William Cheung, Nereus Director (Science), will give a keynote workshop entitled “Coastal upwelling ecosystems as models for interdisciplinary studies of climate and global change” at the IMBER (Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research) IMBIZO IV, in Trieste, Italy.
Phil Underwood, Nereus Fellow (Cambridge/WCMC), will be attending the third workshop, “Integrated modelling to support assessment and management of marine social-ecological systems in the face of global change”, where he will be presenting a poster summary of his work with the Madingley model to date.
Overall Theme of IMBIZO IV:
Marine and human systems
Addressing multiple scales and multiple stressors
Marine ecosystems are amongst the most productive ecosystems in the world, providing benefits that humans depend on for survival, food, livelihoods and well-being. The interactions between humans and marine systems are complex, and are continually evolving as they mitigate and adapt to the cumulative effects of global change.
The multiple stressors and drivers of global change in the marine and human systems differ geographically, depending on whether they occur in coastal areas, the continental shelf, or the open ocean, and moreover, vary at temporal scales.
The challenge for ensuring sustainable governance of marine ecosystems and human societies in the future is the development of systems level understanding of the effects of global change at multiple scales. IMBIZO IV will explore the interactions of multiple drivers and stressors at different spatial and temporal scales. Of interest will be the global implications (and scaling up) of the responses of marine biogeochemistry, ecosystems, and social and governance structures observed at these different spatial and temporal scales.