Fisheries Climatology: CEOS Program
A major activity of the Fisheries Climatology Task during the last
several years has been the
Climate and Eastern Ocean Systems (CEOS)
Program, a multi-disciplinary, multi-national research
program examining the effect of global climate change on the major
eastern ocean upwelling regions, the resources in these regions,
and on the societies that utilize these resources.
The CEOS Program was initially started in cooperation with the TOA
Department of the French research agency ORSTOM, and with ICLARM.
Since its inception, CEOS has grown into a cooperative program
involving over 40 scientists from more than 15 countries, and has
been responsible for a large number of foreign scientists coming to
PFEG for cooperative research.|
The major objectives of the CEOS Program are to
summarize, and analyze the long-term data record regarding the four
major eastern ocean boundary upwelling ecosystems along with data
from other relevant upwelling regions;
- apply the comparative method
to identify key physical processes and ecosystem responses;
underlying global-scale trends in each individual ecosystem that may
be obscured by local interyear and interdecadal variability;
- investigate the relationship of these global trends to accumulating
greenhouse effects and other possible causes of climate change;
- construct scenarios for future consequences of global climate
change on upwelling resources; and
- analyze and project ecological,
economic and social impacts on associated human activities and values.
Research progress in the CEOS program was described and evaluated in an
international meeting held in Monterey in September, 1994; a book
documenting the proceedings is in preparation.