Call for abstracts - Observing Antarctica and the Southern Ocean
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!
************************* 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