Marine Ecosystem Assessment for the Southern Ocean – International Conference, Hobart 2018

  • December 2017

Work has started on MEASO18 – the Marine Ecosystem Assessment for the Southern Ocean – an international conference that will assess the status and trends of habitats, key species and ecosystems in the Southern Ocean.

The outcomes are expected to provide significant input to the Committee on Environment Protection (CEP), Scientific Committee for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (SC-CAMLR), the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee (IWC) and other organisations interested in the management and conservation of Southern Ocean ecosystems.

The assessment is based around four themes and will culminate in an international conference to be held in Hobart, 9-13 April 2018 ( The themes are:

  1. Assessments of status and trends in habitats, species and ecosystems, and the causes of change.
  2. Responses of species to changing habitats, including ocean acidification, sea ice and temperature (with respect to physiology, life history, behaviour and?interactions).
  3. Modelling and analytical methods to assess status and trends (including patterns, species modeling, food web modelling and end-to-end model inter-comparisons.
  4. Implementation of observing systems to estimate dynamics and change (including essential variables, field methods and standardization, analytical methods, overall design and plans for benchmarking Southern Ocean ecosystems).

These themes aim to facilitate contributions of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean marine science community to the next assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and recent initiatives to assess status and trends in global ocean ecosystems.

MEASO2018 also aims to make a significant contribution to the development of the Southern Ocean Observing System (Theme 6: Biology) and for updating the SCAR Report on Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment.

Products will be developed for each theme, and will include:

  • Products from individual researchers and research teams, delivered to the conference and compiled into publications.
  • Syntheses from the scientific community in the form of review and position papers for use by the IPCC, CCAMLR, IWC and other bodies.
  • Standard methods and approaches for observing Southern Ocean ecosystems.
  • Increased capability and methods in modelling, statistics and presentation on status and trends to policy makers.

This is a core event for ICED (Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Southern Ocean – a partner program of IMBeR and SCAR) and arises from work programs in ICED, SOOS, and SCAR.

The MEASO2018 conference will take place in Hobart over five days at the C3 Convention Centre, 9-13 April, 2018. The format will include presentations, workshops and a policy forum.

For more information or to submit an abstract go to: The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended to December 15, 2017.

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