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PICES-2017 Annual Meeting, 21 September – 1 October 2017, Vladivostok, Russia

Theme: “Environmental changes in the North Pacific and impacts on biological resources and ecosystem services”

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 June 2017!

Marine ecosystems around the North Pacific are changing. Over the past decade physical, chemical, and biological processes have been altered by climate change and anthropogenic impacts. In response, species’ ranges have shifted, disrupting ecosystem goods and services, including fisheries resources upon which communities around the North Pacific depend. Understanding, characterizing and forecasting ecosystem changes will ensure managers and policy makers have the information needed to maintain ecosystem biodiversity, structure and function, and ultimately sustainable utilization of ocean resources. Assessments that use observation-based indicators of ecosystem conditions coupled with numerical models capable of predicting future marine ecosystem conditions at short (seasonal to interannual), medium (decadal) and long-term (multi-decadal) scales can inform management and policy decisions.

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Abstract submission open: “Climate Change and High CO2 Effects on Fishes: Moving from Individual to Community Level Effects”, 10th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference, 2-6 October 2017, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Deadline for abstract submission: 22 July 2017!

Convenors: Ivan Nagelkerken, Philip Munday, Colin Brauner & Marc Metian

Description: We have entered an era of increasing uncertainty about the effect of human activities on the function and services of marine and freshwater ecosystems. Although research on climate change and acidification of ocean and more recently freshwater systems has rapidly accelerated, there has been a primary emphasis on single stressor, single habitat, single species, single life stage, and short-term experiments. This has led to an incomplete view of how multiple global stressors may truly affect fish populations and communities over the longer term. Moreover, due to different species sensitivities to global change stressors we have yet to identify the full potential of fish species for acclimation or adaptation. We are at a stage where we need to broaden the scope from simple experiments to more complex studies that allow us to better predict climate-driven changes in fish communities and diversity, and the ecosystem services they provide. In this session we particularly welcome contributions on global change biology that relate to: 1) multi-species interactions, 2) multi-stressor effects and their interactions, 3) potential for species acclimation or adaption, 4) drivers of species community change, 4) ecosystem-level effects (e.g. phase shifts, resilience, productivity). By acting as a venue for the presentation and discussion of such ‘next-generation studies’ this session will highlight the current state-of-the art, identify new approaches for community and ecosystem level studies, provide opportunities for synergistic thinking, and shed a critical light on desired future research agendas to more comprehensively predict the effect of global change on fish populations and communities.

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Deadline for abstract submission approaching: “Ocean Ecosystems Changes Under Multiple Stressors”, Goldschmidt Conference 2017, 13-18 August 2017, Paris, France

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 April 2017!

Convenors: Adrienne Sutton, Sam Dupont

Keynote: Jacob Silverman (IOLR, Israel)

Natural variability in key chemical and physical drivers influences marine life at a multitude of time and space scales. Our ability to project the response of ecosystems to a changing ocean is limited by uncertainties in both present and future variability in stressors such as temperature, oxygen, carbonate chemistry and trace metals as well as uncertainties in biological impacts. This session focuses on new insights into variability and change of these multiple drivers and how they impact marine ecosystem structure, function, and biodiversity directly through fitness of individual species or indirectly through ecological interactions. Studies utilizing this information to develop ecosystem vulnerability assessments or biological indices/thresholds will also be considered. Submissions utilizing observations, experiments, and models to investigate the ecological implications of changing ocean temperature and chemistry are all welcome.

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Special session on ocean acidification at the 2017 ESSAS Open Science Meeting on Subarctic and Arctic Science, 11-15 June 2017, Tromsø, Norway

Rationale: The formation and transport of corrosive waters in the Arctic–does it matter? Ocean acidification is thought to increase most in the cold regions of the ocean including the Sub-Arctic and Arctic. What do the observations tell us? What are the impacts of OA on Sub-Arctic and Arctic species and what effect will this have on their ecosystems?

Co-chairs: Kumiko Azetsu-Scott (Canada), Kumiko.Azetsu-Scott(at); Melissa Chierici (Norway), melissa.chierici(at)

Keynote Speakers: Peter Thor (Norway); Jessica Cross (USA); Agneta Fransson (Norway)

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Workshop: “Using natural analogues to investigate the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on northern ecosystems”, 2017 ESSAS Open Science Meeting on Subarctic and Arctic Science, 11-15 June 2017, Tromsø, Norway

Description: This half-day workshop will investigate the effects of climate change and OA in Subarctic and Arctic ecosystems by bring together international experts with experience in monitoring carbonate chemistry across spatial and temporal gradients at high latitudes, using natural analogues to assess the effects of predicted OA at different levels of biological organisation and the effects of elevated pCO2 and low carbonate saturation on high latitude species. The primary objectives of the workshop will be to:

1) Document the importance of using natural analogues to investigate the effects of climate change and OA in subarctic and arctic ecosystems, and how such frameworks may be developed in the future.

2) Identify suitable natural analogue sites for future research into climate change and OA in the Subarctic and Arctic waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Polar Oceans.

3) Form a strong cross disciplinary group of experienced researchers to support future applications for funding work on this topic.

The workshop will consist of some initial presentations and then discussions working towards a manuscript related to objective 1 above. In addition, a report on the results of the discussions on objectives 2 and 3 will be produced.

Convenors: Samuel Rastrick, IMR, Norway, samuel.rastrick(at); Tina Kutti, IMR, Norway, tina.kutti(at); Melissa Chierici, IMR, Norway, melissa.chierici(at); Marco Milazzo, U. of Palermo, Italy, marco.milazzo(at); Jason Hall-Spencer, U. of Plymouth, UK, jason.hall-spencer(at); Agneta Fransson, NPI, Norway, agneta.fransson(at)

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10th International Carbon Dioxide Conference (ICDC10) 21-25 August 2017, Interlaken, Switzerland: deadline for abstract submission extended to 15 March 2017!

NEW deadline for abstract submission: 15 March 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.

Limited financial support towards travel, accommodation and subsistence may be provided by the IAEA OA-ICC for researchers from countries eligible to receive IAEA support presenting their work on ocean acidification and whose abstracts are selected. For more details regarding eligibility, please contact the IAEA OA-ICC, OAICC.Contact-Point(at)

Abstracts will be evaluated by the organizers.

For more information on the conference, please go to the event’s official website.

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.

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