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JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting Session: Integrative impacts of climate change on living marine resources

May 20 - May 25

Nereus Program Alumnus Rebecca Asch (Princeton University/East Carolina University), Fellow Colleen Petrik (Princeton University), Fellow Gabriel Reygondeau (University of British Columbia), and Fellow Maria de Oca (Duke University) will be convening the session “Beyond physics-to-fish: Integrative impacts of climate change on living marine resources” at the JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting Session, May 20 to 25, 2017, in Chiba, Japan.

Abstract submission will open on January 6 and closes February 16. For more information on this conference and how to register, please see

Session Topic: Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences (A), Ocean Sciences and Ocean Environment (OS)
Session ID: A-OS18 (May 23)
Session Title: Beyond physics-to-fish: Integrative impacts of climate change on living marine resources

The session will be held from 9:00am to 10:30am in room 303 of the International Conference Hall 3F. From 10:00am to 10:15am, Gabriel Reygondeau will be hosting a talk on Climate driven shifts in the biogeography of the global ocean. From 10:15am to 10:30am, Colleen Petrik, along with Charles Stock, Ken Anderson, and James Watson, will be presenting a talk titled ‘The Future Response of Fisheries Production to Integrated Anthropogenic Forcing: Climate Change and Fishing Pressure.’

This session will take a “physics-to-fish” approach to identify the impacts of climate variability and anthropogenic climate change on marine organisms with a particular focus on living marine resources (i.e., commercially targeted fish and invertebrates and protected species, such as marine mammals, seabirds, and sea turtles). Talks will investigate bottom-up oceanic forcing, connecting physical atmospheric and oceanographic processes to lower trophic levels, which in turn influence the abundance, biogeography, phenology, migration patterns, growth rates, reproduction, and physiology of higher trophic level marine organisms. Presentations can address this topic with observational, experimental, or model-based approaches. We especially encourage submission of presentations that include an “integrative” element. Presentations can integrate across: multiple life history stages to address cumulative population level effects of climate; multiple species to identify key ecological characteristics that influence species responses to climate change; multiple modes of climate variability in order to attribute the source of observed changes in living marine resources; multiple regions to pinpoint hot spots of climate change impacts; multiple stressors to gauge how individual impacts may be amplified or counteracted by other ecosystem stressors, or; multiple scientific disciplines to better develop climate change solutions that can be implemented by resource managers and other stakeholders. Lastly, special consideration will be given to presentations that can directly inform and improve marine policy.