BASIN- key meetings

Workshop 1 Hamburg, Germany, 23-25 January

Workshop Aims: The first BASIN SSA meeting was held in Hamburg, Germany from 23 to 25 January. It brought together researchers and ecosystem managers to consider and plan the next steps in North Atlantic ocean-basin scale analysis, integration, synthesis, and modeling of biological, chemical, and physical oceanographic data sets. The goal was to build upon previous and ongoing research in the North Atlantic, integrating and synthesizing the results of these programs, thus determining the mechanisms that link zooplankton, fish, and the environment at ocean basin scales. This first SSA meeting had a primary focus on European participation, though were key invitees from North America. A subsequent meeting will be held in the US to explore a similar agenda more fully within the North American research community (see below for details).

Hamburg meeting report

Workshop 2 Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1-3 May, 2007

Download Chapel Hill meeting report

The Chapel Hill meeting was the second of four BASIN workshops being held during 2007 leading up to the development of a BASIN Science Plan. It was held from 1 - 3 May, and followed on from the first meeting, which had a primarily European focus, held in Hamburg from 23 - 25 January. The Chapel Hill discussions built on the conclusions detailed in the Hamburg meeting report

Building on the Reykjavik and Hamburg meetings (Wiebe et al. 2006), the aims and questions of BASIN defined in Chapel Hill are:

BASIN AIM: To understand and predict the impact of climate change on key species of plankton and fish, and associated ecosystem and biogeochemical dynamics in the North Atlantic Subpolar Gyre System, in order to improve ocean management and conservation.

  • Question 1. How will climate variability and change - for example changes in temperature, stratification, transport, acidification - influence the seasonal cycle of primary productivity, trophic interactions, and fluxes of carbon to the benthos and the deep ocean? How will the response to these changes differ across the basin and among the shelf seas?

    �� How are the populations of phytoplankton, zooplankton, and higher trophic levels influenced by large scale ocean circulation and what is the influence of changes in atmospheric and oceanic climate on their population dynamics?

    �� What are the consequences of changes in ecosystem structure and dynamics for climate?

  • Question 2. How do life history strategies of target organisms, including both vertical and horizontal migration, contribute to observed population dynamics and community structure and how are these life history strategies affected by climate variability? How will life history influence the response of key species to anthropogenic climate change?

  • Question 3. How does the removal of exploited species influence marine ecosystems? Under what conditions can such harvesting result in substantial restructuring of shelf or basin ecosystems, i.e. alternate stable states? Do such changes extend to primary productivity and nutrient cycling? How is resilience of the ecosystem affected?

Workshop objectives: Our goal is to build upon previous and ongoing research in the North Atlantic, integrating and synthesizing the results of these programs, thus determining the mechanisms that link zooplankton, fish, ocean biogeochemistry, climate and environment at ocean basin scales. The Hamburg meeting had primary input from European participants, with limited representation of North American scientists. The Chapel Hill meeting will build on the Hamburg results with greater representation from from North Americans than from Europeans.

1) Assess and report on the status of climate-related ecosystem research in the North Atlantic basin and associated shelf seas (from Georges Bank to the Barents Sea and the North Sea shelf) conducted intensively over the past decade particularly through national GLOBEC programs (US, Canada, UK, Germany), GLOBEC related projects (ICES, Mare Cognitum), and EU projects, particularly ICOS and TASC.

2) Identify and document gaps in systematic observations and understanding of atmospheric and oceanic parameters, necessary to improve forecasting of ecosystems in the North Atlantic and associated shelves

3)Identify via the development of a meta-database the potential for consolidation of long-term observations from North American, EU and other international databases for the modeling and in particular prediction of the dynamics of North Atlantic and associated shelf ecosystems and their services (biogeochemical and exploited resources).

4) Consider the feasibility of producing a science plan for the future development a BASIN research program on:

  • Resolving the natural variability, potential impacts and feedbacks of global change on the structure, function, and dynamics of the ecosystems of the North Atlantic Basin and associated shelf seas;

  • Improving the understanding of marine ecosystem functioning in North Atlantic Basin and associated shelf seas; and

  • Developing ecosystem based management strategies that incorporate the effects of global change and hence contribute to the sustainable use of the marine resources of the North Atlantic Basin and associated shelf seas.

This was an open meeting attended by 32 scientists from Europe and North America.

Background reading:

Reykjavik meeting report
Hamburg meeting report

Workshop 3

Workshop objectives: The principle objective of this work package is to convene a meeting with the principle scientists funded by the BASIN SSA and North American counterparts as well as programme managers from the EU, NSF and NSERC to:

a) Review existing national or state procedures for the funding of research programmes;

b) Review existing protocols for developing co-financed multinational research programmes;

c) Establish optimal mechanisms by which joint research programmes can be implemented.

The development of an acceptable protocol will alleviate one of the major structural impediments at present inhibiting the development of large-scale joint research programmes. It is anticipated that the subsequent report from this meeting, outlining the mismatch and possible remedial actions required in order to implement joint research programmes, will be communicated to funding agencies and governmental bodies, and thereby contribute to the resolution of this impediment on developing jointly funded programmes.

Workshop 4

Details to be added

Amsterdam Steering Group meeting, 28-30 January 2008

The Amsterdam meeting is by invitation and will develop a draft Strategic Frame-work, Science Frame-work and draft Science Plan for consideration by the wider BASIN community during 2008.

Documents listed below are intended for download as background to the Amsterdam meeting and to aid with the drafting work:

GLOBEC Report 2: Population Dynamics and Physical Variability

GLOBEC Report 3: Report of the first meeting of the International GLOBEC working group on Sampling and Observation Systems. Paris, France, March 30 - April 2, 1993.

GLOBEC Report 6: Report of the first meeting of the International GLOBEC working group on Numerical Modelling. Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, July 12 - 14, 1993

ESF Report "Impacts of Climate Change on the European Marine and Coastal Environment: Ecosystems Approach, March 2007"

Report of the ICES - EuroGOOS Planning Group on the North Sea Pilot Project NORSEPP
"NORSEPP focuses on oceanography and fish stocks, and the aim is to promote the use of operational oceanography for biological applications such as fish stock assessments. The latest report 2nd quarter 2007 from NORSEPP is available, click here for more quarterly reports