Bering Sea Sub-Network (BSSN)

International Community-based Observation Alliance for Arctic Observing Network

BSSN creates an infrastructure for Indigenous and other Arctic residents' organizations based in the coastal communities of the Bering Sea region (BSR) to monitor and observe their environment. It increases capacity and effectiveness of circum-Arctic monitoring through responding to the need of the long-term data collection in remote Arctic locations. In particular, the BSR was identified as a priority monitoring area by many scientific groups, such as the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme of the Arctic Council. BSSN works specifically with community-based or place-based research and will attempt to integrate these efforts with broader scientific activities both in the region and globally. ELOKA and BSSN are collaborating on the preservation, management, and distribution of data collected from six northern Indigenous communities in Alaska, the United States, and Russia during the pilot phase of the study.

Lead Victoria Gofman

Organization Aleut International Association (AIA)

Country United States

Geographic Coverage Bering Sea and Bering Strait


  • Alaska: Gambell, Togiak, and Sand Point
  • Russia: Kanchalan, Tymlat, and Nikolskoye

Related Organizations

  • Aleut International Association (AIA, United States/Russia)
  • Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna working group of the Arctic Council (CAFF)
  • Alaska Native Science Commission
  • United Nations Environment Programme - Global Resource Information Database (UNEP-GRID: Arendal)
  • University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • Westat, Inc.

Web site Bering Sea Sub-Network (BSSN)