Biogeochemical cycling of trace elements within the ocean
A synthesis workshop
1 – 4 August 2016, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY, USA
This workshop will launch a synthesis initiative on the biogeochemical cycling of trace elements and their isotopes within the ocean. We aim to bring together expertise from GEOTRACES, OCB, and the broader oceanographic community of observationalists and modelers to explore the biological–chemical–physical underpinnings of trace element cycling, including (but not limited to) bioavailability, uptake, scavenging, and regeneration. The workshop will identify a small number of high-priority synthesis objectives that can be achieved over the next decade, exploiting the rapidly expanding set of data from GEOTRACES and related studies. The workshop will also outline strategies to reach those goals, which may include new modeling and observational initiatives. Plenary talks at the beginning of the workshop will stimulate discussion in the working groups that follow by presenting relevant background information together with novel hypotheses emerging from new data sets.