ICES ASC 2015: Basin-scale dynamics
at lower trophic levels in the North Atlantic
Conveners: Astthor Gislason (Iceland), Claudia Castellani (UK) and Peter Wiebe (US)
Description: The North Atlantic Ocean and its contiguous shelf seas are crucial for the ecological, economical and societal health of both Europe and North America. The shelf and the oceanic ecosystems are influenced at a basin scale by a common atmospheric forcing.
The EURO-BASIN project (2011-2014) funded by EC FP7, was designed to further our understanding of past, present and future ecosystem dynamics of the North Atlantic and associated shelf seas thus enabling an improved management of the living marine resources in the region. Microbial loop players, copepods, euphausiids, small pelagic planktivorous fish such as herring, mackerel, and blue whiting, and large piscivorous pelagic fish such as bluefin tuna have been the focus of this basin scale study as key elements influencing carbon sequestering as well as structuring the ecosystem via the trophic cascade.
The purpose of this session is to provide a forum for presentations on:
1) the role of key species in the biological carbon pump;
2) distribution of key species and ecosystem types;
3) trophic pathways and production, and
4) the dynamics of living resources and their utilisation;
5) modelling efforts that integrate the biological and physical characteristics of the region.
The EURO-BASIN project is an example only and the intention of the theme session conveners is to attract contributors presenting their results and experiences from other pan-Atlantic initiatives. This session will serve to encourage collaboration between the North American and European scientists by providing an opportunity for them to present and discuss findings on basin scale dynamics of lower tropic levels and inform the community at-large of the advances in understanding that have occurred in the region.
Submissions of Presentation Proposal under the theme will open soon on the ICES ASC 2015 site.
EURO-BASIN Theme Session at ICES ASC 2015
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