There have been a number of changes in the composition of the ABSI LCC Steering Committee over the past several months. In March 2014, Karen Pletnikoff of the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) became Chair of our Steering Committee. And in April, Carol Fairfield of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Managment (BOEM) was elected to the position of Vice Chair.
There are also some new faces on the Committee. In April, our previous Chair Joel Garlich-Miller stepped down from the Committee. Robb Kaler of the Migratory Bird Management Office is replacing Joel as a representative of USFWS. Doanh Thi Tran, Environmental Coordinator for the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska, has been appointed as the Steering Committee representative for the Tribe. Karen Oakley, Office Chief, Marine & Freshwater Ecology with the USGS Alaska Science Center, has replaced Tony DeGange who retired from Federal Service in May 2014. Lastly, Lynn Fuller of the Pacific Coast Joint Venture has moved into a new position, and we welcome Alaska State Coordinator Tom Rothe to the Steering Committee.
One of our FY2013 projects is looking at the use of downscaled climate models for the Aleutian and Bering Sea region for use in vulnerability assessments. The project is a collaboration with the USGS Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC) and Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS).
Find out more about the project HERE.
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