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ClimEco5 (August 2016, Natal, Brazil)

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


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  Our oceans provide a range of goods and services for human societies. However, marine ecosystems are changing at unprecedented rates, driven by a combination of climate pressures and direct anthropogenic impacts like fishing and coastal development. These impacts are modifying the productivity and biodiversity of marine ecosystems in ways that threaten their resilience and sustainability. The effects of both natural and anthropogenic pressures are expected to continue and probably intensify in many regions. Models of the socio-ecological system interactions, considering the combined effects of multiple drivers, will help us understand and project these potential impacts into the future. Because social-ecological system models and related indicators provide information necessary to anticipate potential future change in marine environments and to deal with this change to the best of our ability. To maintain marine ecosystem services these social-ecological models are critical for developing workable yet flexible management approaches and policy decisions

(NEW!) There is a visa waiver (90 day, non-extendable) for American, Australian, Canadian and Japanese nationals going to Brazil  between 1 June  and 18 September 2016! 

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Please note that the zika virus is present in Brazil. While most people who are bitten by infected mosquitoes only have mild symptoms, it is strongly suspected to have led to brain defects in some unborn babies whose mothers got the virus.

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Registration and payment

Participants who have received confirmation that they were selected to attend the ClimEco5 summer school must register here

Early payment of the registration fee would be appreciated, and you must pay before 10 July 2016

Registration fees

The registration fee for the summer school is 250 Euros for students and 350 Euros for early career researchers. This includes all the educational and scientific activities, as well as the Ice-breaker evening and the closing dinner.

The course will provide all the lecturing and research facilities.

The fee does not include accommodation or meals.


Praiamar Natal Hotel & Convention

Travel support

Some funding is available. Successful applicants will be informed whether they have been granted travel support. 

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This is an interdisciplinary summer school and we welcome applications from students and early-career researchers (up to 10 years post PhD) in natural and social sciences who are interested in modelling and interpreting change in global oceans. Participants with interests in topics including for example, oceanography, biogeochemistry, fisheries, climate change and social and economic aspects of marine ecosystems are encouraged to apply. If you are interested in finding out about practical ways of dealing with the challenges arising from working across social and natural science disciplines, and communicating with decision makers, then you should apply to participate in the ClimEco5 summer school!

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How to apply

Download and complete the application form from the link below and send it with a short CV (in English, two pages max.) and a reference letter from your supervisor or employer, to Lisa Maddison at the IMBER International Project Office (Lisa.Maddison@imr.no) before 31 March 2016.

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A team of multidisciplinary experts from the natural and social sciences will share their perspectives and approaches to marine science. These include:

  • Ronaldo Angelini, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
  • Laurent Bopp, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE), France
  • Adriana Carvalho, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
  • Christopher Cvitanovic, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Beth Fulton, CSIRO, Australia
  • Maria Grazia Pennino, Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Spain
  • Priscila Lopes, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil 
  • Rashid Sumaila, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Paul Suprenand, Mote Marine Laboratory, USA
  • Ingrid van Putten, CSIRO and University of Tasmania, Australia

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Topics that will be covered during the summer school include:

Delineating the issues of climate change and impacts on marine ecosystems

  • Biogeochemical and oceanographic processes
  • Marine ecological processes
  • Overview of climate change processes and pressures on marine ecosystems
  • Impacts of climate and change in marine systems on society
  • Economic impacts of global change

Modelling approaches for different data from natural and social sciences

  • Overview of Earth system models
  • Ecopath, Ecosim and Ecospace
  • Global/regional socio-economic models
  • Modelling approaches (Bayesian and qualitative models)
  • Modelling approaches (Agent based and network models)

Spatial modeling

  • End-to-end models
  • Spatial modelling of ecosystem services (inVEST)
  • Coupling models

Indicators, data analysis methods and applied statistical techniques

  • Indicator basics
  • Social, economic and ecological indicators
  • Translation into decision criteria
  • Detecting trends, thresholds, non linearity and tipping points in data
  • Basic non parametric statistics (PCA – clusters, etc.)

Using science in management

  • The psychology of communication: what works and what doesn´t
  • Marine science communication
  • Engaging with policy and decision-makers
  • Social psychology and behavioural economics

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Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research project
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Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento
Institute of Marine Research, Norway
North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)
State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, China
Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research SCOR

VOCES: "Variability of Ocean Ecosystems Around South America" Cooperative Research Network funded by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research through the US National Science Foundation grant GEO-1128040

ANTARES: "Assessment of Marine Ecosystem Services at the Latin-American ANTARES Time Series Network ". Cooperative Research Network (CRN III 3094) funded by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research

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Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology
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 Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry (OCB)
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