The Ocean in a +2°C world - An analytical perspective

Stockholm, Sweden

A symposium, titled "The Ocean in a +2°C world - An analytical perspective" will be held on 22 February 2018 from 08:30-17:00 in Stockholm, Sweden.


Beijer Hall, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Lilla Frescativägen 4A


In this symposium, the potential evolution of the ocean in warming climate will be addressed. Learn from the geological past as well as from the present knowledge in oceanography, carbon- and ecosystem sciences and numerical modeling.

Global warming is a great challenge for humankind. Most countries have therefore signed an agreement to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in order to keep and the average atmospheric temperature increase from ever reaching 2 °C, preferentially staying below 1.5 °C. Less discussed is that the ocean warming accounts for more than 90% of the total energy stored from global warming from 1971 to 2010 (IPCC AR5). This large change will continue in the future as long as the concentrations of greenhouse gases continue to increase. The atmospheric temperature will most likely continue to rise, but what will the effects in the ocean be? Temperature fronts will change as will the vertical ocean stratification with likely impacts on ocean currents. These and other changes related to an ocean warming will affect the ecosystem, including carbon fluxes within the ocean and exchange with the atmosphere.


Stephanie Dutkiewicz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Kristina M. Gjerde, IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme
Christoph Heinze, University of Bergen, Norway
Sverker Jagers, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Larry Mayer, University of New Hampshire, USA
Paul Pearson, Cardiff University, UK
Peter Schlosser, Columbia University, USA

Further information

The symposium is free of charge and open to the public but registration is required for all participants.

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