OCB Workshop on Oceanic Methane and Nitrous Oxide: The Present Situation and Future Scenarios

A three day workshop on oceanic methane and nitrous oxide covering chemical analysis, microbial metabolism, and our observational and predictive capabilities was held October 28-31, 2018 at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center.

Workshop overview

Where in the global oceans should spatial and temporal surveys be conducted to discern climatologically-relevant changes in water-column inventories of methane and nitrous oxide?  This is an important question facing oceanographers today. However, attempts to answer this question stimulate many related and relevant queries concerning the production and consumption of methane and nitrous oxide in the ocean. For example, how will their water-column concentrations be influenced by factors such as increasing seawater temperatures, decreasing oxygen concentrations, and changing nutrient loading? Do we have sufficient analytical and observational capacity to conduct robust temporal surveys? Do we sufficiently comprehend the microbial metabolic pathways that produce and consume these two trace gases?

In October 2018, an OCB-sponsored workshop addressed these questions to help determine the future directions of methane and nitrous oxide measurements in the global oceans. The workshop builds off a series of global inter-comparison exercises of nitrous oxide and methane. Participation in the workshop is open to everyone and attendees will be decided based on application. All documents including planning papers, agendas, and presentations will be made available from this website over the forthcoming months.

For more information please contact Sam Wilson (stwilson@hawaii.edu) or any of the steering committee.

Workshop Sponsors

This workshop is an activity of the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program. We gratefully acknowledge workshop sponsors NSF and NASA (OCB Project Office sponsors) and the Moore Foundation. We also gratefully acknowledge SOLAS and SCOR for their financial support to help meet the participant costs of attending the workshop.