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Antarctic Thresholds - Ecosystems Resilience and Adaptation (AnT-ERA)

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Comparison of Antarctic and Arctic Ecosystems and their Functioning

Proposed side meeting during Polar2018

By: Julian Gutt

The SCAR Antarctic Thresholds - Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation (AnT-ERA) research programme has been instrumental in developing a better understanding of biological responses to environmental change and the functioning of Antarctic ecosystems. Somewhat in parallel, the Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO) in the Arctic has been a bottom-up scientist initiative to evaluate ecosystem response to environmental change that has been supported by the IASC Marine Working Group and the Pacific Arctic Group in addition to national science agencies in six countries with Arctic research programmes in the Pacific Arctic. This meeting will bring together the science communities working at both poles who will jointly discuss topical scientific issues in Antarctic and Arctic biological processes. The major focus will be amphipolar comparisons and contrasts related to the response of organisms and ecosystems to climate change, including ocean acidification at all levels of biological organization. Core questions/issues that are anticipated for this session include increases or decreases in biodiversity and changes in ecosystem functioning (e.g. net primary production and biological CO2 uptake). Identification of challenges for future investigations, knowledge gaps, and dissemination of results are additional goals of this session.

This event is open to all conference participants and planned for half a day, preferably 17 June 2018. Final confirmation later in 2017.

Contact: Julian Gutt (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Co-organizers are Lee Cooper (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Monika Kedra (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Cinzia Verde (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Ian Hogg (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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