FUTURE is an integrative Scientific
Program undertaken by the member nations and affiliates of PICES
to understand how marine ecosystems in the North Pacific respond
to climate change and human activities, to forecast ecosystem status
based on a contemporary understanding of how nature functions, and
to communicate new insights to its members, governments, stakeholders
and the public.
FUTURE evolved from research conducted by its predecessor, the
PICES/GLOBEC Climate Change and Carrying Capacity (CCCC)
Program, which had the goal of increasing understanding of climate
influences on marine ecosystems. FUTURE continues a focus on understanding
climate impacts on marine systems and places additional emphasis
on coastal anthropogenic influences, ecosystem forecasting, and
engaging a broad user community with interests in North Pacific
ecological and climate information.
FUTURE will be one of the highest priority activities of the Organization
for the next decade.
Science Plan developed by the Science Plan Writing
Team (SP-WT) under
the Study Group on Future Integrative Scientific Program(s) (SG-FISP)
was approved in principle at the 2007 PICES Annual Meeting (October
2007, Victoria, Canada) and finalized in February 2008.
Implementation Plan developed by the Implementation
Plan Writing Team (IP-WT) under the Study Group on Future Integrative
Scientific Program(s) (SG-FISP)
was approved in principle at the 2009 inter-sessional meeting (April
2009, Qingdao, PR China) and finalized in June 2009.