Monday, May 23, 2016
08:00 – 19:00
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
08:00 – 17:00
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
08:00 – 12:30
14:00 – 16:00 (optional report writing session)
Motivation for this workshop began with the recognition that instrumental records are insufficient to study the multidecadal variability of Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), and a strengthened collaboration between the physical oceanography and the paleoceanography communities is needed to further AMOC research.
We aim to combine the expertise of both the modern and paleoceanographic communities to explore the state of knowledge of AMOC over a range of timescales. A main goal will be to identify promising, potentially synergistic research directions to improve our understanding of AMOC and its relationship to climate variability. Major challenges we will focus on are: understanding decadal to century scale variations of the AMOC, variations on these timescales during recent millennia, the history of AMOC changes during the Holocene, the mechanisms driving AMOC variability and changes, and the global and regional scale AMOC impacts. We hope to spark new research ideas across the disciplinary divide and promote new collaborations and cooperative research among participants. Potential questions for breakout and discussion sessions include:
The meeting is open to the international science community interested in contributing to the discussion but is limited to approximately 60 attendees. A brief application is required for all participants and will be reviewed by the Organizing Committee. We aim to have approximately equal attendance by representatives of the modern and paleoceanographic communities, and participation by scientists with all types of diversity: nationality, ethnicity, career stage, institution type, gender, etc. Applications were due January 21, 2016.
A few invited speakers will give talks, but most presentations at the meeting will be via poster sessions to encourage interactive discussions of current research. Poster presentations will be advertised via one-slide, 2-minute mini-talks before the poster sessions. All attendees will be encouraged to submit an abstract to present a poster. The findings and recommendations made in the breakout groups will be disseminated to the wider scientific community in a workshop report and a review paper put together by a subset of workshop participants who are interested in participating in post-meeting writing assignments.
Hali Kilbourne (Chair), University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Ian Hall, Cardiff University, UK
Patrick Heimbach, University of Texas at Austin
Delia Oppo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Andreas Schmittner, Oregon State University
Rong Zhang, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Mike Patterson, US CLIVAR
Jill Reisdorf, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Kristan Uhlenbrock, US CLIVAR
This is a joint workshop funded by US CLIVAR, NSF Marine Geology and Geophysics Program, and PAGES.