For details on the 2014 edition of the "Advances in Marine Ecosystem Research" workshop, please refer to http://www.amemr.info/.
Abstracts are accepted until 31/01/2014 for the following list of hot topics (which is non exclusive; all relevant and interesting submissions will be considered ):
1. Ecosystems and their interactions
Grazing; biogeochemistry and C cycle; multiple stressors; biodiversity and ecosystem function; example topics include:
• Grazing and its ecological / biogeochemical consequences
• Biodiversity and ecosystem function.
• “Movement" - its representation within models and its effects on large-scale patterns
• Parameterising complexity in large scale models
• Carbon, nutrient and energy flows through the marine planktonic food web
• Nutrients, who’s in control? Limiting conditions/factors/processes.
• Benthic biogeochemistry in a changing world
2. Projections, predictions and confidence
Linking observations and models; data assimilation; uncertainty analysis/skill assessment; models for management; for example:
• Interacting with observational networks (e.g. Gliders, Bio-Argo, buoys, Satellites).
• Data assimilation
• Modelling the past, present and future
• Confidence in ecosystem model predictions and projections
• Model inter-comparison experiments.
• Multi-model ensembles: how to integrate results of models of different types and performance
• Challenges for predictive models (operational and climate scales)
• Quantifying local and regional implications of global change
• Synergistic and secondary impacts of multiple environmental changes
3. Novel approaches
Dealing with complexity; trait-based; evolution and adaptation; embracing physiology; inspiration from other disciplines; example topics include:
• Traceable hierarchies of models
• Novel modelling approaches
• Dealing with adaptation and evolution
• Adaptive models – spatial and evolutionary responses
• Establishing continuity between benthic and pelagic model systems
• End-to-end modelling frameworks – top down vs. bottom up control
• Is macroecology a useful paradigm for ecosystem models?
• Embracing physiology and genomics
• Land and Atmosphere to Ocean, interfacing meteorological, fluvial, coastal, sea ice, shelf and oceanic systems
4. Exploiting models in the context of ecosystem services, policy and management
The practical application of model based information; example topics include:
• Interfacing of food web, biogeochemical and socio-economic concepts
• The application of models to learn about the ocean and inform management
• Use of ecosystem models for management strategy evaluation.
• Models to inform energy security
• Modelling environmental implications of large-scale marine renewable energy generation