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2nd INCISE Symposium on Submarine Canyons

2nd INCISE Symposium on Submarine Canyons | 29th Sept - 1st Oct 2014

Between 29th September and 1st October 2014, the British Geological Survey (BGS) will proudly host the 2nd INCISE Symposium on Submarine Canyons in Edinburgh. Through traditional conference style oral and poster presentations, and break out working-group discussions, scientists will come together to discuss the major themes surrounding Submarine Canyon research.

The organising committee unites Heather Stewart and Sophie Green of the British Geological Survey with Jaime Davies (the University of Plymouth), Veerle Huvenne (National Oceanography Centre) and Lenaick Menot (IFREMER). The symposium scientific committee is an exciting combination of Rob Hall from the University of East Anglia), Nathalie Valette-Silver (NOAA) Joshu Moutjoy of NIWA, Aaron Micallef from the University of Malta , Peter Harris of Geoscience Australia, Geoscience Australia and Steve Ross from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

The symposium will address some key questions, such as:

  1. Are human impacts on the seabed and its biodiversity comparable to those that occur naturally?

    The symposium will compare natural geological and physical disturbance and their impact on biological communities to the impacts of anthropogenic disturbance.

  2. What is the scientific evidence that submarine canyons act as species refuges?

    Focus groups will come together at the symposium to share biological and oceanographic evidence, and to discuss whether submarine canyons act as species refuges. Coordinated sampling and monitoring will also be discussed to examine how we, as scientists, can collaborate to effectively map and analyse submarine canyon environments.

  3. How Can We Protect Those Species?

    Finally, the symposium will look forward to how policy can be developed for submarine canyon conservation. With detailed sampling and mapping, we have a clearer idea on the biodiversity and processes that occur in these complex submarine environments, and so we are able to offer guidance to policy makers as to the areas that must be conserved.

The event will be a great opportunity to come together and share research, findings and ideas in the spirit of scientific collaboration. The aim would be to come away with action plans for how to move forward in submarine canyon research and conservation.

Abstract submission and registration for the 2nd INCISE Symposium on Submarine Canyons opens this month. Abstracts must be submitted by 1st July 2014, and early-bird registration closes on 1st August 2014. Late registration closes on 1st September 2014.

If you would like more information about the 2nd International Symposium on Submarine Canyons, visit the INCISE website, or contact the BGS. Keep a look out for updates and news in the lead up to the event.