[Coral-List] Our common future under climate change, Unesco, Paris, July 2015

Jean-Pierre Gattuso gattuso2 at obs-vlfr.fr
Tue Feb 17 20:36:36 EST 2015

Building on the findings of IPCC AR5 (5th assessment report), the 
scientific conference “Our common future under climate change”, 
Paris, Unesco (7-10 July 2015), will present updated knowledge and 
address key issues concerning climate change in the broader context of 
global change.

The session below may be of interest to the readers of this list. The 
deadline for abstract submission is 2nd March, 
http://www.commonfuture-paris2015.org. When submitting your abstract, 
select the session "Ocean impacts". Unesco provides limited financial 
support for participants from less developed countries (check the web 

Session title: Ocean Change: Understanding and projecting the impacts of 
warming and acidification on natural and human systems

Conveners: Jean-Pierre Gattuso and Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

Keynote speakers: Jean-Pierre Gattuso, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, and Hans-Otto 

The Ocean is critical to life on Earth through its regulation of 
atmospheric gases, stabilisation of planetary heat, and provision of 
food and resources to well over 3 billion people worldwide. Despite its 
importance, however, our understanding of its responses to key drivers 
such as ocean warming and acidification has been relatively limited. The 
recent consensus report from WGII of the IPCC AR5 significantly corrects 
this deficit by including a number of ocean-focused chapters for the 
first time. In doing so, AR5 has identified a plethora of fundamentally 
important changes that pose serious risks to components such as 
ecosystems, fisheries, and coastal livelihoods. This session brings 
together the latest IPCC consensus on the Ocean, and provides an 
integrated and updated perspective on the changes, risks and projections 
for both natural and human systems. Using information accumulated and 
the consensus achieved during the IPCC process, this session will also 
explore the implications of emission scenarios for key assets such as 
coral reefs, fisheries, mangroves and coastal processes. In doing so, a 
number of key questions will be discussed, such as: What will be the 
likely impacts of ocean warming and acidification on organisms, 
ecosystems and dependent human communities under different emission 
trajectories? Are there are significant adaptation and policy options 
available to the over 100 countries that have a significant dependence 
on ocean and coastal systems? The ensuing discussion will also 
facilitate the construction of key messages for the COP21 negotiation 
process on the Ocean and associated issues.

Jean-Pierre Gattuso
Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche
06230 Villefranche-sur-mer
T: +33 4 93 76 38 59 | http://www.obs-vlfr.fr/~gattuso

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