May 2-4, 2018 • Woods Hole, MA USA
The world’s oceans are undergoing changes that have never been observed before. Both technological advances and new scientific understanding of these changes are giving insight into how the ocean system works. Marine science is now in a new era of discovery, such as of heretofore unknown ecosystem-carbon cycle links in the mesopelagic zone. It also is an era of rediscovery in ocean regions that no longer resemble those originally found by the early ocean explorers such as Nansen. The Ocean Outlook 2018 meeting aims bring to the forefront new approaches to these old and not-so-old frontiers.
The Ocean Outlook 2018 (OO18) meeting will be held in Woods Hole, 2-4 May 2018. The meeting is open and attracts scientists, industry, policymakers, funders and program managers. In connection with the OO-meetings, we encourage and facilitate collaborative workshops between partners that target joint proposals, scientific papers and other ways to collaborate. To emphasize the importance of these collaborations, the afternoons of Day 2 and Day 3 will be devoted to breakout groups.
This is the 4th Ocean Outlook meeting, a joint effort between Bergen Marine Research Cluster and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) with contributions also from MIT. Ocean Outlook is an annual meeting that alternates between Bergen and Woods Hole that is intended to promote and sustain scientific and educational cooperation between the marine research institutions at these locations. The first Ocean Outlook meeting (OO15) was held in Bergen in 2015 gathering over 100 attendees. The second meeting (OO16) was held in Woods Hole with the theme, “Icy Oceans”. The theme for OO17 was ‘Seeing under water’ and was held in Bergen. All Ocean Outlook meetings have included presentations by leading international experts on marine sciences and environmental changes, and provided round-table scientific discussions addressing important issues regarding the status of the oceans, current challenges and those on the horizon, and the possible solutions.