With ICES, PICES, IOC and FAO as primary international sponsors, the 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans will take place in Washington DC, 4-8 June 2018, and will have many sessions with relevance for the OA community. Featured in particular below is Session S3 “Carbon uptake, ocean acidification, and ecosystems and human impacts“, which has a special focus on OA.
Deadline for abstract submission is 15 December.
S3: Carbon uptake, ocean acidification, and ecosystems and human impacts
(Hokkaido University, Japan)
(Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency)
Galen A. McKinley
(Columbia University/Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory)
By absorbing significant quantities of CO2, the ocean provides a critical climate regulation service. At the same time, carbon uptake is altering marine biogeochemistry, food web and ecosystem properties. Other drivers of large-scale degradation of the marine environment have been widely reported, specifically temperature-driven coral bleaching and hypoxia. Yet, there exist significant uncertainties. The long-term ability of the ocean to absorb carbon and thus to modulate climate is a critical question of utmost relevance to international climate negotiations. Uncertainties with respect to impacts on marine ecosystems and human society hinders the effective management of ocean resources.
In this session, we will explore a range of physical, biogeochemical, and sociological interactions that impact the ocean CO2 sink, rates of acidification, and ecosystem impacts. Presentations will characterize the physical and biogeochemical processes driving current and projected future CO2 uptake, variability, and long-term trends. Advanced methods both for observing CO2 uptake, and for modeling its variability and change will be discussed. Contributions are also welcome from observational, experimental, modeling and socio-economic studies on ocean acidification, hypoxia, biological carbon sequestration and related ecosystem dynamics with various spatio-temporal scales, from local to global and from short to long-term. Linkages between these processes with potential development of international observing and modeling networks, vulnerability assessments, management strategies and integrative studies are particularly welcome.