Ocean acidification – the state of the Baltic Sea and the Kattegat-Skagerrak

One day symposium in Gothenburg, 30 November 2012

Venue: Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM), Gullbergs Strandgata 15, Gothenburg.

Ocean acidification is caused by the burning of fossil fuels and subsequent dissolution of atmospheric CO2 in the seas. Ocean pH has already been lowered by approximately 0.1 units and is projected to decrease another 0.2-0.3 units by 2100. Similar changes have been observed – and projections show ocean acidification will increase – in Swedish coastal waters. This will have substantial effects on marine ecosystems, ecosystem services, and organisms, particularly those with calcium carbonate skeletons or shells. The aim of the symposium is to shed light on the problem and to report results from a Swedish three year research project on this topic. Changes in marine monitoring programmes will be proposed and discussed.

The one day symposium is a joint event organised by SMHI, the University of Gothenburg and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management. The research project is funded by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. Results from related projects funded by other sources will also be presented.

Registration

Register no later than 16 November by sending an e-mail to kerstin.cote@smhi.se. You will receive a confirmation e-mail. Don’t wait with registering since participants will be selected on a first come basis.

More information on ocean acidification

In Swedish
http://www.smhi.se/havetsforsurning

In English
http://www.ocean-acidification.net/
http://www.epoca-project.eu/index.php/what-is-ocean-acidification.html
http://www.loven.gu.se/faciliteter/lab_havsforsurning/

Agenda for symposium on Friday 30 November 2012

Ocean acidification – the state of the Baltic Sea and the Skagerrak-Kattegat

Location
Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM), Gullbergs Strandgata 15, Gothenburg

09:00 Coffee, tea and sandwiches
09:30 Welcome and overview of the project Ocean acidification – the state of the Baltic Sea and the Kattegat-Skagerrak.
Bengt Karlson, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute.
09:50 Overview of the global ocean acidification problem
Sam Dupont, University of Gothenburg
10:20 Socioeconomic effects of ocean acidification
Claire Armstrong, University of Tromsø, Norwegian College of Fishery Science, Norway
10:50 Health break
11:00 Effects of OA on the ecosystem in Swedish waters
Jon Havenhand, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
11:30 Variability of pH, pCO2 and total alkalinity in the Baltic Sea area
Agneta Fransson, Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø, Norway
12:00 Baltic microbial communities and ocean acidification
Angela Wulff, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
12:30 Break for lunch downstairs in the same building at restaurant Pagoden kooperativet sponsored by the project and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM)
13:30 OA impacts on pelagic ecosystems and biogeochemistry: a Swedish-German collaboration
Ulf Riebesell, GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
14:00 Improved monitoring of OA in Swedish waters – needs and challenges – the chemical perspective
Leif Anderson, University of Gothenburg
14:30 Improved monitoring of OA in Swedish waters – needs and challenges – the biological perspective
Jon Havenhand, University of Gothenburg
15:00 Coffee, tea and cake
15:20 Questions and answers about ocean acidification. Journalists and others are welcome to ask questions about OA. The speakers will answer and the audience is welcome to join the discussion.
16:00 End of seminar


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