US GEOTRACES Arctic Planning Workshop
Dates: 29 September - 1 October 2010
Location: Washington, DC USA
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US Arctic GEOTRACES Planning Workshop
29 September - 1 October 2010
Washington DC, USA
Please send initial expressions of interest to: dkadko (at) rsmas.miami.edu
Since the inception of the international GEOTRACES Program, a strong interest has developed in carrying out GEOTRACES-related activities in the Arctic Ocean. The Arctic Ocean is at the epi-center of climate change, and changes there will ultimately be felt globally. It constitutes less than 3 % of the World Ocean area and about 1% of the volume, but it is unique in several ways. About 10% of the global river run-off is delivered to the Arctic Ocean and about 30% of the world's soil carbon is estimated to be stored in northern ecosystems within the Arctic catchment area. Effects due to a warming climate may have profound impact on the Arctic resulting in increased export of organic carbon and sediments to the Arctic Ocean. Arctic shelves constitute about 25% of the World Ocean shelf area and are among the shallowest in the world acting as an important regulator of the river export of organic carbon and TEIs to the central Arctic Ocean.
This interest has already led to several discussions and deliberations, including a GEOTRACES planning meeting held in Delmenhorst Germany in June 2009, which recognized the need for international collaboration to make future GEOTRACES efforts viable in this region.
In order to focus these discussions and to generate an action plan for future GEOTRACES activities between US investigators and international collaborators, a US Arctic GEOTRACES
- Initial expressions of interest in participating in this workshop,
- Comments on the program structure,
- Suggestions for potential topics for talks and break-out sessions, as well as for speakers, and
- Suggestions about additional sources of funding.
AM The Arctic Ocean and GEOTRACES: key processes and sites, existing relevant US and international programs and activities (plenary session)
PM Tracers in the Arctic: key parameters, advocacy talks (plenary session)
AM Breakout sessions: Discussion on topics, organization
PM Breakout sessions: meetings and plenary discussion
AM Breakout sessions: meetings and report drafting
PM Synthesis and planning for future action (plenary discussion)
The Organizing Committee:
- David Kadko, Chair, RSMAS
- Peter Schlosser, LDEO
- William Smethie, LDEO
- Gregory Cutter, ODU
- William Landing, FSU
- Chris Measures. UH
Funding and Travel Support
NSF will provide partial funding for this meeting. It is anticipated that limited travel support will be available and that this support will be distributed as a fixed subsidy, the amount of which will depend on pending requests.