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MarBEF theme 2 workshop: Experimental assessment of the role of marine biodiversity on energy dissipation

Location: Yerseke, the Netherlands
Event Type: Workshop
Event Date: 2007-01-22    
End Date: 2007-01-26

Event Description:
MarBEF Meta-analysis workshop (WP4): Experimental assessment of the role of marine biodiversity on energy dissipation

Background of the workshop:
The ocean contains thousands of species able to form structures that interact with flow fields, so called (structural) ecosystem engineers. Until now, only a limited number of those species have been brought into experimental facilities where these effects can be investigated. Hence, our main hope to achieve a comprehensive understanding on the role of benthic organisms in energy dissipation requires the combination of a theoretical framework on particular traits effecting turbulent energy dissipation with a meta-analysis of the available data.

The proposed workshop aims at deriving empirical allometric laws that allow predicting the role of organisms / organism assemblages on energy dissipation (from TKE) based on simple organism and community traits.

The workshop will be set up to:

- discuss the general theoretical framework
- perform a meta-analysis of existing data on the topic
- perform a hands-on experiment to fill knowledge gaps

This is a first call for expression of interest for the MarBEF (meta-analysis) workshop, which will take place at NIOO-KNAW, CEME in Yerseke (the Netherlands) 22-26 January 2007. We will later follow up with a more detailed request and detailed information. Anyone interested in participating in the workshop can contact Iris Hendriks ( for more information.

Contact email:

Event programme:
Part 1 of the energy dissipation workshop: hands-on experimental (22-24 Jan 2007)
Part 2 of the energy dissipation workshop: meta-analysis (24-26 Jan 2006)

Collaborators and organisers:
Iris Hendriks & Carlos Duarte
Instituto Mediterraneo de Estudios Avanzados
C/ Miquel Marques 21
07190 Esporles
(Islas Baleares)
Ph. +34 971611837
Fx. +34 971611761

Tjeerd Bouma, Tom Ysebaert (& Luca van Duren)
Postbus 140
4400 AC Yerseke
the Netherlands
Ph. +31113577454

Website url: 

Registration form:

Registration fee: 

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: Yes

Event within Framework of MARBEF: WP4 - Functionality

Maximum number of participants: 15

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

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