Oct 2–5, IMBIZO-5
Marine biosphere research for a sustainable ocean: Linking ecosystems, future states and resource management
Place: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA
Sponsors/Organizers: IMBeR, PICES...

Sep 22 – Oct 1, PICES-2017 Annual Meeting
Environmental Changes in the North Pacific and Impacts on Biological Resources and Ecosystem Services
Place: Vladivostok, Russia
Sponsors/Organizers: PICES


March 12-16, Symposium 2018
Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC)
PICES/MoE Session: "The risks of marine debris mega-pulse events: Lessons from the 2011 Great Japan Tsunami"

Place: San Diego, CA, USA
Sponsors/Organizers: NOAA and UN Environment, PICES, Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MoE)

April 24-26, Symposium 2018
International Symposium
Understanding Changes in Transitional Areas of the Pacific

Place: La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Sponsors/Organizers: PICES, CIBNOR, CICIMAR

June 4-8, Symposium 2018
4th International Symposium
The Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans

Place: Washington DC, USA
Sponsors/Organizers: ICES, PICES, IOC, NOAA Fisheries

Oct 25 - Nov. 4, PICES-2018 Annual Meeting
Toward integrated understanding of ecosystem variability in the North Pacific
Place: Yokohama, Japan
Sponsors/Organizers: PICES

The North Pacific marine ecosystem is an assemblage of many local marine ecosystems characterized by regional-specific environmental conditions and biological structures. The status of regional ecosystems is subject to the influence of local changes in various factors as well as interactions with adjacent local marine ecosystems and modifications by basin-scale processes. In recent decades, changes attributable to the influence of global warming have become more apparent, including extreme events in the atmosphere and the ocean that threaten marine ecosystems. Climate projections show monotonic increases in ocean warming and increased frequency of extreme events, such as marine heat waves. Measures to mitigate climate change and to achieve sustainable use of marine resources are integral to the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Adaptation to present and anticipated marine ecosystem change is essential to enable humans to use ecosystem services in a sustainable manner. Consequently, policy makers need information about the status of regional marine ecosystems and forecasts of how they will change. Meeting that need requires information based on an integrated understanding of ecosystem variability in the North Pacific.

We encourage submission of papers on mechanisms of ecosystem responses to natural and anthropogenic forcing across the spectrum of time and space scales in the North Pacific, as well as monitoring, retrospective analysis, and forecasting ecosystem variability. In particular, papers that characterize variability in each regional ecosystem and link them to basin and global scales are welcome. Anticipated changes in North Pacific marine ecosystems include changing water temperature and upwelling intensity, increased occurrence of hypoxia, harmful algal blooms, and ocean acidification, as well as broader impacts from pollutants and contaminants, coastal development, and fishing. In addition, papers are encouraged on strategic options to forestall, mitigate, or adapt to ecosystem change. Examination of interactions among regional marine ecosystems and relationships between regional and basin-scale ecosystem variability will provide an improved understanding of marine ecosystem structure and function in the North Pacific in the face of climate change.

Submit proposals here

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