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Dear Colleague

The 2015 AGU Fall Meeting will be held in San Francisco from 14-18 December 2015 (http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2015/).

Eileen Hofmann, Sam Jaccard, Joellen Russell and I are co-convening the session (OS #21) entitled Trajectories of change in the Southern Ocean.

This session is a contribution to the IGBP celebration synthesis and is co-convened by the IMBER, SOLAS and PAGES core projects of the IGBP.


We invite you to contribute a paper to this interdisciplinary session. 

Deadline for submitting ABSTRACTS is Wednesday 5 August 2015


We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco in December.


Christiane, Eileen, Sam and Joellen

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San Francisco, 14-18 December 2015



Trajectories of change in the Southern Ocean

Submit an Abstract to this Session

Session ID#: 8669

Session Description:

The Southern Ocean is a critical part of the Earth system and host to unique and diverse marine ecosystems. The region is experiencing rapid changes as the climate continues to warm: dynamic and thermodynamic processes are affecting sea-ice cover, oceanographic processes, atmosphere-ice-ocean interactions as well as the Antarctic ice sheet. How will these changes alter the Southern Ocean's ability to absorb heat, carbon dioxide and support ocean productivity? Will the changes result in feedbacks that accelerate or slow the rate of climate change? This session will address such questions by assessing recent insights from contemporary and palaeoclimatic observations and models. We solicit integrative contributions that explore topics such as sea ice, ice-sheet stability, biogeochemical cycling, atmosphere-ice-ocean processes and marine food webs. We will also consider contributions that explore the current and potential value of Antarctic ecosystem services and how they can be safeguarded.

Primary Convener:  

Christiane Lancelot, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium


Eileen E Hofmann, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, United States, Sam Jaccard, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland and Joellen L Russell, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, United States