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Polar Marine Science
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The Gordon Research Conference series on Polar Marine Science provides an international forum for presentation and discussion of frontier research on the polar oceans. Each conference consists of a week of intense discussion and examination of the most advanced aspects of polar ocean research, allowing information and idea dissemination not readily achievable through the usual communication channels such as publications and presentations at large scientific meetings. The intent of this conference is to approach topics within the context of a long-term, integrated system. The focus is on the interaction between physical, chemical, biological processes at various scales within high latitude oceanic systems. This focus benefits greatly from an integration of different topical issues within each session. It also helps to avoid the balkanization into "physical" and "biological" segments at the expense of the desired interaction that so often happens at oceanographic meetings. Another important aspect of this conference is a bilateral treatment of the northern and southern high latitude oceans. The Arctic and the Antarctic are frequently treated in separate sessions at meetings. However, many of the processes, interactions and impacts with which we are concerned are common to both polar regions. A bipolar focus helps lead us to new insights into these processes.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Polar Marine Science" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2017 Polar Marine Science
Understanding Polar Ecosystem Change Through Time Series Observations, Technological Advances, and Biophysical Coupled Modeling
Mar 26-31 Ventura Beach Marriott Jacqueline M. Grebmeier
2015 Polar Marine Science
Polar Shelves and Shelf Break Exchange in Times of Rapid Climate Warming
Mar 15-20 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Paul Wassmann
2013 Polar Marine Science
Linking Polar Observations, Processes and Models at Regional and Global Scales
Mar 10-15 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Christine Michel
2011 Polar Marine Science
Exploring Complex Systems in Polar Marine Science
Mar 20-25 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Patricia L. Yager
2009 Polar Marine Science
Beyond IPY: Crossing Boundaries
Mar 15-20 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco David Thomas
2007 Polar Marine Science
An Interdisciplinary Look at Processes over Multiple Scales of Variability
Mar 25-30 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Kevin Arrigo
2005 Polar Marine Science Mar 13-18 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Christiane Lancelot
2003 Polar Marine Science Mar 16-21 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Robin D. Muench
2001 Polar Marine Science Mar 11-16 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Barbara Prezelin
1999 Polar Marine Science
Carbon and the Significance of Carbon Fluxes in Polar Seas
Mar 7-12 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Louis Legendre
1997 Sea Ice Ecology
Sea Ice Dynamics
Mar 2-7 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Stephen F. Ackley
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