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World Conference on Marine Biodiversity

The University of Aberdeen, in partnership with the University of St Andrews, is delighted to be bringing the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity to Scotland from 26-30 September 2011.

The conference will provide the premier platform for discussion, dissemination, policy analysis and development of the key issues surrounding marine biodiversity, as well as providing an opportunity for the marine community to further influence the key thinkers and policy makers worldwide.

Chile's Earthquake May Set Back Research for Years

Jocelyn Kaiser and Antonio Regalado

Science 12 March 2010: Vol. 327. no. 5971, pp. 1308 - 1309 DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5971.1308

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European Science Foundation (ESF) Science Policy Briefing #37 on the “Impacts of Ocean Acidification”

The European Science Foundation (ESF) Science Policy Briefing #37 on the “Impacts of Ocean Acidification” is available for download (or for request of paper copies) on the ESF publication webpage.


An ESF Science Policy Briefing entitled “Impacts of Ocean Acidification”, a joint activity of LESC and the ESF-Marine Board, was published in August 2009. It gives a comprehensive view from leading scientists in Europe and in the USA on this topic. Ocean acidification is the hidden partner of climate change. The increasing acidity levels currently observed could in the future reduce the oceans‟ capacity to absorb carbon dioxide. In addition, this reduced absorption will contribute to irreversible changes in ocean chemistry, with yet unclear implications for marine ecosystems and fisheries resources and the human communities that rely on them.


NRDC movie on Ocean Acidification


 ACID TEST, a film produced by NRDC (and narrated by Sigourney Weaver), was made to raise awareness about the problem of ocean acidification, which poses a fundamental challenge to life in the seas and the health of the entire planet.

Second data/model synergy workshop of the GEOTRACES programme

The second data/model synergy workshop of the GEOTRACES program will take place from 7 to 10 December 2009 at the Ecole normale supérieure, rue d’ULM, in Paris, France (http://www.ens.fr).



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