Call for abstract: Session on dynamics of upwelling systems at ECCWO meeting
Abstracts are invited for a session on 'Eastern Boundary upwelling systems: diversity, coupled dynamics and sensitivity to climate change', at the 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans, to be held June 4-8, 2018 in Washington, DC, USA.
Ivonne Montes (Instituto Geofísico del Perú)
Ryan Rykaczewski (Department of Biological Sciences and Marine Science Program, University of South Carolina, USA)
The Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems (EBUS) are the most productive areas of the world’s oceans, supporting large populations of commercially important fish species. The basic forcing mechanism are similar across the different EBUS. However, owing to differences in the relative strengths of potential stressors, a unified understanding regarding the sensitivity of individual EBUS to climate change remains evasive. In this session, we focus on the different physical mechanisms occurring over different time scales (i.e., intradaily, intraseasonal, interannual, decadal, multidecadal) and their implications for water-column properties, biogeochemical cycles, biodiversity/ecosystem structure and functioning, and the regional climate. We seek to identify the key feedback processes in EBUS, appreciate the similarities across systems, and understand the differences. We also intend to identify critical knowledge gaps that limit our current understanding of physical and ecological responses to natural and anthropogenic climate forcing in EBUS.