Arctic Frontiers 2017

Arctic in Rapid Transition co-hosts Arctic Frontiers 2017

Together with the research projects CarbonBridge and µPolar ART is co-hosting Session I at the up-coming 11th Arctic Frontiers conference entitled  "White Space - Blue Future" that will be held from January 22-27,  2017 in Tromsø, Norway.  Arctic Frontiers 2017 will "discuss the gaps in our knowledge about the Arctic oceans and the role these will play in the future".

The 2017 Arctic Frontiers Science section which will take place from 25 January to 27 January 2017 will address four main themes:

Deadline for submission is September 20th, 2016. Please note that the Call for Papers for Part III: Future Fisheries has been extended until October 3rd, 2016.

Session Description: Bridging physical and biological processes in the Arctic Ocean

The session is organized by the research projects CarbonBridge (NFR), MicroPolar (NFR) and Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART), but is open to all relevant contributions.

Inflow-shelves, gateways and shelf-break regions of the Arctic Ocean, are in a state of transition. Major changes in the physical environment cause responses on biogeochemical- and ecosystem levels. Altered hydrography and sea ice conditions and changed timing of seasonal changes already influence productivity patterns and pathways, ecosystem structure and function, and biogeochemical cycling.

To project future Arctic productivity and ecosystems responses, we need to understand how physical conditions evolve, the relation to biogeochemical cycling, biological communities, and their interactions. Our understanding is limited by lack of sufficient insight into microbial and lower trophic food webs, their impact on and response from higher trophic levels, and by the relatively sparse observational datasets. Arctic Ocean gateways link the Arctic to lower latitudes, and thus represent key sites to study responses to current changes and how advection impact Arctic Ocean food webs.

This session aims to synthesize knowledge to facilitate synergy from recent investigations. This will increase our understanding of how climate change impact present and future productivity, fate of production, seasonality and communities in the Arctic marine gateway regions including the ecosystem service they provide.

The Arctic Frontiers 2017 session on Bridging Physical and Biological Processes aims to integrate these important aspects of Arctic marine systems by inviting abstracts on the following themes:

  • Physical processes in the Arctic Ocean and their impact on hydrography, biology and biogeochemistry
  • Feedback processes, including ecosystem processes affecting the physical system
  • Productivity and the fate of primary production
  • Biogeochemical, biological and ecosystem responses in a changing Arctic
  • Observations, experimental- and modeling studies on Arctic inflow- and shelf break oceanography, ice cover, productivity and ecosystems
  • Lower trophic level communities and interactions
  • Coupling between sub-Arctic and higher latitude oceans and marine systems
  • Sea Ice Ecology and coupling to pelagic and benthic systems
  • Productivity regimes and impact in the new Arctic Ocean

Scientific organising committee:

  • Prof. Marit Reigstad; UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  • Prof. Aud Larsen; UniResearch, Norway
  • Dr. Christian Wexels Riser; Research Council of Norway
  • Dr. Monika Kedra; Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Dr. Christine Michel; Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Prof. Lars Henrik Smedsrud; University of Bergen, Norway
  • Christine Dybwad; (UiT, Norway) secretary.


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