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Ocean Biogeochemistry
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The discipline of biogeochemistry investigates the biologically-driven processes that determine the concentrations and fluxes of chemical elements in and between the different reservoirs of the Earth, i.e. the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. More specifically, ocean biogeochemistry focuses on biogeochemical processes between the atmosphere, the surface ocean including shelf and open-ocean waters, the ocean's interior and the seafloor. Ocean biogeochemistry is one of the fastest growing disciplines in ocean sciences.

The first GRC on Ocean Biogeochemistry investigated the biologically-driven ocean carbon pumps. Future conferences will address, over several years, the cycles of biogeochemically important elements such as C, Ca, Fe, N, O, P, S, and Si. These elements are involved in different aspects of life, the climate, carbon sequestration and other Earth system processes. The conference will consider the integration of studies on the past, present, and future ocean; explore observational, experimental, and modeling approaches; and address the coastal, oceanic, and deep environments in the water column, and the seafloor below. It will examine the roles of photosynthesis, chemosynthesis, and heterotrophy, and their environmental drivers; and discuss both fundamental questions and environmental problems of concern to society. The GRC on Ocean Biogeochemistry brings together students, postdocs, and researchers at different career stages. It provides a unique, international forum for the development of ocean biogeochemistry, and is a cradle for novel ideas.

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Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.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 "Ocean Biogeochemistry" 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)
2018 Ocean Biogeochemistry
Biogeochemistry of Marine Interfaces
Jul 8-13 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Louis Legendre
Sylvia Sander
2016 Ocean Biogeochemistry
The Biologically-Driven Ocean Carbon Pumps
Jun 12-17 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Nianzhi Jiao
Eileen E. Hofmann
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