[Coral-List] Ocean Sciences session OC007: Open Ocean - Coral Reef Teleconnections

Andrea Kealoha andreake at hawaii.edu
Fri Jul 21 14:48:45 EDT 2017

Dear all,

Please consider submitting an abstract for session OC007 "Open Ocean -
Coral Reef Teleconnections" for the Ocean Sciences meeting in Portland,
Oregon, USA, 11-16 February 2018.  The session description is below
and abstracts are due 6 September 2017, 11:59 P.M. EDT.

Session ID:28515

Description: Open ocean water is the primary source water for coral reef
systems. Once on the shallow reef, this source water can be dramatically
altered by physical, chemical, and biological processes. The initial
conditions of adjacent open ocean surface waters strongly impact coral reef
ecosystem metabolism and health. For example, offshore biological
productivity impacts delivery of inorganic and organic nutrients that serve
as critical energy sources for biological processes within coral reef
ecosystems. Upwelling of deep, cool waters via internal waves or
topographic upwelling can provide intermittent refuge to help mitigate
thermal stress on coral reefs. Offshore circulation patterns influence
larval dispersal and recruitment, which can enhance biodiversity and
increase ecosystem resilience to anthropogenic stressors such as
overfishing. Global acidification of open ocean waters results in transport
of progressively more acidified source water to coral reefs that leads to
declining rates of calcification, increasing dissolution, and a shift in
calcium carbonate reef budgets toward net dissolution. This
interdisciplinary session invites observational, laboratory, and
modeling-based studies investigating teleconnections between coral reef and
open ocean processes. These processes may include, but are not limited to,
ocean acidification and warming; open ocean productivity and nutrient
cycling; and regional and local circulation and physical phenomena.

Primary Chair: Kathryn EF Shamberger (TAMU)

Co-chairs: Andrea Kealoha (TAMU), Kristen A Davis (UCI), Steven J Lentz



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