Session on ocean acidification at the IMBER Open Science Conference 2014

Regional responses to climatic and non-climatic drivers in a high-CO2 ocean

The oceans provide fundamental marine ecosystem goods and services to humans’ well-being by offering food, livelihoods and recreational opportunities, and by regulating the global climate. This session will cover ongoing and planned initiatives investigating the regional and basin scale impacts of climatic and non-climatic drivers on marine ecosystems. The session will focus on the accumulation of the anthropogenic greenhouse gas CO2 in the atmosphere, which has significantly risen since the inception of the Industrial Revolution and increased radiative forcing and warming. The increased concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is also increasing dissolved CO2 in the surface ocean and causing rapid changes in seawater carbonate chemistry and oxygen concentration (ocean acidification and deoxygenation). We welcome contributions addressing the biological, ecological and biogeochemical impacts of multiple climatic and non-climatic drivers. A special focus will be the regional vulnerabilities of the human-environment system to the combined effect of resulting physical and biological changes that disturb the capacity of coastal and marine systems to provide ecosystem services, and which consequently affect economic activities and human welfare.

The session format will include oral and poster presentations as well as a discussion slot focusing on the intercomparison of regional studies and programmes.


  • Patrizia Ziveri
    Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Sarah Cooley
    Dept. Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    Woods Hole, USA
  • Minhan Dai
    State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Xiamen University
    Xiamen, China
  • Jean-Pierre Gattuso
    Laboratoire d’Océanographie, Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche
    Villefranche-sur-mer, France

The IMBER Open Science Conference will take place in Bergen, Norway, 23-27 June 2014.

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