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Ocean acidification examined with organisations and institutes

The Science and Technology Committee holds its first evidence session to examine ‘ocean acidification’ with organisations that were involved with the UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme, and with institutes that research ocean acidification in the UK’s overseas territories. The session considers the monitoring of ocean acidification, its impacts and the funding of marine science.


Wednesday 1 March 2017, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30am

Dr Carol Turley, Senior Scientist, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Dr Ceri Lewis, Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology, University of Exeter
Dr Alex Poulton, Principal Researcher in Marine Ecology and Biogeochemistry, National Oceanography Centre
Dr Ned Garnett, Associate Director Research, Natural Environment Research Council

At 10.30am

Professor Nicholas Bates, Director of Research, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences
Dr Melody Clark, Project Leader, British Antarctic Survey

Further information and media coverage.

IMBIZO 5: “Marine biosphere research for a sustainable ocean: Linking ecosystems, future states and resource management”, 2-5 October 2017, Woods Hole, USA

Deadline for abstract submission: 30 May 2017!

The fifth IMBeR IMBIZO (the Zulu word for a gathering) will be hosted by the Ocean, Carbon & Biogeochemistry Group at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA from 2-6 October 2017.

IMBIZO 5 will follow the usual format of three concurrent but interacting workshops. The three workshops are:

  • Critical constraints on future projections of marine systems (co-Chairs: Laurent Bopp and Eric Galbraith)
  • Metabolic diversity and evolution in marine biogeochemical cycling and ocean ecosystem processes (co-Chairs: Gerhard Herndl and Tatiana Rynearson)
  • Management Strategy Evaluation: Achieving transparency in natural resource management by quantitatively bridging social and natural science uncertainties (co-Chairs: Ingrid van Putten and Cisco Werner)

To ensure an environment conducive to interaction and discussion, each workshop will be limited to around 40 participants. For a diversity of scientific interests, participants will be selected according to their research interests and the abstracts that they submit.

Choose a workshop, and submit an abstract!

Further information.

Fishermen and scientists discuss ocean acidification in Sitka

In an effort to connect the latest research on ocean acidification with Alaskans who could potentially be most affected, Alaska Ocean Acidification Network partners held a question and answer session with fishermen in Sitka in January. The roundtable discussion was hosted by the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and supported by the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association. Thirty Sitka residents showed up to learn more about ocean acidification (OA), what’s happening in Alaska, and how it might impact fishermen.

Questions over the course of the evening ranged from monitoring efforts to food web dynamics to potential effects on commercially important species. A diverse team of scientists joined by phone to provide the best available information to address local concerns. Almost the entire group of Sitka participants stayed for an additional half hour after the session was over to discuss what they’d heard, talk about some of the regional monitoring efforts, and share ideas.

“It was so refreshing to hear how much the scientists cared how this issue impacts us, our communities and our fisheries up here,” said one Sitka resident. “They really seemed to want to engage with us.”

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Session on the chemistry of the ocean at the Goldschmidt Conference 2017, 13-18 August 2017, Paris, France

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 April 2017!

Session title: “Chemistry of ocean (past present and future)”

Ocean chemistry is dynamic, changing at multiple spatial and temporal scales. This session focuses on the processes that determine the distribution of chemical substances in the ocean and the internal ocean processes (ocean biogeochemistry, mixing and circulation) as well as ocean-atmosphere, ocean-land and ocean sediment interactions that shape these distributions. Such processes are indicative of climate, environment and ecosystem changes in the past, present and future. We encourage submissions utilizing observations, experiments, and models and covering scientific subjects such as: (1) the ocean role in controlling the atmospheric CO2 content through time and atmospheric impacts on ocean chemistry, (2) changes in ocean carbonate chemistry, oxygenation, and trace metal concentrations and speciation, (3) controls on ocean productivity and nutrients distribution, and (4) effects of changes in input of weathering products through river systems to the coastal zone and distribution and controls on dissolved organic substances.

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Regional Workshop on the Management of Marine Resources

A three-day Regional Workshop on measures to manage marine resources commenced on January 24 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

It is being hosted by the British High Commission, under the Caribbean Commonwealth Marine Economies programme, which involves a £5.6 million package of measures to help small island countries reduce poverty by preserving their marine environments, and making the best use of their marine resources.

A further aim of the programme is to support the sustainable growth of Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) within the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. The programme will last for one year initially, with potential for continuation.

Issues being addressed under the programme are: climate change, ocean acidification, pollution, overfishing, and loss of habitats. These threaten subsistence livelihoods, commercial fishing and food supply.

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10th International Carbon Dioxide Conference (ICDC): limited funding available for researchers working on ocean acidification from countries eligible to receive IAEA support

Deadline for abstract submission: 28 February 2017!

The Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR), based at the University of Bern, and the International Atomic Energy Agency Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (IAEA OA-ICC) are pleased to announce that some funding opportunities will be available for researchers working on ocean acidification from countries eligible to receive IAEA support to attend the 10th International Carbon Dioxide Conference (ICDC10).

The ICDC10 will be held on 21-25 August 2017, in Interlaken, Switzerland. The purpose of this conference is to bring scientists from different disciplines together to work toward an integrated view of the global carbon cycle in the Earth System.

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HKU to hold the 2nd Interdisciplinary Symposium on Ocean Acidification and Climate Change (ISOACC) — Establish new synergy to tackle climate change impacts on coastal biodiversity

Coastal areas are increasingly vulnerable to climate change (i.e. warming and ocean acidification and hypoxia). Globally this issue has become one of the most serious socio-economic concerns because majority of coasts will soon become unsuitable for shellfish farming. This is a stark warning to Asia, which is not only a center of marine biodiversity but also accounts for >90% of world’s shellfish production. A multidisciplinary team approach is required to evaluate these climate change impacts on coastal biodiversity/aquaculture and to understand the mechanisms behind these impacts.

With the funding support from the Environment and Conservation Fund, Faculty of Science of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), The Swire Institute of Marine Science and the School of Biological Sciences of HKU are organizing the 2nd ISOACC along with University of Glasgow from 5-9 December 2016.

Unlike conventional conferences, the 2nd ISOACC aims to bring scientists who have strong interest in multidisciplinary collaboration in marine climate change research together. This Symposium will:

  • Bring ecologists, engineers and molecular biologists to refresh ongoing collaborations and to establish new synergy to utilize new research tools from molecular biology, biomedical sciences and mechanical engineering in climate change studies;
  • Identify important research gaps that can be addressed by multidisciplinary collaborations;
  • Discuss the idea of establishing an “Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Oyster Research (ILOR)” to model the climate change impacts on oyster aquaculture, and
  • Form an international and interdisciplinary collaborative research team to provide advice and to advance the Ocean acidification -Asia network.

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