Session on ocean acidification at the ICES Annual Science Conference, 21-25 September 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark

Ocean acidification: Understanding chemical, biological and biochemical responses in marine ecosystems (Co-sponsored by PICES)

Abstract submission deadline: 30 April 2015!

Conveners: Silvana Birchenough (UK), Pamela Walsham (UK), Klaas Kaag (the Netherlands), Tsuneo Ono (PICES)

​ ​​The ocean is the largest natural reservoir of dissolved carbon and holds an immense buffering capacity for changes in atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Due to the rapid increase of atmospheric CO2 since the industrial revolution, oceans and seas are absorbing increasingly greater amounts of CO2. This process disturbs the chemical equilibrium of the sea’s carbon cycle, resulting in seas becoming more acidic. Ocean acidification is likely to have serious consequences for ecosystems and the services they provide over this century. The expectation is that ocean acidification may trigger a chain reaction of impacts through the marine food web that will affect ecological, biogeochemical, and socio-economic values globally. (…)

This session welcomes all papers that relate to the projected decrease in efficiency of the ocean carbon pump and the consequences for organisms, ecosystems, and the society perspective.

Papers on the following topics are welcome:

  • monitoring perspectives on ocean acidification including potential approaches to monitor effects
  • changes in ocean chemistry
  • modelling approaches to understand ocean acidification effects
  • experimental approaches (in situ and under laboratory conditions)
  • ecosystems sensitivity/resilience

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