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Polar Marine Science
Linking Polar Observations, Processes and Models at Regional and Global Scales
March 10-15, 2013
Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA
Chair:
Christine Michel

Vice Chair:
Paul Wassmann

Related Meeting Information
The Polar Marine Science Gordon Research Conference was held in conjunction with the Polar Marine Science Gordon Research Seminar. Please refer to the Polar Marine Science GRS web page for more information.

Following the tradition of excellence of the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) Series, the 2013 GRC on Polar Marine Science "Linking polar observations, processes and models at regional and global scales" will bring together leading investigators in Arctic and Antarctic marine research to present and discuss cutting edge interdisciplinary polar science. The unique GRC format, with invited conferences followed by discussion periods and interactive poster sessions, provides an avenue for scientists from different disciplines to brainstorm and promotes cross-disciplinary collaborations in the various research areas represented. Aside from scientific excellence, creative and open scientific exchanges and an unparalleled learning platform are hallmarks of the Gordon Research Conference Series.

As dynamic and thermodynamic processes associated with warming trends are impacting sea ice cover, oceanographic processes and atmosphere-ocean interactions across polar regions at unprecedented rate, observations and models show fundamentally different regional ecosystem responses. The non-linear and multi-directional biogeochemical responses of polar systems to atmospheric and oceanographic forcings emphasize the need to consider and reconcile observations and models at global and regional scales. The 9th GRC on Polar Marine Science will discuss recent developments and challenges emerging from contemporary and paleo-climate observations and models, encompassing regional and global scales. The GRC addresses the structure, functionalities and controls of polar marine systems through topics such as sea ice biogeochemistry, atmosphere-ocean forcings and interactions, food web trophodynamics, carbon and elemental cycling and fluxes, and a spectrum of ecological processes and interactions.

The GRC on Polar Marine Science will be preceded by a Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) which provides a forum for graduate students and postdoctoral scientists to present their work, discuss cutting edge aspects of their research, and build collaborative relationships with their colleagues and established scientists, at a critical time in their careers. Financial support will be offered in priority to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows attending both the GRC and the preceding GRS.


Contributors

SUNDAY
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmThe Global Picture: Large-Scale Atmosphere-Ocean-Sea Ice Interactions
7:40 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion Leader: James Overland (NOAA)
7:50 pm - 8:30 pmEric Steig (University of Washington)
"Atmospheric circulation changes over the high latitude South Pacific and their relevance to the future of the West Antarctic ice sheet"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:20 pmJinPing Zhao (Ocean University of China)
"Influence of changing Arctic sea ice and upper ocean on the global effects of Arctic Oscillation"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmLinking Sea Ice-Ocean Observations and Models: Regional Couplings and Feedbacks
9:00 am - 9:10 amDiscussion Leader: David Barber (University of Manitoba)
9:10 am - 9:50 amPeter Winsor (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
"Autonomous real-time observations of an Arctic shelf system - coupling small scales pieces to the large climate puzzle"
9:50 am - 10:05 amDiscussion
10:05 amCoffee Break
10:35 am - 11:15 amSharon Stammerjohn (University of Colorado)
"The many riddles of Antarctic sea ice that thwart model projections"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmWieslaw Maslowski (Naval Postgraduate School)
"Modeling the Arctic System at a Process Scale: Progress and Data Requirements"
12:10 pm - 12:25 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmFrom Within: Why Do Microscale Processes Matter?
7:30 pm - 7:40 pm Discussion Leader: Søren Rysgaard (Greenland Institute of Natural Resources)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmNicole Jeffery (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
"How Sea Ice Microstructure Supports Ice Algae"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmColin Stedmon (Technical University of Denmark)
"Conservative and non conservative behavior of DOM in polar environments: insight into macro and micro scale processes"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmLinking Bio-Physical Processes and Observations at Regional and Global Scales
9:00 am - 9:10 amDiscussion Leader: Jacqueline Grebmeier (University of Maryland)
9:10 am - 9:50 amEji Watanabe (JAMSTEC)
"Arctic modeling study on bio-physical hot spots along the pathway of Pacific water"
9:50 am - 10:05 amDiscussion
10:05 amCoffee Break
10:35 am - 11:15 amMarit Reigstad (University of Tromsø)
"What is in the zooplankton box? Challenges for regional downscaling of ecosystem functions and flows"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmJean-Éric Tremblay (Laval University)
"A 'nested scales' approach to environmental and biological drivers of marine productivity in the Arctic and beyond"
12:10 pm - 12:25 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmFrom the Top: The Role of Upper Trophic Predators in Polar Marine Ecosystems
7:30 pm - 7:40 pm Discussion Leader: Nina Karnovsky (Ponoma College)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmSue Moore (NOAA)
"Marine Mammals and Sea Ice Loss in the Pacific Arctic Region: tracking ecosystem responses to the 'New Normal'"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmYutaka Watanuki (Hokkaido University)
"Can seabirds be useful as an indicator of human and climate impacts on high sea ecosystem?"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmLinking Ecological Responses and Models from Contemporary Observations
9:00 am - 9:10 amDiscussion Leader: Martin Vancoppenolle (Université Catholique de Louvain)
9:10 am - 9:50 amAlexandre Forest (Laval University)
"Carbon fluxes in Arctic marine ecosystems: an attempt to reconcile biogeochemistry with food web energetics through ecosystem-level analyses and modelling"
9:50 am - 10:05 amDiscussion
10:05 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amHugh Ducklow (Marine Biological Laboratory)
"The Changing Marine Ecosystem of the Western Antarctic Peninsula"
11:10 am - 11:25 amDiscussion
11:25 am - 12:05 pmEkaterina Popova (University of Southampton)
"Arctic ecosystems in global circulation models: how are they different from the other areas and what information do we have to validate global models in Arctic?"
12:05 pm - 12:20 pmDiscussion
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmMarie Seguret (Rutgers University) & Paul Wassmann (University of Tromsø)
"Poster Session A: Summary & Best Poster Presentation"
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmLinking Environmental Changes and Models from Paleo and Recent Tracers
7:30 pm - 7:40 pm Discussion Leader: Martin Jakobsson (Stockholm University)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmNina Kirchner (Stockholm University)
"The dynamics of marine ice margins: What can we learn from paleo-proxies and numerical ice models"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmClaude Hillaire-Marcel (GEOTOP-UQAM)
"Arctic sea-ice in the paleoclimate system... with an isotopic bias"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmBiochemical Responses and Feedbacks to the Climate System
9:00 am - 9:10 amDiscussion Leader: Leif Anderson (University of Gothenburg)
9:10 am - 9:50 amJeremy Mathis (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
"Ocean Acidification and the Suppression of Carbonate Mineral Saturation States in the Pacific-Arctic Region"
9:50 am - 10:05 amDiscussion
10:05 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amJacqueline Stefels (University of Groningen)
"Dynamics of DMS, DMSP and DMSO in sea ice across the Weddell Sea"
11:10 am - 11:25 amDiscussion
11:25 am - 12:05 pmBruno Dellile (Université de Liège)
"From the release of CH4 by sub-sea permafrost to the oceanic sink of CO2: the role of sea ice in the fate of greenhouse gases in polar oceans"
12:05 pm - 12:20 pmDiscussion
12:20 pm - 12:30 pmJeff Bowman (University of Washington) & Maria Gavrilo (Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute)
"Poster Session B: Summary and Best Poster Presentations"
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmChanging Polar Marine Systems: Challenges, Opportunities and Future Outlook
7:30 pm - 7:40 pm Discussion Leader: Kenneth Drinkwater (Institute of Marine Research)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmDavid Ainley (H.T. Harvey & Associates)
"Alteration of coastal Southern Ocean food webs: exploitation and climate change"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmMonika Kedra (Chesapeake Biological Laboratory)
"Changing Arctic marine ecosystems - a benthic perspective"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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