PICES 13th Annual Meeting
Scientific Program
The Keynote Lecture at the Opening Session will be given by Dr. Jeffrey J. Polovina (Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S.A.), titled "Send out the turtle fleet!".

S1: Science Board Symposium (0.75 day)
Beyond the continental slope - complexity and variability in the open North Pacific Ocean

Co-Convenors: R. Ian Perry (SB), Vladimir I. Radchenko (BIO), Yukimasa Ishida (FIS), John E. Stein (MEQ), Kuh Kim (POC), Igor I. Shevchenko (TCODE), and Harold P. Batchelder and Suam Kim (CCCC)

Most of the area of the North Pacific Ocean is in the pelagic realm, beyond the major currents and marginal seas that border the continents. This oceanic region has often been perceived as physically homogeneous and stable with low biological productivity. In reality, it is a spatially and temporally dynamic environment of high complexity. The diversity and structure of open ocean ecosystems are influenced by both horizontal and vertical structure of the ocean's physical and biological properties and by their seasonal cycles. Sharp contrasts in oceanic bottom topography caused by seamounts and islands add additional structure and complexity. In spite of its relatively low primary productivity, the region supports complex ecosystems with high biodiversity, and is home to many endangered species. Marine resources are important to the peoples of the North Pacific and are fished by fleets from many Pacific Rim nations. This session seeks to improve our understanding of the physical, chemical and biological structure and dynamics of North Pacific oceanic waters far beyond the continental shelf, with particular emphasis on the subtropical gyre. The symposium will consider how these complex subtropical oceanic ecosystems are structured and maintained, in light of their generally low productivity. It will provide opportunities to compare and contrast these areas with neighbouring regions of higher productivity. How important are small and meso-scale features, such as fronts and eddies, to the growth, survival and distribution of upper trophic level species? How do ecosystems in the open ocean respond to changes in vertical and horizontal structure? How have sub-tropical waters been affected by recent global changes? What are the major factors causing changes to open ocean ecosystems, particularly in the sub-tropics? What are the physical and biological links between the subtropical gyre and other regions of the North Pacific? What are the human interactions with these systems?

Invited speakers:
Denzo Inagake (National Research Institute of Far Seas Fisheries, Japan) - Relation between tuna resources and atmospheric-oceanic variability in the North Pacific
Michael P. Seki (Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S.A.) - Processes and patterns at oceanic "hot spots" in the subtropical North Pacific

S2: BIO Topic Session (1 day)
Mechanisms that regulate North Pacific ecosystems: Bottom up, top down, or something else?

Co-Convenors: Douglas DeMaster, George L. Hunt, Jr. (U.S.A.), Michio J. Kishi (Japan), Jeffrey M. Napp (U.S.A.) and Andrew Trites (Canada)

S3: BIO Topic Session (1/2 day)
Role of gelatinous zooplankton in coastal and oceanic ecosystems

Co-Convenors: Richard D. Brodeur (U.S.A.) and Jun Nishikawa (Japan)

S4: FIS/BIO Topic Session (1 day)
Hot spots and their use by migratory species and top predators in the North Pacific

Co-convenors: Churchill B. Grimes (U.S.A.), Yukimasa Ishida, Hidehiro Kato (Japan) and William J. Sydeman (U.S.A.)

S5: MEQ Topic Session (1 day, co-sponsored by ICES)
Introduction of marine species

Co-Convenors: William P. Cochlan (U.S.A./PICES), Stephan Gollash (Germany/ICES) and Yasuwo Fukuyo (Japan/PICES)

S6: MEQ Topic Session (1/2 day)
Marine protected areas

Co-Convenors: Glen Jamieson (Canada) and Qiu-Lin Zhou (China)

S7: POC/MONITOR Topic Session (1 day, co-sponsored by Argo)
Application of global observing systems to physics, fisheries, and ecosystems

Co-Convenors: Michael G. Foreman (Canada), Vyacheslav B. Lobanov (Russia), Phillip R. Mundy (U.S.A.) and Sei-Ichi Saitoh (Japan)

S8: POC Topic Session (1 day, co-sponsored by the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project)
The impacts of climate change on the carbon cycle in the North Pacific

Co-Convenors: Paul J. Harrison (Canada), Kitack Lee (Korea) and Christopher L. Sabine (U.S.A.)

S9: CCCC Topic Session (1 1/2 day)
The impacts of large-scale climate change on North Pacific marine ecosystems

Co-Convenors: Harold P. Batchelder (U.S.A.), William R. Crawford (Canada), Michael J. Dagg (U.S.A.), Suam Kim (Korea) and Ji-Lan Su (China)

S10: CCCC/MODEL Topic Session (1/2 day)
Modeling approaches that integrate multiple spatial scales and trophic levels between shelf and open oceans

Co-Convenors: Shin-ichi Ito, Michio J. Kishi (Japan), Bernard A. Megrey and Francisco E. Werner (U.S.A)

S11: TCODE Electronic Poster Session
Data visualization of open ocean processes in the North Pacific

Co-Convenors: Mark Merrifield, Thomas C. Royer (U.S.A.) and Igor Shevchenko (Russia)

BIO Paper Session (1/2 day)
Convenor: Vladimir I. Radchenko (Russia)

FIS Paper Session (1/2 day)
Convenor: Yukimasa Ishida (Japan)

W1: CCCC Workshop (1-day MIE-AP Workshop & Meeting)
Micronekton sampling gear intercalibration experiment

Co-Convenors: Michael P. Seki (U.S.A.) and Evgeny Pakhomov (Canada)

W2: CCCC/REX Workshop (1 day)
The seasonal cycle of plankton production in continental shelf waters around the Pacific Rim

Co-Convenors: Kaoru Nakata (Japan) and William T. Peterson (U.S.A.)

W3: CCCC Workshop (2 days)
Linking open ocean and coastal ecosystems II

Co-Convenors: Kerim Aydin (U.S.A.), Shin-ichi Ito (Japan), Jin-Yeong Kim (Korea), Gordon A. McFarlane (Canada) and Akihiko Yatsu (Japan)

W4: PICES/CLIVAR Workshop(2 days)
Scale interactions of climate and marine ecosystems

Convenors: Richard Beamish (Canada/PICES), Kuh Kim (Korea/PICES), Kelvin Richards (U.S.A./CLIVAR) and Ichiro Yasuda (Japan)

W5: MEQ Workshop (1 day, co-sponsored by IOC)
Developing a North Pacific HAB data resource II

Co-Convenors: Henrik Enevoldsen (IOC Secretariat), Hak-Gyoon Kim (Korea) and Vera Trainer (U.S.A.)

W6: MBM-AP Workshop (1/2 day)
Combining data sets on diets of marine birds and mammals II

Co-Convenors: Hidehiro Kato (Japan) and William J. Sydeman (U.S.A.)

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