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n°57 - November 2012

IMBER news

  • Mark your calendar! The IMBER Open Science Conference will be held on 23-27 June 2014 in Bergen, Norway
    FUTURE OCEANS - Research for marine sustainability: multiple stressors, drivers, challenges and solutions
    IMBER Open Science Conference
    Contact: imber@imr.no
  • Two new IMBER endorsed projects: MERMEX and AMT
    MERMEX: Marine Ecosystems Response in the Mediterranean Experiment
    MerMex focuses on understanding the effects of key natural and anthropogenic forcings on marine ecosystems and organisms in Mediterranean Sea. 
    During the next five years, MERMEX will investigate:
    • How changes in stratification and destratification mechanisms, and in the overall thermohaline circulation, will alter the spatio-temporal distribution of nutrients and their budgets.
    • How likely changes in nutrient input will affect nutrient availability in the photic layer of the Mediterranean Sea, and consequently the relative abundance of primary producers and higher trophic levels.
    • The sources and sinks of chemical contaminants (e.g., atmosphere versus rivers) and seasonal variations.
    • The role of the land-sea boundary (rivers, large cities, groundwater discharge) in the material balance of the Mediterranean Sea (carbon, nutrient, contaminants).
    • Whether changes in the frequency or magnitude of extreme events lead to the dispersion or dilution of carbon, nutrients and pollutants or, result in their accumulation in specific compartments.
    • The actual rate of change of temperature, pH and light radiation in the Mediterranean Sea and the effect of these on the functioning of pelagic and benthic Mediterranean ecosystems.
    • Whether, as a result of surface seawater warming, nanophytoplankton and jellyfish will come to dominate the planktonic community of the pelagic ecosystem, as suggested by several recent studies?
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  • AMT: Atlantic Meridional Transect
    The Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) programme undertakes biological, chemical and physical oceanographic research during an annual cruise between the UK and destinations in the South Atlantic. The transect crosses ecosystems ranging from sub-polar to tropical and from euphotic shelf seas and upwelling systems to oligotrophic mid-ocean gyres. AMT is the longest running Atlantic Ocean-based programme that makes repeat measurements of core parameters and informs on trends and variability in biodiversity and function of the Atlantic ecosystem. It has provided an in-situ observation system for the Atlantic Ocean between ~50°N and ~50°S since 1995 and has provided the longest time series of data on basin scales. This unique spatially extensive decadal dataset continues to be deposited and made available to the wider community through the British Oceanographic Data Centre (http://www.bodc.ac.uk/projects/uk/amt/). The programme is hosted by Plymouth Marine Laboratory (http://www.pml.ac.uk/) in collaboration with the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (http://noc.ac.uk/) and provides an exceptional opportunity for nationally and internationally driven collaborative endeavours. An integral part of the AMT is to provide a training arena for the next generation of oceanographers. This aim has been enhanced recently through the development of the POGO-AMT fellowship programme (http://ocean-partners.org/) which supports the participation of students or early career professionals from developing nations. Participants in this fellowship programme benefit from working alongside experienced researchers in the development of research skills, the formation of collaborative links and capacity building for their home institutes and countries.
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  • SCOR seeks Ocean Scientists from both developed and developing countries to teach short term courses in developing countries in 2013.  Call for 2013 SCOR Visiting Scholars 
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IMBER relevant meetings

Oceans and Society: Blue Planet Symposium 19-21 November 2012 Ilhabela, São Paulo State, Brazil Registration is closed
3rd International Symposium on Environmental Problems 29 November - 3 December 2012 Okinawa, Japan Full paper submission: 30 October 2012
One day symposium on Ocean acidification - the state of the Baltic Sea and the Kattegat-Skagerrak 30 November 2012 Gothenburg, Sweden Registration deadline: 16 November 2012
Annual International Conference on Geological & Earth Sciences 3-4 December 2012 Singapore Registration is closed.
2012 AGU Fall Meeting 3-7 December 2012 San Francisco, CA, USA Abstract submission is closed.
Registration is open
Forum on the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) 7 December 2012 San Francisco, USA Registration is open
International Symposium on Arctic Research 15-17 January 2013 Tokyo, Japan Presenters registration deadline: 20 November 2012
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 21-23 January 2013 New Orleans, LA, USA Registration deadline: 11 January 2013
4th North American Carbon Program All-Investigators Meeting 4-7 February 2013 Albuquerque, NM, USA Breakout topic proposals & abstracts for talks submission are closed.
ASLO 2013 Aquatic Sciences Meeting 17-22 February 2013 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Deadline for abstract submission/early registration: 5 October 2012
28th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium - Responses of Arctic Marine Ecosystems to Climate Change  26-29 March 2013 Hotel Captain Cook Anchorage, Alaska Online registration is open
Abstract submission deadline: 30 November 2012
Holocene Climate Change Meeting 4-5 April 2013 London, UK Abstract submission is closed
First International Ocean Colour Science (IOCS) Meeting 6-8 May 2013 Darmstadt, Germany Online registration is open
Abstract submission deadline: 15 February 2013 
International Conference on Arctic Ocean Acidification 6-8 May 2013 Bergen, Norway Pre-registration is open
Abstract submission deadline: 1 January 2013 
9th International Carbon Dioxide Conference (ICDC9) 3-7 June 2013 Beijing, China Deadline for abstract submission: 1 February 2013
2013 OCB Summer Workshop 22-25 July 2013 Woods Hole, MA, USA Website and online registration are not available yet
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IMBER relevant publications

  • Astthorsson, O.S., H. Valdimarsson, A. Gudmundsdottir and G.J. Óskarsson. 2012. Climate-related variations in the occurrence and distribution of mackerel (Scomber scombrus) in Icelandic waters. ICES J. Mar. Sci. (2012) 69(7): 1289-1297 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fss084.
  • Brown, Z.W. and K.R. Arrigo. 2012. Contrasting trends in sea ice and primary production in the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean. ICES J. Mar. Sci. (2012) 69(7): 1180-1193 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fss113.
  • Criddle, K.R. 2012. Adaptation and maladaptation: factors that influence the resilience of four Alaskan fisheries governed by durable entitlements. ICES J. Mar. Sci. (2012) 69(7): 1168-1179 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fss085. 
  • Dalpadado, P., R.B. Ingvaldsen, L.C. Stige, B. Bogstad, T. Knutsen, G. Ottersen, and B. Ellertsen. 2012. Climate effects on Barents Sea ecosystem dynamics. ICES J. Mar. Sci. (2012) 69(7): 1303-1316 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fss063.
  • Drinkwater, K.F., G.L. Hunt, Jr, O.S. Astthorsson, and E.J.Head. 2012. Comparative studies of climate effects on polar and subpolar ocean ecosystems, progress in observation and prediction: an introduction. ICES J. Mar. Sci. (2012) 69(7): 1120-1122 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fss126
  • Gislason, A. and T. Silva. 2012. Abundance, composition, and development of zooplankton in the Subarctic Iceland Sea in 2006, 2007, and 2008. ICES J. Mar. Sci. (2012) 69(7): 1263-1276 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fss070. 
  • Haynie, Alan C. and L. Pfeiffer. 2012. Why economics matters for understanding the effects of climate change on fisheries. ICES J. Mar. Sci. (2012) 69(7): 1160-1167 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fss021
  • Hirawake, T., K. Shinmyo, A. Fujiwara, and S. Saitoh. 2012. Satellite remote sensing of primary productivity in the Bering and Chukchi Seas using an absorption-based approach. ICES J. Mar. Sci. (2012) 69(7): 1194-1204 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fss111
  • Jónsson, S. and H. Valdimarsson. 2012. Hydrography and circulation over the southern part of the Kolbeinsey Ridge. ICES J. Mar. Sci. (2012) 69(7): 1255-1262 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fss101. 
  • Kim, S.T. 2012. A review of the Sea of Okhotsk ecosystem response to the climate with special emphasis on fish populations. ICES J. Mar. Sci. (2012) 69(7): 1123-1133 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fss107. 
  • Kim, S., S. Kang, C. Zhang, H. Seo, M. Kang, and J.J. Kim. 2012. Comparison of fisheries yield and oceanographic features at the southern boundaries of the western and eastern Subarctic Pacific Ocean. ICES J. Mar. Sci. (2012) 69(7): 1141-1147 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fss054.
  • Makino, M. and Y. Sakurai. 2012. Adaptation to climate-change effects on fisheries in the Shiretoko World Natural Heritage area, Japan. ICES J. Mar. Sci. (2012) 69(7): 1134-1140 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fss098.
  • Matsuno, K., A.Yamaguchi, and I. Imai. 2012. Biomass size spectra of mesozooplankton in the Chukchi Sea during the summers of 1991/1992 and 2007/2008: an analysis using optical plankton counter data. ICES J. Mar. Sci. (2012) 69(7): 1205-1217 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fss119.
  • Pálsson, Ó.K., A. Gislason, H.G. Guðfinnsson, B. Gunnarsson, S.R. Ólafsdóttir, H. Petursdottir, S. Sveinbjörnsson, K. Thorisson, and H. Valdimarsson. 2012. Ecosystem structure in the Iceland Sea and recent changes to the capelin (Mallotus villosus) population. ICES J. Mar. Sci. (2012) 69(7): 1242-1254 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fss071.
  • Petursdottir, H., S. Falk-Petersen, and A. Gislason. 2012. Trophic interactions of meso- and macrozooplankton and fish in the Iceland Sea as evaluated by fatty acid and stable isotope analysis. ICES J. Mar. Sci. (2012) 69(7): 1277-1288 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fss125.
  • Pfeiffer, L. and A.C. Haynie. 2012. The effect of decreasing seasonal sea-ice cover on the winter Bering Sea pollock fishery. ICES J. Mar. Sci. (2012) 69(7): 1148-1159 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fss097. 
  • Santora, J.A., W.J. Sydeman, I.D. Schroeder, C.S. Reiss, B.K. Wells, J.C. Field, A.M. Cossio, and V.J. Loeb. 2012. Krill space: a comparative assessment of mesoscale structuring in polar and temperate marine ecosystems. ICES J. Mar. Sci. (2012) 69(7): 1317-1327 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fss048. 
  • Vikebø, F.B., A. Korosov, E.K. Stenevik, Å. Husebø, and A. Slotte. 2012. Spatio-temporal overlap of hatching in Norwegian spring-spawning herring and the spring phytoplankton bloom at available spawning substrata. ICES J. Mar. Sci. (2012) 69(7): 1298-1302 doi:10.1093/icesjms/fss083. 
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Funding and collaborative opportunities

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Early career scientist opportunities

  • 6th New Zealand Ocean Acidification workshop (7-8 February 2013, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand)
    Theme: Southern contributions to a second decade of OA research
    Abstract submission deadline: 27 November 2012. 
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  • MSc and PhD scholarships available for Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Research. 
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  • The EuroMarine Training Catalogue - a database of degree programmes and training courses in marine sciences. 
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  • InterRidge Cruise Travel Bursaries - up to $2 000 to facilitate cruise participation
    Application deadline: 31 December 2012
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  • Postdoc - High-elevation and Coastal Biodiversity and Climate Change - School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, Canada
    Application deadline: 12 December 2012
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  • Postdoc and other positions - Observing, understanding and predicting change in the ocean - Oceanography Department, Dalhousie University, Canada
    Application deadline: 12 December 2012
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  • Research faculty and PhD Fellowship opportunities in Chemical Oceanography and Biogeochemistry at the State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
    Open until filled.
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  • Postdoc - Ecology and diversity of planktonic protists, Laboratory of Oceanography and Geosciences, LOG- UMR, 8187, Wimereux, France
    Application deadline: 25 November 2012
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  • Post-doc position in Physical Oceanography (numerical modelling), Department of Marine Science and Fisheries, College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University
    Open until filled.
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  • Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Marine Microbial Ecology, Department of Life Sciences, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
    Application deadline: 30 November 2012
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  • NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows
    Application deadline: 3 December 2012
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  • Assistant/Associate Professor in heavy isotope geochemistry at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
    Application deadline: 15 December 2012
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  • Tenure-track position in physical oceanography and/or marine biogeochemistry, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic sciences, University of California, Los Angeles
    Application deadline: 15 December 2012
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  • Post-doc opportunity in Ocean Acidification at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
    Application deadline: 15 January 2013
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  • Post-doc position at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    Open until filled.
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  • Post-doc position at the Old Dominion University
    Open until filled.
    More info... 
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Useful links

  • The updated "Frequently Asked Questions about Ocean Acidification" document is now available at www.whoi.edu/OCB-OA/FAQs. A PDF version is available for download that includes "intermediate" level answers, targeted at readers with a broad scientific background, but who do not have specialized knowledge. The website also includes basic and advanced answers to most questions, designed for the general public and for people wishing to delve into details, respectively.
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Meetings / Conferences / Workshops

ESSAS Annual Science and SSC Meetings
2nd CLIOTOP Symposium

Certainty of change in pelagic systems – detection, attribution, prediction and adaptation