IMBIZO 5: Marine biosphere research for a sustainable ocean: Linking ecosystems, future states and resource management
2-5 October 2017
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA
The fifth IMBeR IMBIZO (the Zulu word for a gathering) was hosted by the Ocean, Carbon & Biogeochemistry Group at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA from 2-5 October 2017.
The aim of the IMBIZO 5 was to progress the implementation of the new IMBeR Science Plan (2016-2025). The overall theme of the meeting was Marine biosphere research for a sustainable ocean: Linking ecosystems, future states and resource management. This is the basis of the science plan where the research goal is to Understand, quantify and compare the historic and present structure and functioning of linked ocean and human systems to predict and project changes including developing scenarios and options for securing or transitioning towards ocean sustainability.
The meeting consisted of three concurrent but interacting workshops, with joint plenary and poster sessions. This format has proven to be 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. The themes of the workshops highlighted the direction of IMBeR science over the next ten years, and the scales and interactions that will be explored.
IMBIZO 5 followed the usual format of three concurrent but interacting workshops. The three workshops were:
- Critical constraints on future projections of marine systems (co-Chairs: Laurent Bopp and Eric Galbraith)
- Metabolic diversity and evolution in marine biogeochemical cycling and ocean ecosystem processes (co-Chairs: Gerhard Herndl and Tatiana Rynearson)
- Management Strategy Evaluation: Achieving transparency in natural resource management by quantitatively bridging social and natural science uncertainties (co-Chairs: Ingrid van Putten and Cisco Werner).
Critical Constraints Workshop: Marine Data Hub
Metabolic diversity and evolution in marine biogeochemical cycling and ocean ecosystem processes Workshop: Paper
An optional workshop for all IMBIZO 5 participants was held the day before the start of the IMBIZO, with the goal of introducing attendees to INFOGRAPHICS – how to create good and useful visual information to communicate your science.