Monitoring the Arctic Ocean north of the Pacific Ocean



As global temperatures rise, the Arctic will undergo significant environmental changes. Though the Atlantic side of the Arctic is heavily studied, regions north of the Pacific Ocean remain poorly studied by comparison. To overcome this, in 2001 the International Arctic Science Committee established the Pacific Arctic Group (PAG), a program that fosters collaborative study of the area extending from the Bering Sea northward into the Arctic Ocean, including the Chukchi and Beaufort seas and the Makharov and Canada basins. A group of six core nations including China, South Korea, Japan, the Russian Federation, Canada, and the United States make up the coordinating body of the PAG.