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Climate Change and the Marine Environment; The state of knowledge and our responses

Location: London
Event Type: Meeting
Event Date: 2006-11-30    

Event Description:
A Coastal Futures Conference
Climate Change and the Marine Environment
The state of knowledge and our responses
November 30th 2006 London

It is now widely recognised that climate change is the major challenge facing society and this will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future. The range of international, European and national initiatives is enormous and growing by the day.

The work on climate change related activities is now taking on ever growing proportions across a wide range of different UK Government departments and a plethora of other organisations. Most recently in Securing the Future the UK Government’s strategy (2005) for sustainable development a UK climate change action plan was put forward and Government has recently created an Office for Climate Change (OCC) to work across government. Whilst in a terrestrial context considerable progress has been made and organisations like the UK Climate Impact Partnership (UKCIP) have made considerable progress the equivalent developments in collaboration in the marine environment are at a very early stage.

The meeting is timely coming at the culmination of the Marine Climate Change Impact Partnership’s (MCCIP) work on its first annual report card and after a number of specialist workshops on the Arctic, ocean acidification and methane hydrates. The meeting will provide a forum for the marine community across a wide range of disciplines and sectors to appreciate recent developments.

The aim of this conference is focus directly on marine climate change work placing this in:

· the context of current Government policy,
· the developing programme of the Marine Climate Change Impact Partnership,
· the extensive body of research and science that is currently underway and
· to discuss this work to enable progress to mitigate the very real challenges we face.

The objectives of the conference are to:

· Bring together a wide range of interests involved across disciplines and sectors involved in the marine climate change debate
· To showcase and assist the work of the Marine Climate Change Impact Partnership (MCCIP) and help develop the networking process – including the new Annual Report Card
· To highlight some of the major bodies of work being undertaken and look for the common ground between them including:

o Meteorological perspectives
o Changes in the Arctic
o Ecosystem scale changes to nature communities
o Ocean acidification
o Methane hydrates
o Carbon capture and sequestration

· To make the links to the perspectives of industry operating in the marine environment who will play a key role in mitigating the effects of climate change

This meeting will focus on the science and impact of what we understand of climate change in predominantly northern seas it will also highlight a range of questions that need to be resolved and taken forward across sectors that are looking to mitigation of climate change effects.

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Event programme:

9.00 Registration and refreshments

Session 1 Introduction
Chair: Kathy Kennedy Cefas

9.50 Policy context and overview of UK climate change initiatives
Beth Greenaway & Adrian Butt Defra

10.10 Introduction to the Marine Climate Change Impact Partnership and the Marine Climate Change Annual Report Card Paul Buckley Cefas & MCCIP

10.30 Metocean conditions – climate trends and extreme events
Mark Hannam & Jason Lowe Meteorological Office

10.50 Headlines from the Arctic workshop
Ralph Rayner

Chairman of the Marine Information Alliance and Vice President of IMarEST

11.10 Oceanic change in the North Atlantic, Nordic Seas and Arctic: measuring key components of the Global Ocean Circulation
Stephen Dye Cefas

11.30 Ecosystem changes – regime shift in planktonic systems
Chris Reid, Sir Alistair Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science

11.50 Network break 1 - Buffet and refreshments

Session 2
12.30 Responses of marine ecosystems to climate change and other impacts
Stephen Hawkins, Nova Mieszkowska, David Sims and M Burrows MBA & SAMS

12.50 Ocean acidification
Carol Turley Plymouth Marine Laboratory

13.10 Methane hydrates and climate change – future challenges
Dave Long & John Rees British Geological Survey

13.30 CCS & EOR opportunities and challenges
speaker to be confirmed

13.50 Network break 2

Session 3

14.40 Renewable Energy perspectives – the potential for low carbon energy from the sea
Stephanie Merry Focus Offshore & Renewable Energy Association

15.00 Discussion

There will be a wide ranging discussion of key points raised enabling the delegates to express their views; questions arising could include:

· Communicating climate change science – challenges?
· Is the science/research agenda moving fast enough to cope with actual changes?
· Enabling and stimulating MCCIP – what more can people do – views on the report card
· What opportunities arise for mitigation?

15.50 Summing up

16.00 Close & Refreshments

Collaborators and organisers:
Organised by CMS – Coastal Management for Sustainability.


· Cefas
· Marine Climate Change Impact Partnership MCCIP
· Meteorological Office

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

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

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External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

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