SCC 2016
The SSC Participants during the 2016 SSC in Yokohama, Japan. From left to right: Sei-Ichi Saitoh, Franz Mueter, Ken Drinkwater, Naomi Harada, Kumiko Azetsu-Scott, George Hunt and Alan Haynie.
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Charge: The ESSAS Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) oversees the program and ensures steady progress towards developing the ability to predict the impact of climate change on the productivity and sustainability of Sub-Arctic marine ecosystems. The SSC develops synthesis and long-term goals. It ensures that the program remains focused on achieving these goals, and provides advice and guidance on methods and approaches to achieve them.

It forms expert working groups (WGs) to undertake the research and work of ESSAS. It facilitates cross-disciplinary communication/coordination of national ESSAS programs within and between the working groups. It also facilitates/coordinates interactions with other regional IMBER regional programs (CLIOTOP, ICED, SIBER), and with other relevant programs (ASOF, CLIVAR, etc). It approves research projects seeking ESSAS endorsement. The ESSAS SSC also interacts with the IMBER SSC and its IPO. ESSAS SSC meetings are held annually to assess progress toward the synthesis goals and review reports on progress and plans from the various working groups.


Membership includes scientists from participating countries. Those currently represented include: Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Japan, Korea, Norway, Russia, and the United States. Working Group chairs are included as ex-officio members. Three ESSAS Co-Chairs are elected from the SSC membership — one from Asia, one from North America, and one from Europe.


Olafur Astthorsson  Member since 2005
Marine Research Institute Icelandic Fisheries Laboratories Skulagata 4, P.O. Box 1390 121 Reykjavik, Iceland"
Tel +354 575 20 00 
Fax +354 575 20 01 
Biosketch Olafur Astthorsson

Kumiko Azetsu-Scott Member since 2016
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Bedford Institute of Oceanography
P.O. Box 1006, Dartmouth, N.S. Canada B2Y 4A2
Tel +1 902 426 8572
Biosketch Kumiko Azetsu-Scott

AnnDorte Burmeister Member since 2015
Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GNIR),
Box 570, 3900 Nuuk, Greenland
Tel +299 36 12 00
Email: Biosketch AnnDorte Durmeister
Biosketch AnnDorte Durmeister

Ken Drinkwater (Co-Chair) Member since 2005
Institute of Marine Research, P. O. Box 1870 Nordnes 5817 Bergen, Norway
Tel +47 55 23 69 90
Fax +47 55 23 85 31
Biosketch Ken Drinkwater 

Naomi Harada Member since 2013
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
2-15 Natsushima-cho, Yokosuka, 237-0061 Japan
Tel +81-46-867-9504
Fax +81-46-867-9455
Biosketch Naomi Harada

Professor George L. Hunt  (Ex-officio member as former Co-Chair ) Member since 2005
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Box 355020 University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195
Tel +206 221 6118
Fax +206 685 7471
Biosketch George Hunt


Sen Tok Kim (Member since 2011)
Sakhalin Scientific Research Institute of Fishery and Oceanography (SakhNIRO)
406-196, Komsomolskaya str.,  Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia, 693023
Tel +84242(456783)
Fax +84242(456778)
Biosketch Sen Tok Kim


Franz Mueter. (Co-Chair)  Member since 2011
University of Alaska Southeast  School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
315 Lena Point, 17101 Pt. Lena Loop Rd., Juneau, AK 99801, USA
Tel +907 796-5448
Biosketch Franz Mueter

Sei-Ichi Saitoh (Co-Chair) Member since 2013
Hokkaido University Graduate School of Fisheries Sciences
3-1-1, Minato-cho, Hakodate, Hokkaido 041-8611, Japan
Tel: +81-138-40-5505
Fax; +81-138-40-5048
Biosketch Sei-Ichi Saitoh

Hyoung Chul Shin Member since 2014
Korea Polar Research Institute, 26 Songdomirae-ro,
Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, 21990, Korea
Tel +82 32 770 8430
Biosketch Hyoung Chul Shin




Contact Us

For any questions about ESSAS or further information please contact any of the
ESSAS Co-chairs

Ken Drinkwater
Institute of Marine Research
Bergen, Norway

Franz Mueter
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Alaska, USA

Sei-Ichi Saitoh
Hokkaido University
Hakodate, Japan


ESSAS SSC Membership

Past Members:
Kurt Tande (2005-2007)
Astrid Jarre (2005-2009)
Egil Sakshaug (2005-2008)
Vladimir Radchenko (2006-2010)
Bernard Megrey (2006 – 2010)
Hyung-Cheol Shin( 2007-2011) 
Earl Dawe (2008 - 2012)
James Overland (2005 - 2013)
Kai Wieland (2005-2014)
Sung-Ho Kang (2011-2014)