Impacts of acidification on biological, chemical and physical systems in the Mediterranean and Black Seas

The Workshop took place from 1 to 4 October 2008 at the Hotel Royal Westminster in Menton, within walking distance of the border separating France from Italy. Seventeen researchers from ten countries (see list at the end of this volume) attended this exploratory meeting at the invitation of CIESM. Frédéric Briand, Director General of the Commission, did warmly welcome the participants, reminding them that the workshop had been scheduled deliberately on the eve of the 2nd SCOR International Conference on ‘Ocean in a high CO2World’ – due to open in Monaco on the following week – so as to draw attention to this issue for the Mediterranean Sea, a region where the impact of acidification is still hardly known. A challenge for the participants would be to draw a much needed inventory of major gaps in, and priorities for, acidification research within the specific regional context. Professor Briand then introduced Professor Aysen Yilmaz, Chair of the Committee on Marine Biogeochemistry, who presented an overview of the scientific background and key objectives of the meeting, which would seek to take optimal advantage of the original mix of chemical and biological expertise brought along by the invited participants.



Yilmaz A., De Lange G., Dupont S., Fine M., Fowler S. W., Gattuso J.-P., Gazeau F., Gehlen M., Goyet C., Jeffree R., Montagna P., Rees A. P., Reynaud S., Rodolfo-Metalpa R., Ziveri P. & Briand F., 2008. Executive summary. In: Briand F. (Ed.), Impacts of acidification on biological, chemical and physical systems in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, pp. 5-30. Monaco: CIESM. Article.

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