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 to be held during October 28-31, 2018 at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center.
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 will address 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.
We will be receiving applications to attend the workshop from mid-April onwards and the application deadline will be 1 June 2018.
This workshop is an activity of the Ocean Carbon Biogeochemistry (OCB) program, which is funded by NSF and NASA. We are also grateful to SOLAS and SCOR for their financial support to help meet the participant costs of attending the workshop.