IMBIZO IV – Marine and human systems: Addressing multiple scales and multiple stressors

IMBIZO IV – Marine and human systems: Addressing multiple scales and multiple stressors

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Time: 2015.10.26 – 2015.10.30
Location: Trieste, Italy

IMBER (Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research) held the fourth in its IMBIZO series at the Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia and Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS) in Trieste, Italy, from 27-30 October 2015. (IMBIZO is a Zulu word meaning a ‘meeting or gathering’). Monday 26 October was a bonus day, devoted to workshops on scientific writing and publication, how to write a successful funding proposal, and data management.

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Keynote Presentations

Keynote presentations can be found online here


Regime shifts workshop: Perceptions of system-identity and regime shift for marine ecosystems Ingrid van PuttenFabio BoschettiScott LingShane A Richards ICES Journal of Marine Science, Volume 76, Issue 6, November-December 2019, Pages 1736–1747,

Modelling workshop:


Marine ecosystems are amongst the most productive ecosystems in the world, providing benefits that humans depend on for survival, food, livelihoods and well-being. The interactions between humans and marine systems are complex, and are continually evolving as they mitigate and adapt to the cumulative effects of global change.

The multiple stressors and drivers of global change in the marine and human systems differ geographically, depending on whether they occur in coastal areas, the continental shelf, or the open ocean, and moreover, vary at temporal scales.

The challenge for ensuring sustainable governance of marine ecosystems and human societies in the future is the development of systems level understanding of the effects of global change at multiple scales. IMBIZO IV explored the interactions of multiple drivers and stressors at different spatial and temporal scales. Of interest were the global implications (and scaling up) of the responses of marine biogeochemistry, ecosystems, and social and governance structures observed at these different spatial and temporal scales.


The topics of the workshops were:

Workshop 1: Marine ecosystem-based governance: From rhetoric to reality

Workshop 2: Coastal upwelling ecosystems as models for interdisciplinary studies of climate and global change

Workshop 3: Integrated modelling to support assessment and management of marine social-ecological systems in the face of global change

Workshop 4: From regime shifts to novel systems – evaluating the social-ecological implications of lasting ecosystem changes for resource management

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26 October 2015

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