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Marine Ecosystem Evolution in a Changing Environment, Summer School 2011

Location: Ankara, Turkey
Event Type: Training Course
Event Date: 2011-09-07    
End Date: 2011-09-14

Event Description:
Marine Ecosystem Evolution in a Changing Environment, Summer School 2011

Marine ecosystems are changing in response to both climate drivers (acidification, light, circulation and temperature) and anthropogenic drivers (fishing, pollution, invasive species and eutrophication). It is essential that we develop the knowledge necessary to learn how to live with, and adapt to these changes. Predictive modelling provides a tool to allow us to explore the possible consequences of such changes.

The aim of this course is to expose graduate students and young scientists to recent developments and methodologies in the simulation of marine ecosystems and their response to a changing environment.

More specifically, the objectives of the summer school are to help the students to:

* Understand the mechanisms, functioning and evolution of marine ecosystems.
* Assess the state of these ecosystems by taking into account multiple environmental drivers and pressures from natural and anthropogenic sources.
* Learn how to devise and apply new model parameterisations.
* Learn innovative ways to couple models of different trophic levels.
* Provide students with a tool box for model skill assessment.
* Address non linear combinations of driver impacts in a dynamic environment by using numerical simulation models which include dynamic feedbacks.
* Understand the ecosystem-based approach to management and the application of management strategy evaluation tools.

Contact email:

Event programme:
Programme of activities
The summer school is designed to provide participants with high-level teaching activities given by internationally known scientists. The summer school will target PhD students and young post-docs working with biogeochemical cycles and end to end food webs. For each topic shown below, a combination of theoretical courses and practical workshops will be given. The discussion and poster sessions will be organized to stimulate interaction between students and also between students and the lecturers.

Themes of scientific lectures
Lecture series on “Main processes controlling marine food webs”:

1) Fundamentals of food web structure and functioning and biogeochemical cycles: processes and parameterisations

2) Climate-induced controls through

* Temperature > metabolic rates
* stratification> nutrient fluxes > phytoplankton community structure
* ocean acidification
* Habitat modification> transport- optimal vs realized habitats

3) Anthropogenic induced impacts through

* Eutrophication
* Pollution
* Fishing
* Alien invasive species

Lecture series on “Advances in end-to-end food web modelling”

* Coupled physical-biogeochemical models (including optics)
* Plankton functional type models: ecology vs. biogeochemistry, aggregation
* Higher trophic level models and their coupling with lower trophic level models
* Model skill assessments

Lecture series on “The Implications of environmental change for Resource Management’

* The ecosystem approach to management
* Environmental indicators
* Management strategy evaluation tools

Other activities
The lectures will be augmented by hands on practice in the use of advanced modelling tools. Debates will be held on hot topics pertinent to end-to-end ecosystem research. Poster presentations will be made by participants and prizes awarded.

The schedule
The schedule will follow the normal morning-afternoon timetable based on lectures and practical workshops. A basic day will comprise 4 lectures. Each lecture lasts for 1.5 hours with 1.0 hour formal lecturing and 30 minutes discussion/debate on the lecture topic to favour interactions between students and lecturers. Poster sessions will also be organized during the Summer School. The best student poster award will be announced at the end of the Summer School. English will be the official language.

Collaborators and organisers:

MEECE Summer School Steering Committee:

Icarus Allen (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK)

Baris Salihoglu (IMS_METU, Turkey)

Jessica Heard (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK)

Ivo Grigorov (DTU-Aqua, Denmark)

For general queries about the MEECE Summer School please contact MEECE

MEECE Project Office
Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Prospect Place
Tel: +44 (0) 1752633401
Fax: +44 (0) 1752633101

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Registration form:

Registration fee: 

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

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

Day-care contact address:

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 30

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: No

Posted by barissalihoglu on 2011-07-06 and approved by webmaster