OCB Scoping Workshop: June 8-11, 2009

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Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the U.S. National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautical and Space Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the
Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Southern Ocean (ICED) programme.

U.S. National Science Foundation

National Aeronautical and Space Administration

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Southern Ocean (ICED) Programme

This Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) scoping workshop in Princeton, New Jersey, will focus on carbon cycling and marine ecosystems in the context of climate variability in the Southern Ocean.  The Southern Ocean plays a critical role in the global climate system owing to its unique physical, biogeochemical, and ecological features.  The region is undergoing substantial changes in response to climate trends and variability, and future changes are expected to exert substantial impacts on biogeochemical cycles and ecosystem processes of the Antarctic. Despite increased efforts to understand these processes, significant discrepancies still exist between models and observations, and a number of key processes remain poorly quantified. There is a clear and increasing need to develop a coordinated approach that advances our understanding of climate variability in the Southern Ocean and its implications for ecosystem dynamics and biogeochemical cycling. 

The overall objective of this Scoping Workshop will be to facilitate interaction between the physical, biogeochemical, and ecosystem research communities to develop research strategies to resolve current limitations, gaps and discrepancies in our understanding and prediction of the Southern Ocean ecosystems, biogeochemical cycles and carbon uptake.  More specific goals are:

1) to provide a critical overview of recent advances in the scientific understanding of the Southern Ocean
2) to build a collaborative Southern Ocean community across multiple disciplines
3) to identify key research questions of scientific significance
4) to formulate implementation plans for collaborative research in the Southern Ocean. 

To this end, the steering committee will strive to achieve a balance among participants from a wide range of OCB-relevant communities in all areas of oceanography, including modeling and observational communities. It is envisioned that plenary talks will contribute to the following topics:

1) Marine Food Webs & Ecosystems
2) Biogeochemical Cycling & Carbon Production/Export
3) Air-sea fluxes

4) Climate Dynamics

5) Circulation & Sea-ice
6) Present & Future plans, and relationship to other international programs (ICED, SOOS, CCAMLR, IMBER).

Breakout group discussions will be designed to provide integration across the general topics, and will complement the plenary presentations.

Facilities at Princeton University will limit the meeting size to approximately 75 participants. The committee welcomes participation from scientists of all career stages and members of the international science community. We especially encourage the attendance of those who might represent larger groups or programs.  

Registration Deadline: April 15, 2009
After this deadline the steering committee will assess both the number and breadth of expertise of registrants, and make selections if necessary to meet the meeting size constraints.


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