This is one of the meetings in the IGBP-SCOR Fast Track Initiative entitled "Atmospheric CO2 and Ocean Biogeochemistry: Modern Observations and Past Experiences".
The PAGES Paleo-Ocean Acidification Working Group emerged out of this initiative.
Changes in ocean chemistry due to anthropogenic CO2 emissions affect marine life, nutrient cycles and biocalcification. Ocean acidification has been identified as a major consequence of rising atmospheric CO2 levels. This makes understanding the response of calcareous plankton to acidification and other effects of global change an urgent challenge.
With generous support from the ESF EuroCLIMATE Programme and PAGES, and with participation from SOLAS and IMBER, we are hosting a Workshop/Networking Activity on Atmospheric CO2, ocean acidification and ecological changes in planktonic calcifying organisms.
The objective of the workshop is to bring together a diverse mix of experts, from the cellular and genetic to the ecological and global carbon cycle level. Questions to be addressed include how the predicted acidification is likely to affect the calcifying plankton, what the possible secondary consequences may be, and what research is needed to allow robust predictions.