CINAR's Research Themes
CINAR activities will be pursued under five research themes and an education and outreach program - the latter to provide career training to the next generation of NOAA researchers and staff and to connect with diverse stakeholders.
Theme I (Sustained Ocean Observations and Climate Research)
will focus on the development and improvement of data sets quantifying Atlantic basin climate forcing, and use of these data sets to examine the projection of climate modes (such as the North Atlantic Oscillation) onto the NES LME.
Theme II (Ecosystem Research, Observation, and Modeling)
will use data collected by CINAR’s ocean observing assets and programs to understand and describe ecological and environmental parameters and processes in the NES LME, and will develop tools and techniques to improve regional ecosystem forecasting, ecosystem management, and ecosystem policy decisions.
Theme III (Stock Assessment Research)
will focus on improving stock assessments of species found in the NES LME, including development and refinement of technologies and techniques for data collection, and the development of new modeling and forecasting approaches. These activities will support better management of fisheries and decision making in the region.
Theme IV (Protected Species Research and Recovery)
will focus on developing new technologies, research tools, and approaches for the assessment and recovery of protected species in the NES LME, including the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, Atlantic salmon, and other species. These efforts will also lead to improvements in defining, protecting, and restoring essential habitat for these species.
Theme V (Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management)
will support NOAA’s goals in promoting and establishing effective ecosystem-based approaches to management of fisheries in the NES LME and across the North Atlantic.