climate Regimes and Ecosystem Productivity) program. Click Here.

Ocean Acidification

The ocean absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere which results in seawater becoming more acidic (lower pH). This increase in ocean acidity makes it difficult for some calcifying organisms (e.g. calcareous plankton, oysters, clams, corals, etc.) to make or maintain their shells or exoskelatons. Other important physiological processes of marine organisms can be disrupted by increased acidity as well. Many of the potentially impacted ocean plants and animals are important in marine food webs or are important commercial species. Click Here

Social Science Research

Social Science Research contains social and economic data on fishing communities; the Agency’s social indicator effort for assessing community resiliency and vulnerability; Voices from the Fishery, an archive of oral histories from  fishery participants; socio-cultural studies; and science and management tools, data and other resources. Click Here