Key Topic Areas

Some of the strategic topics addressed in theme sessions could include, but are not limited to:

Characterization and mechanisms of ocean changes in the global climate system.

  • The role of oceans in the global climate system in the past, present and future
  • Paleoclimate perspectives: historic development and also historic effects
  • Large-scale physical and chemical changes in the ocean
  • Detection and attribution of climate-change-related impacts to physical properties and consequences of CO2 and heat uptake

Impacts of changing climate on biological and ecological ocean conditions and related ecosystem services.

  • Impacts of changing climate, ocean acidification and ocean deoxygenation on ocean productivity, marine populations, communities and ecosystems.
  • Adaptation of ocean species and ecosystems to climate change, including physiological responses, changing phenology, range shifts, and alterations to community structure.
  • Impacts of climate change on the vulnerability of species, communities, food-webs and ecosystems to other anthropogenic pressures.
  • Impacts of climate change on high-latitude and tropical ecosystems.
  • Indicator-based frameworks for detecting and responding to climate impacts on ocean ecosystems.
  • Valuation and non-economic assessment of ecosystem services.

Impacts of changing climate on ocean-dependent sectors, coastal livelihoods, societies and economies.

  • Changing social-ecological interactions, feedbacks and interactions between impacts.
  • Approaches for assessing near- and long-term risks to sustainability and other societal goals, including advanced approaches to risk assessment.
  • Ecosystem-based management for a sustainable and equitable ocean economy.
  • Observed and projected impacts to marine resources, coastal communities, and ocean-based industries.

Responding to climate-related changes in ocean conditions through societal, institutional and sectoral adaptations and governance.

  • Adaptation solutions that increase robustness and resilience of coupled biological and social systems; trade-offs and synergies.
  • The role of ocean-climate literacy in the development of adaptation and mitigation strategies.
  • Scales, feasibility and effectiveness of adaptation options.
  • Just and equitable adaptation interventions, risks of maladaptation.
  • Policy interactions with SDGs, the convention of biological diversity, ABNJ and other international policy frameworks.

Extreme and abrupt changes in ocean systems.

  • Occurrence of extreme events attributed to climate change such as tropical storms, polar lows and marine heatwaves.
  • Impacts of extreme events on marine biodiversity (including harmful algal blooms and invasive species) and oceanic and coastal ecosystems and communities.
  • Abrupt responses of ocean ecosystems to gradual climate-induced changes, tipping points and regime shifts.

Advancing methods to observe and project climate drivers and impacts on ocean ecosystems.

  • Progress towards a sustained social-ecological integrated global ocean ecosystem observational and modelling network.
  • Data mobilisation and accessibility challenges and solutions.
  • Ocean and ecosystem climate projections - near and medium term.

Using ocean-based solutions to mitigate climate change.

  • Ocean-based carbon sequestration and storage.
  • Ecosystem-based management of blue carbon ecosystems.
  • Ecosystem restoration and geoengineering solutions for climate change mitigation.
  • Role of ocean renewable energy production and aquaculture in mitigating climate change.

Important Dates
March 28, 2023
March 31, 2023
Deadline All participants will receive emails with access to Whova App. for opening accounts.
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April 5, 2023
Deadline Email recorded talks to PICES Secretariat.
April 10, 2023
Deadline For in-person and on-line presenters to upload their posters on Whova App..
September 30, 2023
Deadline Manuscript sumbission to the ICES Journal of Marine Science for the Special Volume.
January 2023
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January 31, 2023
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    (extended from Jan. 15, 2023)
December 22, 2022
PAST Deadline
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    (For some applicants - January 2023. Thank you for your patience)
December 15, 2022
PAST Deadline Abstract Notification Deadline
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November 5, 2022 (extended)
July 5, 2022
PAST Deadline
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January 31, 2022