Five teams work in concert to provide integrated program oversight and coordination, outreach, data management, science synthesis, and conceptual modeling for the Gulf Watch Alaska projects.
The program management and administration team guides the Gulf Watch Alaska program and consists of a program lead, a science lead, a science coordinator, and an administrative lead. Coordination ensures that Gulf Watch Alaska achieves its goals and objectives, meets all milestones, deliverables and reporting requirements, and achieves a high level of benefit and transparency.
The outreach and community involvement steering committee, coordinated by the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS), sets priorities for outreach and communication activities for Gulf Watch Alaska. Activities include a website, science lectures, radio programs, videos, publications and educational programs.
The data management team provides services to ensure that data from the Gulf Watch Alaska projects are organized, documented and available for use by the broader scientific community and the public. Historical data and data from relevant outside efforts are also housed and made available for public access through the Gulf Watch Alaska program.
The science synthesis team works to develop integrated data products across the program that inform modeling and contribute to a broad understanding of environmental conditions that drive ecological functions. Science synthesis efforts seek to combine historic information with current theory and empirical data to provide a more comprehensive understanding of ecological processes in the Gulf of Alaska.
The conceptual modeling team works to develop and refine conceptual ecological models and summarize ecosystem components, processes, and influences in the Gulf of Alaska. Data products and models facilitate communication, provide a basis for hypothesis testing, and provide a framework for science coordination and syntheses of data from long-term monitoring activities.