Theme 1: Climate effects on physical, chemical and biological processes
Climate change influences marine biogeochemistry and ecosystems through changes in physical processes such as currents, eddies, mixing, and thermohaline circulation. Understanding these changes at various spatial-temporal scales and exploring their effects on biogeochemical cycling, species distributions, ecophysiology, and marine food-webs is fundamentally important. Interconnecting physico-chemical changes and their effects on marine ecosystems provides a more comprehensive understanding of the balance in the climate system and the consequences if this balance is disrupted.
Session 1A: Climate change and the effects on the ocean
Session 1B: Cross-scale interactions and trends of climate change
Session 1C: Coastal dynamics: changes in sea level, geomorphology and ecosystems
Theme 2: Anthropogenic effects on the marine environment
Human activities significantly impact the marine environment by directly utilizing coastal land and marine resources. Developing mitigation strategies and management tools based on scientific knowledge of biogeochemistry, life cycles, and ecosystem processes is critical for the concurrent achievement of sustainable use of marine resources and maintenance of healthy ecosystems. This theme focuses on monitoring, assessment and management of anthropogenic effects on the marine environment in order to support both the sustainable use and the maintenance of the marine ecosystem and its surroundings.
Session 2A: Introduction of anthropogenic substances to the ocean and their impacts
Session 2B: Ecosystem-Based Management – Get the big picture
Session 2C: Evaluation of best management practices
Theme 3: Patterns and processes in marine ecosystems
Investigating the patterns and processes in marine ecosystems is of great interest to marine scientists and managers, and is fundamental to modeling ecosystems, predicting change, determining effects of human impacts, and managing marine populations. Abstracts submitted to this theme will explore marine life and its dynamics, from individuals to ecosystems, as well as present the tools and models suitable to explain them.
Session 3A: Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
Session 3B: Marine population dynamics and community ecology
Session 3C: Marine ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles
Session 3D: Ecological forecasting in marine ecosystems