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

Time: 02.10.2017 - 05.10.2017
Location: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA

The fifth IMBeR IMBIZO (the Zulu word for a gathering) will be hosted by the Ocean, Carbon & Biogeochemistry Group at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA from 2-5 October 2017.

The aim of the IMBIZO 5 is to progress the implementation of the new IMBeR Science Plan (2016-2025). The overall theme of the meeting is Marine biosphere research for a sustainable ocean: Linking ecosystems, future states and resource management. This is the basis of the science plan where the research goal is to Understand, quantify and compare the historic and present structure and functioning of linked ocean and human systems to predict and project changes including developing scenarios and options for securing or transitioning towards ocean sustainability.

The meeting will consist of three concurrent but interacting workshops, with joint plenary and poster sessions. This format has previously been successful in promoting discussion between disciplinary experts, in developing interaction between biogeochemical, ecological and social science research, and in producing synthesis papers and journal special issues. To optimize participant interactions, each of the three workshops will be restricted to 40 participants. The themes of the workshops highlight the direction of IMBeR science over the next ten years, and the scales and interactions that will be explored.

IMBIZO 5 will follow the usual format of three concurrent but interacting workshops. The three workshops are:

  1. Critical constraints on future projections of marine systems (co-Chairs: Laurent Bopp and Eric Galbraith)
  2. Metabolic diversity and evolution in marine biogeochemical cycling and ocean ecosystem processes (co-Chairs: Gerhard Herndl and Tatiana Rynearson)
  3. Management Strategy Evaluation: Achieving transparency in natural resource management by quantitatively bridging social and natural science uncertainties (co-Chairs: Ingrid van Putten and Cisco Werner)