Dear Deep Ocean Colleagues,

We are excited to announce that there will be several special session at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 11-16 February 2018 in Portland, OR focusing on Deep Ocean Observing. We hope that several of you will consider submitting abstracts to these sessions, abstract submission closes Sept. 6. Please feel free to share this announcement with other deep ocean observing colleagues who you think may be interested.

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Societal Applications of Deep-Ocean Observations Special Session at the Ocean Sciences Meeting

Session ID#: 27932
Co- Convenors:

    Lisa A. Levin, Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA
    Harriet Harden Davies, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong, AUSTRALIA
    Patrick Heimbach, Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin (TX), USA
    Eric Lindstrom, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington DC


    There is growing awareness of the dependence of humans on the deep ocean for a healthy planet. With this comes a need for observations that address deep-ocean roles in mitigation and adaptation to global change and inform environmental management and policy.  We invite talks that present examples of how deep-ocean observations are being or could be used to address societal needs.  We encourage presentations that address climate change detection and projection, deep-ocean spatial planning, impact assessment, fisheries management, marine genetic resources, waste disposal, contaminant and other societal issues. Examples from sustained deep-ocean observation programs, observatories, process studies, and exploration programs are encouraged.   Data generators, data users, regulators and policy makers are welcome to contribute.

Technology Advances in Deep Ocean Observing

Session ID#: 28539


    Nathalie V Zilberman, University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, United States
    Bruce M Howe, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, United States
    Matthew H Alford, University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, United States


    Challenges for observing the deep ocean are to expand existing sensors and platforms to greater depth, resolve smaller signals, correct for pressure-induced error, and develop new technologies for measuring deep-ocean specific essential ocean variables.
    • This session solicits abstracts on sensors and platforms advancements for deep observations to address:

      • i. the role of the deep ocean in the Earth’s heat and freshwater budgets, carbon cycle, and sea level change,
      • ii. deep-ocean circulation and mixing,
      • iii. deep water mass formation,
      • iv. the fluxes of nutrients, tracers, oxygen, and carbon in the deep ocean,
      • v. the response of (i-iv) to natural and anthropogenic stress factors.

Abstracts on related system modeling such as observing system experiments are welcome.