[Coral-List] "Synergistic Interactions Between Stressors to Coral Reefs" meeting session

Curt Storlazzi cstorlazzi at usgs.gov
Fri Jul 24 15:06:45 EDT 2009

Dear colleagues:

We would like to draw your attention to a meeting session on:

Synergistic Interactions Between Stressors to Coral Reefs

at the 15th Ocean Sciences Meeting, which will be held 22-26  
February, 2010, in Portland, Oregon.  The theme of this meeting is,  
“From Observation to Prediction in the 21st Century”. Please visit  
the conference website for more information: http://www.agu.org/ 
Aim and Scope of this Session, IT04:

Over the past few decades coral reefs worldwide have degraded due to  
both natural and anthropogenic environmental factors. Natural  
variability in the ocean-atmosphere system (El Nino events, North  
Atlantic Oscillation) can cause large-scale changes in storm tracks,  
sea-surface height, water temperatures and rainfall. Recent IPCC  
projections suggest changes in air and sea surface temperature,  
precipitation, CO2, pH, and sea level all will significantly impact  
coral reef ecosystems. At the same time, human activities in the  
coastal zone (e.g. livestock grazing and coastal development) have  
increased the delivery of sediment, nutrients, and contaminants to  
coral reef ecosystems.  Assessing how these ecosystems function and  
identifying the synergistic effects of local versus global stressors  
will help us to better manage them as a resource. This session  
focuses on advancements in understanding the natural environmental  
controls on coral reefs and how these processes have interacted with  
anthropogenic stressors to impact these fragile ecosystems.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the influence of,  
and interaction between, changes in sea surface temperatures, pH, sea  
level, storms, waves, floods, sediment, nutrients, and contaminants  
on coral reefs.  Summaries of current regional investigations, site- 
specific studies, and modeling results are all encouraged.


Curt Storlazzi, United States Geological Survey, Pacific Science  
Center, Santa Cruz, CA (cstorlazzi at usgs.gov)
Greg Piniak, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Center  
for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research, Beaufort, NC  
(greg.piniak at noaa.gov)
Kim Yates, United States Geological Survey, Florida Integrated  
Science Center, St. Petersburg, FL (kyates at usgs.gov)
Dwight Gledhill, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,  
Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorologic Laboratory, Silver Spring, MD  
(dwight.gledhill at noaa.gov)

To assist the organizing committee in assigning your abstract to our  
session, please use the session code: IT04. Abstracts are due by 15  
October at http://www.agu.org/meetings/os10/program/index.php.  
Registration for the meeting is open until January 20, 2010.

If you know of anyone who might be interested who might not receive  
this notice, please feel free to pass it along.  We are very excited  
about this session, and look forward to your participation.  If you  
have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  We hope to see  
you in Portland!
Curt, Greg, Kim, and Dwight

Curt Storlazzi, Ph.D.
U.S. Geological Survey
Pacific Science Center
400 Natural Bridges Drive
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
(831) 427-4721 phone
(831) 427-4748 fax

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