Special session on ocean acidification at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, 19-24 June 2016, Honolulu, Hawai’i

Session 32 – “Ocean acidification: Measuring and scaling impacts across multiple scales”

The deadline for submission is 15 January 2016!

Session description

Ocean acidification (OA) poses a major threat to coral reefs. Most research in this rapidly growing field has focused on the short-term responses of individual species to future high CO2 conditions. While these studies are informative, we still have a limited ability to predict how micro- and organism-scale responses will manifest at the ecosystem level. Key questions still remain concerning how OA-related changes in physiological processes affect population dynamics, how OA will influence relationships between species and thereby alter ecosystem structure, and how changes in calcification and dissolution will affect the calcium carbonate budgets of entire reef systems. This session aims to bring together research approaches across multiple spatial and temporal scales to improve our understanding of the potential impacts of ocean acidification. We welcome submissions from researchers working across scales from sub-organismal to global, as well as methodologies ranging from laboratory techniques to field investigation of natural OA gradients. We are particularly interested in those submissions which address the natural complexity of real-world ecosystems, the simultaneous influences of additional stressors such as warming, and the long-term effects of OA stress. We anticipate this to be a highly multidisciplinary session, with contributions from a range of fields including physiology, ecology, biogeochemistry, and modeling.

Session organizers

  • Ian Enochs, University of Miami, NOAA
  • Emily Shaw, California State University Northridge
  • Stefano Goffredo, University of Bologna
  • Katharina Fabricius, Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • Steeve Comeau, The University of Western Australia
  • Giuseppe Falini, University of Bologna
  • Derek Manzello, NOAA
  • Christopher Cornwall, The University of Western Australia
  • Zvy Dubinsky, Bar-Ilan University
  • Nichole Price, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
  • Sarah Hamylton, University of Wollongong

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