Session “Climate change and ocean acidification”, 11th Pacific Science Inter-Congress

Julie Cole and Jean-Pierre Gattuso will co-chair session 2 on “Climate change and ocean acidification” at the 11th Pacific Science Inter-Congress, Tahiti, 2-6 March 2009.

Goals of the session:

The Pacific Region is a critical one from the standpoint of climate change and variability, and stands to face some of the most severe impacts of anthropogenic climate change as atmospheric CO2 increases, sea level rises, ocean acidification intensifies, and climate warms.

Climate modelling and paleoclimate reconstruction offer important and complementary tools for understanding past and future changes. Ecosystems face unprecedented challenges as the oceans become more acidic, human land-use intensifies, and extreme temperature and rainfall events become more frequent.

The aim of this session will be twofold:

1- Describe and assess the variability of climate, past and future, in the context of the present greenhouse effect. We encourage both global and Pacific-based studies. Presentations dealing with the interaction between natural and human activities, and models of global warming and its impacts over the next century, are particularly welcome;

2- Document the extent, magnitude and future trajectory of ocean acidification in the Pacific region, its impact on marine organisms and ecosystems, and its potential socio-economic implications. Studies dealing with monitoring, experimental perturbations and modelling are particularly welcome.

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