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Coming CARBOOCEAN IP conferences

CARBOOCEAN final meeting at Solstrand, Norway

The meeting will take place at the Solstand Hotel near Bergen during 5.-9.October 2009 ( Further information will be announced. There will be a convention where companies are welcome to attend - for further information please contact Andrea Volbers (

2009 ASLO Aquatic Sciences meeting to be held in Nice, France

ASLO will organize a single meeting in 2009. It will take place in Nice,  France, 25-30 January 2009. The meeting web site is now live:

The 117 topical and general sessions cover a very large range of topics  and disciplines. The deadline for abstract submission is 3 October.
Rooms are available for splinter meetings.

CARBOOCEAN forth annual meeting

Please December 8th - 12th for the 4th CARBOOCEAN annual meeting! We have reserved housing+conference facilities in a small village outside Paris which allows all CARBOOCEAN members to stay and meet in the same place:

We will have a plenary meeting room and some extra rooms for the break-out sessions during one of the days. If you need additional rooms during the meeting and/or prior to the meeting to hold a CARBOOCEAN-related workshop of any kind, please let me know as soon as possible in order to check availability and rates.
8th International Carbon Dioxid Conference in September 2009 in Jena, Germany
The format of the conference will consist of a main line of invited and
selected plenary presentations covering all fields of global carbon
cycle research. Several extended poster sessions and a few parallel
sessions on specific topics will complement the plenary.

Participants will be asked to submit an extended abstract, which will be
compiled into an electronic abstract volume prior to the conference and
made available to all participants. Proceedings will be published as
refereed papers in a special volume of "Tellus" after the conference.

A First Announcement and Call For Papers will be distributed and posted
on the website in the near future, including a conference
timeline as well as information on registration and accommodations.

A special session on processes of the deep ocean is being convened at the 2009 ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting, in Nice, France, Jan 25-30.  If you have questions, please contact the session organizers.

The Dark Ocean: Changing Paradigms in a Changing Ocean

 The dark ocean is, in terms of volume, the largest yet least known oceanic subsystem. Traditionally, this vast volume of the ocean has been considered almost barren of life and of low overall biogeochemical activity. Over the past 10 years, however, physical oceanographers and geochemists have increasingly reported variations and changes in the formation and hydrodynamics of the deep-water masses linked to signs of global change. An increase in temperature in the deep-water masses has been noticed for the Atlantic as well as the Pacific and the invasion of anthropogenic carbon dioxide occurs deep into the Atlantic. Recent methodological advances ranging from cabled networks and autonomous sensor systems to genomics have resulted in more detailed information on the biogeochemistry and biology of the ocean’s interior. Novel metabolic pathways of prokaryotes have been discovered, and the geochemical estimates of element cycles in the deep-ocean have been compared to actual rate measurements on deep-sea communities and to the genomic inventory of microbes. Taken together, the emerging view is that the deep ocean is more dynamic and harbors a more complex biogeochemistry and biota than assumed hitherto. This session invites contributions from all field of deep-water oceanography, ranging from large-scale water mass transport to (bio)geochemistry and biology.

Special session on organic matter export at the 2009 ASLO Aquatic Sciences meeting to be held in Nice, France, between Jan 25-30

The session will cover both present-day studies and models of future conditions and mechanisms. The session abstract can be found below (check for abstract due date when it is available). If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact any of us. We hope to see everyone in Nice!


Organic matter export in the ocean, now and in the future

Anja Engel(
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany

Cindy Lee (
School of Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, USA

Madeleine Goutx (
Centre d’Océanologie de Marseille, Laboratoire de Microbiologie Marine, Marseille Cedex 9, France

Robert Armstrong (
School of Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, USA

Quantifying carbon fluxes from the surface to the ocean’s interior and sediments, and understanding the underlying mechanisms that drive these fluxes, are both essential for evaluating the ocean’s role in the sequestration of atmospheric CO2, and for predicting global change. Over the last few decades, information on rates and efficiencies of organic matter export in the ocean has increased greatly. New insights into mechanisms determining export processes, stoichiometric rain ratios of particles, particle settling rates, fragmentation and decomposition of sinking particles, and microbiology of particles have been obtained. Several hypotheses have been proposed that emphasize a tight coupling between biological processes and export efficiency, e.g. ballasting and protection of organic matter by biogenic minerals, gel particle formation and enhancement of aggregation dynamics, and possible key roles of phyto- and zooplankton functional groups. There is increasing awareness that global environmental changes such as ocean acidification, rising sea surface temperature, increased stratification, and altered dust input may affect particle composition and dynamics, with potentially important consequences for export processes and rates. This session invites submission of results of experimental, field, and modelling studies that aim to improve the understanding and prediction of organic matter export processes in the present and future ocean.

Meeting announcement on oceans in high CO2 world

the symposium will be held in Monaco on 6-8 October 2008. For more information see.

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