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Workshop on Terrestrial and Coastal Carbon Fluxes in the Gulf of Mexico

Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:23 am America/New_York
by OB.DAAC - SeanBailey
Dear Colleagues:

The Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) program ( )
is soliciting your input toward a workshop to promote Integrated Study of
Terrestrial and Coastal Carbon Fluxes and Exchanges in the Gulf of Mexico.
The OCB has identified Coastal Carbon Fluxes as one of its research
priorities for 2008, and will sponsor a science scoping workshop to be held
May 6-8, 2008 in St. Petersburg, FL. The meeting will be co-hosted by the
USGS Florida Integrated Science Center St Petersburg and the College of
Marine Science of the University of South Florida. The deadline to apply is
March 24, 2008.

MOTIVATION: The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers to
discuss potential integrated research projects relating to carbon fluxes and
exchange in the Gulf of Mexico that support the OCB mission. The scope of
the workshop will be developed by the workshop Steering Committee with input
from both terrestrial and ocean carbon research communities. A few of the
key questions associated with this topic are listed at the end of this

LOGISTICS AND TIMING: Drs. Lisa Robbins and Paula Coble are organizing the
workshop and logistics and registration will be posted on the website OCB will provide funding for the
workshop, including a limited amount of funding for participant travel

WORKSHOP PRODUCTS: A formal report on the workshop findings, based on
participant input, will be written and posted on the OCB website shortly
after the workshop.

Please help make this workshop successful by providing your suggestions to
the organizers on key questions and topics that need to be addressed.

The following priority research topics were identified at a recent Ocean
Carbon and Biogeochemistry Workshop, held in Woods Hole, MA on 23-26 July

1. Do continental margins represent a conduit for the large carbon signal
that is currently unaccounted for in the terrestrial continental carbon
2. What are the magnitudes and uncertainties of coastal carbon signals and
to what extent will incorporation of more precise and accurate assessments
of coastal carbon budgets into larger scale models improve the overall
estimates of global carbon fluxes?
3. How important are the intricacies of the shelf processes (lateral
transport or cross shelf exchange, denitrification and nitrogen fixation,
benthic processes, and ballasting of carbon and other elements by lithogenic
materials) in regulating coastal carbon budgets?
4. What are the impacts of climate change and resource management on
watershed dynamics and coastal ecological processes, and what are the
potential implications for biogeochemical cycles (including carbon)?

In addition to these four questions, we also seek to identify key processes
that tie the land carbon cycle to the ocean carbon cycle. We especially
encourage the NACP community to join the OCB community in planning and
attending this workshop.

To apply, please write in one page or less how you think you could
contribute to the meeting and send it to Mary Zawoysky at by March 24, 2008. The workshop steering committee
will then review all applications and make a decision. The meeting is limited
by venue and
funding to 70 people and the steering committee is trying to ensure that
there is an equal balance of people in each of the focus areas. Everyone
that applies will be contacted by March 28, 2007.

Thanks for your interest and assistance!

Paula G. Coble
(University of South Florida,
Lisa Robbins
(U.S. Geological Survey, Florida Integrated Science Center, St. Petersburg,