International Workshop on Western Boundary Current – Subtropical Continental Shelf Interactions

May 22-24, 2023
Savannah, Ga. 

In the major ocean basins, energetic western boundary currents (WBC) adjacent to subtropical continental shelves (STCS) interact strongly with bathymetry, resulting in first order consequences to shelf biochemistry and ecosystem response. Comparative analysis of the physical forcing and biochemical/ecological ramifications between the different ocean/shelf settings has the potential to reveal common and contrasting underlying properties and their sensitivity to climatic perturbations in ways that fragmented attention to individual system idiosyncrasies cannot. We believe the time is right to consider these systems as parallel global marine ecosystems and to develop a coherent international strategy to assess their function and contributions to global carbon cycles.

The overall goal of this workshop is to convene a globally diverse group of researchers to discuss the state of knowledge of WBC-STCS ecosystems and to identify strategies for coordinating observational and research objectives to advance understanding of these dynamic regions. In-person participation is limited to <100. Some travel support for early career scientists and students will be available

The precise themes to be explored within the workshop will depend upon the final mix of participants, but there are numerous overarching research themes that connect the various regions.

•Identifying common STCS ecosystem characteristics, drivers and responses,
•Developing research approaches that can be applied successfully across systems,
•Quantifying production, cross-shelf transport, and export in STCS ecosystems,
•Responding to observational and modeling challenges posed by WBCs,
•Predicting ecosystem responses to changes in climate and boundary current transport.

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Workshop Steering Committee

William Savidge – Univ. of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, USA
Catherine Edwards –  Univ. of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, USA
Dana Savidge – Univ. of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, USA
Ian Suthers – University of New South Wales, Australia
Moninya Roughan – MetOcean Solutions, New Zealand
Xinyu Guo – Ehime University, Japan
Ilson da Silveira – University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dezhou Yang – Chinese Academy of Sciences, PRC