For the second time in just 12 months, scientists have recorded severe coral bleaching across huge tracts of the Great Barrier Reef after completing aerial surveys along its entire length. In 2016, bleaching was most severe in the northern third of the Reef, while one year on, the middle third has experienced the most intense coral bleaching.
News and Updates
IMBIZO is the Zulu word for 'a gathering'. IMBeR will hold its fifth IMBIZO at Woods Hole, MA, USA from 2-5 October 2017.
The overall theme of IMBIZO 5 is Marine biosphere research for a sustainable ocean: Linking ecosystems, future states and resource management.
The IMBIZO format three concurrent but interacting workshops, with joint plenary and poster sessions will be followed. This has previously been successful in promoting discussion between disciplinary experts, in developing interaction between biogeochemical, ecological and social science research, and in producing synthesis papers and journal special issues. To optimize participant interactions, each of the three workshops will be restricted to about 40 participants, selected on the relevance of the abstract that submitted.
The themes of the workshops are:
WS 1 Critical constraints on future projections of marine systems
WS 2 Metabolic diversity and evolution in marine biogeochemical cycling and ocean ecosystem processes
WS3 Management Strategy Evaluation: Achieving transparency in natural resource management by quantitatively bridging social and natural science uncertainties
There will be a bonus day just prior to IMBIZO 5 (on 1 October) to learn how to do Infographics!
IMBIZOs are great meetings, so, choose a workshop and submit an abstract before 30 May 2017!
"An international team of researchers has found that the eastern part of the Arctic Ocean is undergoing what they describe as "Atlantification"—in which the ocean is becoming more like the Atlantic Ocean. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes how they tracked ocean temperatures over a 15-year period and the changes they found."
Via The Guardian
"A coalition of 17 US states filed a legal challenge on Wednesday against efforts by Donald Trump’s administration to roll back climate change regulations, deepening a political rift over his emerging energy policies."
" Young salmon and steelhead migrating from the Columbia River Basin in unusually high flows face a potentially lethal problem in spillways at dams where increased nitrogen in the water can cause tissue-damaging trauma. However, managers of fisheries say special features at dams meant to reduce nitrogen will help the fish make it to the ocean, and survival should be about average based on previous high-flow years."
Via Toronto Metro
"Launched this week by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, the Deep-Sea Debris Database combs three decades worth of photos and videos captured by their fleet of submarines off the archipelago’s coast."
"The Pacific Whale Declaration was endorsed and signed today by 11 Pacific countries at the Whales in a Changing Ocean conference, ending on a high note in Nuku’alofa, Tonga."