IGBP-SCOR Fast Track Initiative

The IGBP-SCOR fast track initiative entitled Atmospheric CO2 and Ocean Biogeochemistry: Modern Observations and Past Experiences was launched in 2005 to investigate past changes in ocean biogeochemistry in order to better understand the consequences of ongoing ocean acidification.

The FTI built on the 2004 SCOR/IOC Symposium entitled "The Oceans in a High CO2 World" (http://www.ocean-acidification.net) in Paris and the UK Royal Society study on surface ocean acidification.

The main purpose of this FTI was to apply insights gained from paleoenvironmental reconstruction and analysis to improve our understanding of the potential consequences for the marine environment of the chemical effects of future CO2 emissions.

This FTI helped those working on paleo-environmental studies to understand what kinds of research would have the greatest potential to improve our understanding of the future. Thus, this FTI promoted communication across disciplinary boundaries, allowing cross-fertilization to occur between those working on paleoenvironmental problems and those working on problems associated with the effects of human activities.

It involved participation from SOLAS, IMBER, LOICZ, GLOBEC, IMAGES, IGBP, SCOR and PAGES.

The PAGES Paleo-Ocean Acidification Working Group emerged out of this initiative.

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Harry Elderfield (UK)
Ulf Riebesell (Germany)
Ken Caldeira (USA)
Joanie Kleypas (USA)
Wally Broecker (USA)
Franck Bassinot (France)

IGBP-FTI workshops

1. Ocean Acidification - modern observations and past experiences, 
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, USA (28-30 September 2006) ... more

2. Related: ESF-PAGES Workshop: Atmospheric CO2 Ocean Acidification, and Ecological changes in Planktonic Calcifying Organisms, 
Barcelona, Spain (26-28 September 2007) ... more

3. Related: ESF Strategic Workshop on Impacts of Ocean Acidification, 
Meloneras, Gran Canaria, Spain (28-30 January 2008) ... more