Science Themes and Responsibilities of the Project
Office and Secretariat
- Human Dimensions
- Structure and function of Arctic Ecosystems
Responsibilities of the PAG Project Office and Secretariat
The PAG has identified GOALS and THEMES. The director of the Project
Office will assist in the achievement of PAG goals:
Responsibilities of the Secretariat
to identify gaps in knowledge and priority research needs
and seek means to address them- The PAG expects to initiate
projects related to process studies, regional surveys, and climate
monitoring. A consensus regarding the leading scientific questions,
natural geographical constraints, and appropriate suites of state
variables will serve to identify areas of mutual interest. Once
defined, scientific objectives of the PAG can be articulated and
promoted as an integral part of national and international programs.
The Project Office will serve as a resource to provide scientific
support for consensus and assist in promoting approved projects.
to facilitate and coordinate science operations among PAG
member states - Many institutes and individuals (acting
as Principal Investigators) have direct access to capital assets.
Ships, ice stations, aircraft, high-latitude research stations,
operational forecasting support, and specialized research laboratories
are all necessary to scientific research in the Arctic. Scientific
expertise is also essential to field work in the Arctic. The PAG
recognizes the enormous cost savings possible in an environment
of shared research objectives, open facilities, and easy access
to expertise. The Project Office will act as a broker to establish
partnerships that assure high productivity of field programs,
with benefits to the members of specific field programs and to
the larger research community.
to promote and facilitate data accessibility and integrated
databases - The scientific endeavor builds upon prior
work and observations. These data and analyses provide the baseline
climate and are essential for the design of modern field programs.
The Project Office will be pro-active in identifying important
data and promoting their accessibility.
to serve as a forum for information exchange- Good
communication is the key to any healthy partnership. The Project
Office and Secretariat will provide the basic infrastructure and
knowledge base for receiving and disseminating both general scientific
information and specific information requests. From time-to-time
the PAG may wish to organize symposia and/or prepare white papers;
the Project Office will respond at the direction of the PAG Executive
to establish and maintain communication with other relevant
science organizations- The PAG is part of the broad international
community of arctic research. The Project Office and Secretariat
will provide the principle interface between PAG and institutes,
individuals, and international programs of the international community.
As appropriate and directed, the Project Office will represent
the PAG goals and objectives.
Administrative responsibilities of the Secretariat Office includes
organizing and recording of the PAG business meetings, administrative
correspondence, support of the PAG Executive Committee, and support
of the Project Office. The PAG web site will also be maintained
at the Secretariat Office. The contents of the web site will be
the responsibility of the PAG members, the PAG Executive Committee,
and the Project Office.
The Secretariat will be supervised by the Director of the Project
Office and the Director of the Shannon Point Marine Center.
The Project Office and Secretariat will be hosted by the Shannon
Point Marine Center (SPMC), a part of Western Washington University.
The director of the Project Office will be an employee of the University
and subject to all normal rules, regulations, and procedures. The
director of the Project Office will report to the PAG Executive
Committee and Director of SPMC.