Workshop on Ocean Biology Observatories

Mestre, Italy
16-18 September 2009

 

Goal of Workshop: Bring together biologists, observing community, and technological community to develop ocean biology observatories that could address the grand challenges of observing ocean life and its response to global change.

Definition of an ocean biology observatory: The definition will be broad, including a sustained, integrated system from a broad range of platforms that can support existing and emerging technologies for observing marine life and its interaction with the ocean and broader Earth system.  The observatory components will include platforms, instrumentation, data management and analysis. Observatories could include fixed-point moorings (cabled or autonomous), animals as oceanographers, measurements from Volunteer Observing Ships, AUVs/ROVs/HOVs, drifters, CPRs, Ocean Tracking Network, satellites, among other platforms and technologies.

 

16 September (Wednesday)

   

9:00 a.m.

Workshop on Ocean Biology Observatories: Introduction – Alex Rogers

   

9:30 a.m.       

Plenary Session 1 (Moderator: Alex Rogers)

What parameters do we need to observe to understand the response of ocean biology to global change and the impacts of biological changes on the Earth system?  What collection of observations is needed?

   

9:30 a.m.       

Modeling and observations: Parameterization to data assimilation - Katja Fennel, Dalhousie University

   

10:15 a.m.

Modeling and observations: How do they interact (parameterization to data assimilation)? A fisheries perspective - Philippe Cury, IRD, France

   

11:00 a.m.   

Morning Break

   

11:30 a.m.    

Thresholds/tipping points/regime shifts/forecasting extreme events – Francisco Chavez, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

   

12:15 a.m.    

Introduction to Breakout Groups

   

12:45 p.m.    

Lunch

   

1:45 p.m. 

Breakout Session 1

   

3:30 p.m.  

Afternoon Break

   

4:00 p.m.   

Resume Breakout Session

   

6:00 p.m.   

Adjourn for the day

Reception and Poster Session at Hotel

   

17 September (Thursday)

   

9:00 a.m.       

Plenary Session 2

What are the global change issues that we need to address and the observational approaches required? – Skip McKinnell, PICES, Session Chair

   

9:00 a.m.       

Observational approaches to ocean acidification – Andrew Dickson, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

   

9:30 a.m. 

Observational approaches to oxygen depletion – Denis Gilbert, Fisheries & Oceans Canada

   

10:00 a.m.    

Observational approaches to community structure, from microbes to zooplankton – Kendra Daly, University of South Florida

   

10:30 a.m.    

Observational approaches to distribution and movement of marine organisms and changes in ocean properties – Barbara Block, Stanford University

   

11:00 a.m. 

Morning Break

   

11:30 a.m.    

Observational approaches to vertical movements of predators and prey in relation to physical/chemical structures – Martin Biuw, Norwegian Polar Institute

   

12:00 p.m. 

Observational approaches to changes in benthic dynamics – Paul Snelgrove, Memorial University

   

12:30  p.m.

A Southern Ocean physicist's perspective on biological observations – Steve Rintoul, CSIRO, Australia

   

1:00 p.m.       

Lunch

   

2:00 p.m.      

Breakout Session 2

   

4:00 p.m.       

Afternoon Break

   

4:30 p.m. 

Resume Breakout Session

   

6:00 p.m. 

Adjourn for the Day

   

18 September (Friday)

   

9:00 a.m.    

Plenary Panel discussion: John Gunn, moderator

   

10:00 a.m.

Reports back from yesterday’s breakout sessions

   

11:00 a.m.  

Morning Break

   

1:00 p.m.  

Lunch

   

1:30 p.m.

Breakout Session 3

   

3:30 p.m. 

Afternoon Break

   

4:00 p.m.  

Final Report Back from Breakout Groups

  1. Observational approaches to ocean acidification and oxygen depletion (Chair: John Volkman, Rapporteur: Scott Bainbridge)

  2. Observational approaches to community structure, from microbes to zooplankton (Chair: Bengt Karlson, Rapporteur: Rubens Lopes)

  3. Observational approaches to distribution and movement of marine organisms in relation to physical/chemical structures (Chair: Dan Costa, Rapporteur: Ron O’Dor)

  4. Observational approaches to changes in trophic structures (chair: Hans Paerl, Rapporteur: Bob Gisiner)

  5. Observational approaches to changes in benthic dynamics (Chair: Alex Rogers, Rapporteur: Kate Larkin)

   

5:30 p.m.    

Closing

  CPR Report for OceanObs'09

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