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Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Workshop 2008

July 21-24, 2008

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The 2008 OCB Summer Science Workshop took place July 21-24, 2008 in Woods Hole, MA. The focus of this year’s workshop was on the following interdisciplinary themes:

Climate sensitivity of ecosystem structure and associated impacts on biogeochemical cycles Implications of climate variability and climate change for ocean biogeochemistry and benthic and pelagic ecosystems covering all trophic levels.

Carbon uptake and storage
Recent observational and modeling findings quantifying the magnitude and trends in ocean carbon fluxes and carbon storage.

Temporal trends in ecosystem variability
Application of ocean time-series data to characterize ecosystem response to varying climatic and biogeochemical boundary conditions. The session will include both modern and paleo-time-series in order to place the trends over the past century and future trends in a broader temporal context.

Each day we will focus on one theme, which will include a morning plenary session, followed by afternoon breakout sessions on more detailed sub-topics within that theme, and then a late afternoon poster session. The purpose of the breakouts is to facilitate more detailed discussions on research priorities and opportunities within each theme. A set of near- and long-term objectives will be developed, from which the OCB research community could begin to formulate ideas for single or multi-PI projects to advance the field.

Since this is a U.S. science/planning meeting and we have limited space, we are encouraging registrants at the Post doc level and beyond. We also are limiting attendance to  U.S. participants other than a few invited international speakers/registrants. We will be webcasting the meeting and encourage those not attending to watch. Details will be on our web site the week before the workshop.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Last updated: August 1, 2008