Ocean acidification session at the IAEA Scientific Forum 2013

International Atomic Energy Agency Scientific Forum 2013 “The Blue Planet: Nuclear Applications for a Sustainable Marine Environment”
IAEA Headquarters, Vienna, Austria
Board Room D, C-Building, 4th Floor
17-18 September 2013

SESSION 2 Oceans of Change
Increasing acidification of the oceans as they absorb mounting levels of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is among the negative impact of climate change on global economies and
human communities. Each day 25 per cent of man-made CO2 is taken up by the oceans. Nuclear and isotopic techniques are unique tools that offer the means to identify targeted and cost-effective means of reducing it, as well as adaptation strategies. The IAEA is playing an important role as a coordinator of international research activities to provide a comprehensive
understanding of the global effects of Ocean Acidification. Sustained collaboration is crucial to improved understanding and the preservation of the health of the environment and resilience
for future generations.

Tentative Programme (excerpt)
(as of 3 September 2013)
Moderator: Ms Naga Munchetty

Tuesday, 17 September 2013


14.00-15.00 Film: Tipping Point
15.00-16.15 Technical Session I (part 1): Oceans of Change
This session focuses on the particular challenge of climate change and ocean acidification. The session will provide an opportunity to highlight, inter alia, the Ocean Acidification – International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) established at the IAEA laboratories in Monaco.

Mr Sam DUPONT, Researcher, Coordinator of the Ocean Acidification Infrastructure Facility, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences – Kristineberg, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Mr Bill DEWEY, Public Policy and Communications Director, Taylor Shellfish Company, USA
Mr Rashid SUMAILA, Professor and Director, Fisheries Economics Research Unit at UBC Fisheries Centre, Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory, University of British Columbia, Canada
16.15-16.45 Coffee break
16.45-18.00 Technical Session I (part 2): Oceans of Change
Mr Paul HOLTHUS, President and CEO, World Ocean Council, Hawaii
Mr Raphaël BILLE, Programme Director Biodiversity and Adaptation, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations, France
Mr Carlos ALONSO HERNÁNDEZ, Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente, Laboratorio de Vigilancia Radiológica-Ambiental, Centro de Estudios Ambientales de Cienfuegos, Cienfuegos Laboratory, Cuba
Mr Denis ALLEMAND, Scientific Director, Centre Scientifique de Monaco, Monaco

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