Symposium: Ocean acidification and implications for living marine resources in the Southern Hemisphere

CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship, together with the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, are proud to announce this symposium will be held in Canberra, Australia, from 15 to 17 June 2011.

Start: 15 June 2011
End: 17 June 2011
The Shine Dome, Canberra
Gordon Street
Canberra ACT 2601

The uptake and storage of carbon dioxide by the ocean is increasing seawater acidity levels and changing the carbonate chemistry of sea water. These changes have the potential to alter the biodiversity and disrupt the sustainable use of marine ecosystems. Predicted impacts range from a decline in the calcification of important species (e.g. corals, plankton, shellfish), to shifts in the structure and dynamics of ecosystems. Southern Hemisphere ecosystems may be particularly vulnerable to acidification.

This region contains some of the world’s most extensive carbonate-based ecosystems, ranging from the coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef and Indo-Pacific, to the earth’s largest cool-water carbonate platform along the southern Australian shelf. The surface waters of the Southern Ocean are where some of the most profound shifts in carbonate chemistry will occur by mid-century, potentially influencing the survival of deep-sea coral communities and calcifying pelagic species.

The potential for impacts from the tropics to the polar oceans is large, and the resilience of ecosystems to these changes is poorly known.

The symposium aims to:

enhance the understanding of key challenges and developments in acidification research
facilitate national and international collaboration and networks
share perspectives of national and international leaders in the field
develop interactions with government agencies charged with addressing the issue.

The three-day program will include presentations, posters and discussions. Early-career researchers and students are encouraged to attend.

The symposium will be structured around four general themes:

ocean acidification observations and modelling
ecological responses to acidification
implications for Australian and regional marine ecosystems, policy and management
towards a national integrated science plan.

Guest speakers

Dr Richard Feely, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States of America (USA)
Dr Catriona Hurd, University of Otago, New Zealand
Dr Chris Langdon, University of Miami, USA
Dr Phil Munday, James Cook University, Australia
Dr Yukihiro Nojiri, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan.

Abstract submission

Abstracts are due by Friday 29 April 2011. Talk or poster abstracts of 200 words (maximum) should be submitted via email to Ms Kate Berry –

Important dates

29 April 2011 – abstract submission deadline
6 May 2011 – speakers notified
20 May 2011 – registration closes.


CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans Flagship in collaboration with Marine and Atmospheric Research and the Climate Adaptation Flagship
Australian Institute of Marine Science
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

Organising committee

Dr Bronte Tilbrook, CSIRO and Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Hobart
Dr Katharina Fabricius, Australian Institute of Marine Sciences, Townsville
Dr Beth Fulton, CSIRO, Hobart
Dr Will Howard, Office of the Chief Scientist for Australia, Canberra
Dr Ron Thresher, CSIRO, Hobart.

CSIRO, 1 April 2011. More information.

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