Arctic Ocean Acidification

International Conference
The Arctic Ocean is rapidly accumulating carbon dioxide resulting in a decline in pH. Marine ecosystems and biodiversity will change, creating new economic, social and policy challenges.

2nd Announcement Call for Papers

Lisa L. Robbins

6-8 May, 2013, Bergen, Norway

International Conference on Arctic Ocean Acidification

The Arctic Ocean is rapidly accumulating carbon dioxide owing to perturbations in the global carbon cycle and particularly to increases in anthropogenic carbon concentrations. This is resulting in a decline in seawater pH, so-called ocean acidification. Increasing ocean acidification and warming of the ocean will cause changes in the ecological and biogeochemical coupling in the Arctic Ocean, influencing the Arctic marine ecosystem at all scales. Ocean acidification is expected to affect marine food chains and fish stocks and thus the commercial, subsistence, and recreational fisheries in the Arctic. There is a need for a better understanding of the nature and scope of these changes and of the resilience of the ecosystem to the changing carbon chemistry of the Arctic Ocean. In addition, given the importance of the Arctic Ocean as a regulator of global climate, there is a need to understand the implications of the changing role of the Arctic on the global carbon cycle. These, and related issues, will be addressed at the International Conference on Arctic Ocean Acidification, to be held in Bergen, Norway on 6 to 8 May 2013. This conference will also feature the results of the new published AMAP Arctic Ocean Acidification Assessment.
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Topics to be addressed
• Responses of Arctic Ocean to increasing CO2 and related changes in the global carbon cycle • Social and policy challenges • Arctic Ocean acidification and ecological and biogeochemical coupling • Implications of changing Arctic Ocean Acidification for northern (commercial and subsistence) fisheries • Future developments

Anna Silyakova

International Conference on Arctic Ocean Acidification

Abstracts are invited on the topics to be addressed including the following themes • results from observational, experimental and modelling studies of past, present and future ocean acidification, • responses of marine organisms and ecosystem structure, functioning and biodiversity, • perturbations to biogeochemical cycling and feedbacks to the climate system, and • the economic, social and policy challenges of ocean acidification.

Abstracts for oral and poster presentation (max. 750 words) should be forwarded to the Conference organizers ( by 25 January 2013. Selection of oral and poster presentations will take place within one month and speakers and presenters will be informed of the outcome by 1 March 2013. A book of abstracts will be produced.

The conference will include talks by invited keynote speakers, oral presentations selected on the basis of submitted abstracts, poster presentations and short (3-minute) oral presentations of selected posters. Keynote speakers: Opening of the conference by Norwegian Minister of the Environment Bård Vegar Solhjell Richard Bellerby, Norwegian Institute for Water Research Gretchen Hofmann, Marine Science Institute, University of CaliforniaSanta Barbara Rashid Sumaila, Fisheries Economics Research Unit, University of British Columbia Howard Browman, Norwegian Institute of Marine Research Leif G. Anderson, Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Gothenburg Ulf Riebesell, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Carol Turley, Plymouth Marine Laboratory Sam Dupont, University of Gothenburg

An APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) special joint session will arranged as part of the conference.

International Conference
Who should attend?
Scientists, climate scientists, social scientists, policy- and decision-makers concerned with environment, fisheries and management of marine ecosystems, stakeholders including northern residents and indigenous peoples, fisheries organizations, industry, etc.

Conference Organisers

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)

Conference venue
Hotel Scandic Bergen City, Hakonsgaten 2, 5015 Bergen, Norway.

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)

Registration, hotel booking and travel
Registration can be done via the conference web-site at from early 2013. At the web-site detailed information about hotel bookings, travel information, payment, scientific programme, social events etc will be uploaded. Preregistration can be sent to

Institute for Marine Research, Bergen, Norway (IMR)

Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)

Conference cost
A conference cost of 200 euros will be charged to cover social events, lunches, coffee breaks, the scientific assessment report, book of abstracts, etc. Some financial support will be available to assist participation of young scientists at the conference.

Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR)

University of British Columbia, Canada (UBC)

Detailed programme and updated information about the conference will be uploaded to

Contact Information
AMAP Secretariat Gaustadalléen 21 N-0349 Oslo Norway Phone: +47 22 95 83 40 E-mail:

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