PICES/GLOBEC Symposium on
Climate variability and ecosystem impacts on the North Pacific:
A basin-scale synthesis


General Information

Atmospheric forcing, ocean structure, and ecosystem structure and population dynamics vary on many spatial and temporal scales. Dominant temporal scales are diel, seasonal, interannual and longer. In the past ten to fifteen years, marine scientists have begun to document evidence that basin-wide or large-scale changes might be significant forcing for decadal to millennium-scale changes in marine ecosystems. In 1994, the PICES Climate Change and Carrying Capacity (CCCC) Program, a regional program of the IGBP/SCOR/IOC GLOBEC International, was developed to provide a framework for examining climate-ecosystem linkages, mostly on regional scales, but with plans for broader-scale, basin-wide synthesis, in the North Pacific.

The primary scientific objective of this symposium is to present a synthesis of the effects of seasonal to multi-decadal variability on the structure and function of the North Pacific that goes beyond the analysis and understanding developed from studies of a single trophic level, process or region-a True Synthesis.

Dates and Venue

The symposium will be held April 19-21, 2006, at the Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu, U.S.A.

Symposium Structure

The symposium will have a combination of plenary oral sessions and posters. Keynote speakers will provide 35-minute overviews and challenges for each science theme. Contributed papers that are accepted will be 25 minutes in length. Posters will be on display from April 19 (a.m.) - April 21 (1 p.m.), and poster-only time will be provided for discussion with authors.

November 4, 2005 Early Registration and Abstract Submission
November 13, 2005 Financial Support Application (EXTENDED)
January 4, 2006 Notification of Abstract Acceptance
January 4, 2006 Notification of Financial Support Grant

Official language

The official language of the symposium will be English.

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