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OCEAN ACIDIFICATION: WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

Overview


Organizers : University of East Anglia, School of Environmental Sciences, Norwich, United Kingdom
Date : June 4th 10:15am, June 5th 3:45pm
Location : Royal Society, London, United Kingdom
Expected number of participants : 100-250
Nature of participants : Mix of scientists and stakeholders - with latter including marine managers, policy makers, private sector, media and the general public
Keywords : ocean acidification, climate change, biogeochemistry,energy policy
Keynote speakers :
  •     P. Williamson, NERC and Univ of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom
  •     H. Elderfield, Univ of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  •     U. Schuster, Univ of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom
  •     P. Pearson, Univ of Cardiff, Cardiff, United Kingdom
  •     M. Voss, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemuende , Rostock, Germany
  •     HO. Poertner, Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany
  •     M. Wahl, Helmholtz Institute for Ocean Research (GEOMAR), Kiel , Germany
  •     F. Mark, Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany
  •     T. Tyrrell, Univ of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom
  •     S. Widdicombe, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth, United Kingdom
  •     L. Heaps, WWF-UK, Woking, United Kingdom
  •     K. Flynn, Univ of Swansea, Swansea, United Kingdom
  •     S. Gossling-Riesemann, Univ of Bremen, Bremen, Germany
  •     C. Turley, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth, United Kingdom
  •     J. Hall-Spencer, Univ of Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom
  •     F. Melzner, Helmholtz Institute for Ocean research (GEOMAR), Kiel, Germany
  •     J. Fietzke Helmholtz Institute for Ocean research (GEOMAR), Kiel, Germany
  •     P. Liss, Univ of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom
  •     N. Bednarsek, NOAA & Univ of Washington, Washington WA, United States of America
  •     S. Birchenough, Centre for Fishery & Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft, United Kingdom

Summary


Ocean acidification: what’s it all about?


Public meeting at Royal Society, London, 4-5 June 2015


The chemistry of the global ocean is rapidly changing, as a result of the unprecedented increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.  This process of ocean acidification threatens marine organisms, ecosystems, and the services they provide to society.  A two-day public meeting at the Royal Society, London on 4-5 June will discuss the latest scientific findings in this rapidly developing field, with focus on outcomes from the UK Ocean Acidification (UKOA) research programme [co-funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)] and the German partnership programme, Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification (BIOACID) [funded by Bundesministerium fur Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)].


On 4 June, the questions addressed will be: What is ocean acidification?  Why should we care about ocean acidification? and What can we do about ocean acidification?  Presentations will be given by leading UKOA and BIOACID researchers, in sessions chaired by Ian Boyd (Defra Chief Science Advisor), John Loughhead (DECC CSA) and Louise Heaps (Marine Chief Science Advisor, WWF-UK).


On 5 June, specific science topics will be explored in greater detail, with open discussion on what we have learned, and what are the future science challenges in this rapidly-developing and societally-important research area.


On both days, there will be question-and-answer opportunities after each talk, in addition to two Panel sessions (one each day, each of an hour) for discussion of the issues raised, and their socio-econmic implications.


Online registration is available via: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/funded/programmes/oceanacidification/news/meeting/


There  is no registration fee, and refreshments will be provided.  Around 150-200 participants are expected, representing stakeholder communities (marine managers, policy makers, private sector, media and the general public).

More information

This two-day, public meeting will present a state-of-the-art summary of ocean acidification and its implications to a wide audience in a non-technical way.  The latest research findings from the UK Ocean Acidification and the German programme Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification (BIOACID) will be discussed.  For further details and online registration (open until 20 May), see

http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/funded/programmes/oceanacidification/news/meeting/.  There is no registration fee.

Contact Dr Phil Williamson, p.williamson@uea.ac.uk