Call for Abstracts: "Western antarctic ocean ecosystems: Chemical, Physical, and Biological Connections" at Ocean Sciences 2012 Meeting

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Call for Abstracts: "Western antarctic ocean ecosystems: Chemical, Physical, and Biological Connections" at Ocean Sciences 2012 Meeting

Ken Mankoff

This is a call for abstracts to be submitted to the 2012 Ocean
Sciences Meeting, 20-24 February 2012, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Session #115 seeks presentations on the Western Antarctic ocean
ecosystems including chemical, physical, and biological connections.

This meeting is being sponsored by the American Geophysical Union,
The Oceanography Society, and the American Society of Limnology and
Oceanography. Conference information, registration, and abstract
submission can be done at

           == Abstracts due 7 October, 2011. ==


Western antarctic ocean ecosystems: Chemical, Physical, and
Biological Connections

Organizers: Matthew M. Mills, Stanford University; Ken Mankoff,
University of California at Santa Cruz; Ted Maksym, British
Antarctic Survey.

The rapidly changing environment along the western Antarctic
continental shelf has generated a plethora of recent research
activity. The Amundsen Sea sector has some of Antarctica's most
rapidly thinning and accelerating glaciers, such as the Pine Island
and Thwaites, which dynamically interact with coastal polynyas. The
Antarctic Peninsula is experiencing some of the largest temperature
changes on the planet. Additionally, the western Antarctic shelf is
an area of high biological productivity. For example, the Amundsen
and Pine Island polynyas regularly attain the highest chlorophyll
concentrations and integrated rates of primary productivity of all
Antarctic polynyas. However, we still have little understanding of
the physical and chemical mechanisms that drive the high biological
production here and our understanding of the spatial and temporal
variability of these mechanisms and processes is limited. The
proposed session invites presentations on the current state of
knowledge concerning the physical and chemical environment within
the Western Antarctic Seas and their coupling to the biological
productivity of the region. Contributions addressing the circulation
of circumpolar deepwater on the continental shelf, glacial ice and
meltwater impacts on polynya chemistry, physics and biology, sea ice
dynamics, or that make specific reference to multiple timescales
and/or cross disciplinary boundaries (e.g. observations vs.
modeling), are particularly encouraged.


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