International workshop on polar climate and ecosystem changes

The International workshop on polar climate and ecosystem changes and their global implications aims to bring together leading international and Chinese scientists and administration officers from atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, and marine ecosystem communities to present cutting edge research results and to identify research priorities in China related to polar climate and ecosystem changes and their global impacts.
Date: 6th - 7th May 2013 ** Note this is a change of date**
Location: Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing, China
Registration/Abstract submission: 15th April

Arctic and Antarctic systems are important components of the global climate system. In a globally warming climate, the polar regions will unprecedentedly provide more convenient ship routes, and provide natural resources that might be exhausted in other regions. Hence, the polar regions are potentially important to the future global economy. However, the understanding of polar atmospheric, oceanic and cryospheric processes, their interactions and their influences on global climate change and polar marine ecosystems are highly limited.

The remoteness and harsh weather and climate in the polar regions, together with the complexity of the polar climate system, make the study of polar atmospheric, oceanic and cryospheric processes and their interactions a difficult challenge, which adds great uncertainty to predictions of global climate and sea level changes. In the past several decades, Arctic and Antarctic regions have experienced significant but contrasting climate changes. The causes of the contrasting polar climate changes and their global and regional impacts, particularly the impacts on climate and extreme weather in China, need to be investigated urgently. Marine biological resources are abundant at high latitudes. However, to understand the influences of changes in the polar atmospheric and oceanic circulation on the marine ecosystem and to ensure the sustainable utilization of marine biological resources, atmospheric scientists, physical oceanographers and marine ecologists have to have close collaborations. Coupled climate and earth system models are necessary tools for us to understand environmental change, and are the only tools for predicting future environmental change. The improvements and more complete resolving of polar processes in coupled models are crucial to increasing our ability to predict future environmental change.

The workshop will cover the following themes.

  1. Changes in Arctic and Antarctic climate and their global implications
  2. Impacts of polar climate change on climate change and extreme weather in China
  3. The coupled atmosphere-ocean-cryosphere system in the polar regions
  4. Influences of ocean circulation on marine biogeochemistry and ecosystems at high latitudes
  5. Developments of next generation coupled climate models with better and more resolution of polar processes

In addition to the invited overview talks, the workshop welcomes international and Chinese scientists to contribute oral presentations.

For more information, to register, submit abstracts, please contact Dr. Chengyan Liu before 15 April 2013:

Organizing committee: Zhaomin Wang, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology; Xiao Cheng, Beijing Normal University; Zhaoyong Guan, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology ; Bingrui Li, Chinese Polar Research Institute; Jiuxin Shi, Ocean University of China; John Turner, British Antarctic Survey, UK; Yong Wang, Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration; Tongwen Wu, National Climate Center, China Meteorological Administration; Xiangdong Zhang, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA; Tianjun Zhou, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Workshop sponsors: Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology; National Natural Science Foundation of China; Special Program for China Meteorology Trade