Published 20.03.2017 - Updated 20.03.2017

Tackle global change challenges using I-ADApT

Ratana Chuenpagdee, leader of the Too Big To Ignore (TBTI) project and member of IMBeR’s Scientific Steering Committee and Human Dimensions Working Group, gave a plenary talk at the ICES/PICES Symposium on the Drivers of Dynamics of Small Pelagic Fish Resources (March 2017, Victoria, BC). The title of her presentation was Small fish, big stake: Vulnerability and adaptation of small-scale small pelagic fisheries to global changes.

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Published 23.02.2017 - Updated 28.02.2017

IMBIZO 5: Marine biosphere research for a sustainable ocean: Linking ecosystems, future states and resource management

Abstract submission and registration is now open for the IMBeR IMBIZO 5!  We will follow the proven IMBIZO format of three parallel workshops with joint plenary and poster sessions. To ensure good discussions and interactions, the number of participants is limited to about 40 per workshop. For a diversity of scientific interests, selection willl be based on the research interests and abstracts submitted by would-be attendees. Choose a workshop and submit an abstract soon!

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Published 07.12.2016 - Updated 07.12.2016

The 2016 PICES Annual Science Meeting and 25-year anniversary celebration

IMBER was well represented at the 2016 PICES Annual Science Meeting (ASM) that was held in San Diego, CA, USA, from 2 - 11 November. It was a special meeting as PICES was celebrating its 25th anniversary, so the meeting included a look back at where they have been as well as where they are going.


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Published 30.11.2016 - Updated 30.11.2016

Global patterns and trends of tuna isotopes

Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis is a common tool to estimate trophic position and examine habitat patterns of a range of coastal and marine predators, but due to the extensive oceanic habitat and logistics required to conduct wide-scale sampling, global comparisons have been limited to date. The CLIOTOP 2016-01 ‘Tuna Isotopes’ Task Team recently convened two workshops in Hobart, Australia to draft two scientific papers. 

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Published 17.11.2016 - Updated 18.11.2016

East China Normal University to host the IMBER Regional Project Office for a further three years

A ceremony to mark the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between IMBER and the East China Normal University (ECNU) was held on 20 October 2016 at ECNU in Shanghai, China. This MOU relates to the renewal to host and support the IMBER Regional Project Office (RPO) at the State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research (SKLEC) at ECNU for an additional three years. Carol Robinson, IMBER Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) Chair and Rongming Wang, ECNU Vice President, signed the MOU on behalf of IMBER and ECNU.

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Published 01.11.2016 - Updated 01.11.2016

Registration is now open for the 2017 ESSAS Open Science Meeting

ESSAS will hold its 3rd Open Science Meeting from 11-15 June 2017 in Tromsø, Norway. The theme of the meeting is Moving in, out and across the Subarctic and Arctic marine ecosystems: shifting boundaries of water, ice, flora, fauna, people and institutions.

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Published 05.10.2016 - Updated 19.10.2016

Call for bids to host 2019 IMBER Open Science Conference

IMBER plans to hold its second Open Science Conference (OSC) in 2019 and is requesting proposals to host the OSC.  We anticipate that between 250 and 500 people will attend. Bids should be submitted by 1 April 2017 and should include information given in this article.

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Published 22.09.2016 - Updated 07.03.2017

ESSAS 3rd International Open Science Meeting

Moving in, out and across the subarctic and Arctic marine ecosystems: shifting boundaries of water, ice, flora, fauna, people and institutions

ESSAS (Ecosystem Studies of Subarctic and Arctic Seas) will hold its 3rd Open Science Meeting 11-15 June 2017 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Tromsø, Norway. Registration to attend the Meeting will open soon.

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Published 12.09.2016 - Updated 14.09.2016

Our new website

IMBER is in the process of taking on the next 10 years. After 10 years, a new science and implementation strategy is prepared, and a new logo and revision of the name is under way to reflect the new strategy. This new web site will be the place to get to know IMBER, to present news, in short and in in-depth articles, and will be developed to function as archive for previous publications and event reports. The intention is to produce this site to provide information and contacts within and about the IMBER project.

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Published 09.09.2016 - Updated 09.09.2016

IMBER - Future Earth Norway workshop

Research has an important role to play in providing our policy makers and communities with the knowledge base required to secure or achieve sustainable oceans, including research on the structure and functioning of linked ocean and human systems, on interactions of different drivers of change, on thresholds, and on social-ecological dynamics. 

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Published 08.09.2016 - Updated 09.09.2016

Release of SOCAT Version 4 – The first annual release using automated data upload

The Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT) is a synthesis activity by the international marine carbon research community (>100 contributors). SOCAT version 4 has 18.5 million quality-controlled, surface ocean fCO2 (fugacity of carbon dioxide) observations with an accuracy of better than 5 μatm from 1957 to 2015 for the global oceans and coastal seas. Automation of data upload and initial data checks speeds up data submission and allows annual releases of SOCAT from version 4 onwards.

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Published 08.09.2016 - Updated 08.09.2016

The IMBER ClimEco5 Summer School

Towards more resilient oceans: Predicting and projecting future changes in the ocean and their impacts on human societies

The IMBER ClimEco5 summer school was held in Natal Brazil from 10-17 August 2016: It was attended by 65 participants from 27 countries, and 10 lecturers, chosen for their expertise in relevant interdisciplinary topics.

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Published 24.08.2016 - Updated 24.08.2016

New article on the South China Sea dispute

Fishing, not oil, is at the heart of the South China Sea dispute.

By Clive Schofield, Rashid Sumaila, and William Cheung

Contrary to the view that the South China Sea disputes are driven by a regional hunger for seabed energy resources, the real and immediate prizes at stake are the region’s fisheries and marine environments that support them.

It is also through the fisheries dimensions to the conflict that the repercussions of the recent ruling of the arbitration tribunal in the Philippines-China case are likely to be most acutely felt

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Published 15.08.2016 - Updated 15.08.2016



Four main goals:

  1. Introduction of new WG members and their participation in HDWG activities
  2. Discussion of the new IMBER Science Plan and Implementation Strategy and development of a Work Plan for next phase of the IMBER HDWG, representing the interests of all members
  3. Continued development and future of I-ADApT
  4. Funding and collaborations adn new members for 2018
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