Process Studies

The sites of process-oriented field research in U.S. GLOBEC investigations in the Northeast Pacific will be closely linked to the transect locations where long-term, frequent monitoring of the atmospheric forcing, physical structure and circulation, and biological observations will be done. Likely sites were described in the monitoring section. The overarching questions for the process-oriented investigations in the Northeast Pacific are:

  1. How are biological processes and the characteristics of planktonic populations affected by mesoscale features and dynamics in the Northeast Pacific?

  2. What are the biological and physical processes that determine growth and survival of juvenile salmon in the coastal zone?
Related to these questions are a number of sub-questions specific to either the CCS and CGOA. These primary questions and the sub-questions specific to the two regions are discussed in the sections below.

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