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The Predictive Power of Marine Science in a Changing Climate

Location Sopot, Poland
Date 07 - 08 April 2014
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The future quality of life on Earth depends fundamentally on trends in world climate. Seas and oceans play a dominant role in regulating global climate by helping to control greenhouse gases, global heat transfer and weather patterns. If we also consider the energy and other resources oceans offer, their essential importance to human existence becomes obvious. Reports from various international communities clearly indicate that the marine environment becomes a subject to migrate under the climate change. This strategic event focused on the current capabilities of the predictive tools and programmes aimed at describing the future scenarios of the marine environment changes, and at identifying the gaps in our present knowledge of the marine science in terms of atmosphere-ocean interactions, sea water dynamics, role of marine chemistry in diagnosis of the present stay and prediction of future perspective, and interaction of ocean dynamics and ecology.

The conference gathered European researchers who specialise in the studies of marine environment, both in the biotic and abiotic aspects, in their relation to the changing climate. They addressed a vast array of different European marine environments, from oceanic waters to very brackish basins such as the Baltic, and also discussed how climate changes affect all aspects of environment, from physical and chemical through biological processes and thus marine fauna and flora.

Participants discussed a multidisciplinary approach to the problem of climate change impact on marine environment in Europe, in order to facilitate transdisciplinary cooperation to help understand the ongoing changes in the marine environment, as well as predict their future course.

Participants came from Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Morocco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom and the USA.

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