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SCAR XXXV WP25: Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Southern Ocean (ICED) Report

SCAR XXXV Delegates Meeting, Davos, Switzerland, 25-26 June 2018

SCAR XXXV WP25: Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Southern Ocean (ICED) Report

Agenda Item: 4.4.7.

Person Responsible: E. Murphy et al.

 

Executive Summary

Authors

Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Southern Ocean programme (ICED).

Summary of activities from 2016-18 and other important issues

ICED is a regional programme of Future Earth and the Scientific Committee on Ocean Research’s (SCOR) Integrated Marine Biosphere Research programme (IMBeR), and is a Co-sponsored Group of SCAR. ICED is undertaking integrated circumpolar analyses to improve our understanding of change and the implications for Southern Ocean ecosystems and their management. By providing a focus for linking Southern Ocean research communities across disciplines a diverse range of science is underway. Recent highlights include an expanding body of research on key species and food webs, on the links between biogeochemistry and ecology, and on the effects of change. ICED’s current major focus is to build on this to comprehensively assess (and where possible quantify) the impacts of change on Southern Ocean ecosystems. This will be achieved through the analysis and integration of available data together with the development of models, scenarios and projections. These activities and outputs will provide valuable information for ecosystem-based management and policy. A summary of key ICED scientific highlights during the ten years since its inception was presented at the ICED-sponsored conference on Marine Ecosystem Assessment of the Southern Ocean (MEASO) held in April 2018.

Recommendations

ICED wishes to continue to work with SCAR to complement and add value to our work, learn from shared experience, and collectively address common goals. We would like SCAR to particularly note the mutually beneficial opportunities for strengthening interactions and collaborations with ICED. This includes (i) our ongoing work with the Commission for the Conservation of Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP), see below Plans and Linkages, and (ii) our work on models, scenarios and projections of change in Southern Ocean ecosystems (including our recent Projections Workshop (April 2018) and the ICED-sponsored MEASO Conference (April 2018)). As such we recommend that where possible, SCAR encourages, endorses and participates in relevant ongoing and upcoming ICED activities (see below).

Summary Budget 2017 to 2020

No budget request