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  Information - OS5/6 Open Session on Marine Biogeochemical Cycles and SOLAS (including Outstanding Young Scientist Lecture) (co-listed in BG)

Event Information
Attempts to predict the future global environment depend on a comprehensive understanding of how plankton biodiversity and biogeochemical cycling in the oceans affects the climate system, and of how changes in climate influence the structure and functional properties of oceanic ecosystems. Intensive ecological and biogeochemical field studies have been undertaken during the last two decades including lagrangian process studies, eulerian time-series stations, meridional transects and purposeful nutrient fertilizations. These field studies have been interpreted with the aid of a hierarchy of mathematical models which describe the contextual physical processes supplying the requisite organic and inorganic nutrients and the ecosystem structure and function. Also the observations through satellite ocean color images provided a basis for observing the basin-scale biological activities. This session invites contributions related to observations, experimental manipulations, predictive analyses and modelling studies of the biological, chemical, physical and geological processes involved in the marine biogeochemical cycles and the interactions between them.

Preliminary List of Solicited Speakers
Dr. Marion Gehlen
Le Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et l'Environnement (LSCE)

Dr. Gerhard Herndl
The Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)
Den Burg (Texel)


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