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Proceedings 2011/036

Zonal Science Advisory Process on the 13th Annual meeting of the Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program (AZMP); March 22-24, 2011

Chairperson: Jacques A. Gagné


The Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program (AZMP) was implemented in 1998 with the aim of collecting and analyzing the biological, chemical, and physical field data that are necessary to (1) characterize and understand the causes of oceanic variability at the seasonal, interannual, and decadal scales, (2) provide multidisciplinary data sets that can be used to establish relationships among the biological, chemical, and physical variables, and (3) provide adequate data to support the sound development of ocean activities. AZMP scientists meet annually to review the activities of the Program and assess business, operational and logistic issues that need regional/zonal intervention, or that must be brought to the attention of the DFO Atlantic Science Directors Committee. 2009 marked the 10th anniversary of ocean observation by AZMP. In March 2010 AZMP scientists initiated an effort to synthesize and integrate the oceanographic conditions observed in the Atlantic Zone since 2000, identify trends or changes, and provide a critical assessment of the information available. In 2011, they reconvened in Montreal from March 22 to 24 to discuss logistic and operational issues, review recent oceanographic conditions within the zone, update the plans for the integration and synthesis exercise, and finalize the workplan for the current year.

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