Call for abstracts - Observing Antarctica and the Southern Ocean

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Call for abstracts - Observing Antarctica and the Southern Ocean

Louise Newman
Dear colleagues,

I would like to draw your attention to the following session in the upcoming SCAR Open Science Conference (July 16-19, Portland, USA). Abstract submission will close on February 15th.

Observing Antarctica and the Southern Ocean
Convenors: Louise Newman (SOOS IPO), others TBA

Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are changing. Limited observations indicate that the Southern Ocean is warming more rapidly than the global ocean average; changes in precipitation and ice melt are effecting upper and lower abyssal ocean salinity; basin-wide ocean acidification is occurring due to uptake of anthropogenic CO2. On the continent, ice-shelf collapse and regional warming are heightening the need for increased understanding of ice-shelf and ice-sheet contributions to sea level. Further, Antarctic ecosystems are changing, some at a rapid pace, in response to changes in the physical and chemical environment. The ever-growing activities of national operators and the ecotourism industry also pose a real threat to the stability of ecosystems. Sustained, long-term multidisciplinary observations are therefore required to accurately detect, interpret and respond to change.

This session invites presentations on all observational and monitoring research of the Southern Ocean and Antarctic systems, throughout the physical, chemical and biological realms.

Hope to see you in Portland!

Kind Regards

Dr Louise Newman
Executive Officer
Southern Ocean Observing System

SOOS International Project Office 
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 110
Hobart, TAS
Australia, 7001

Ph: +61 (0)3 6226 6011
Fax: +61 (0)3 6226 2107


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