Fram Science Days 10th – 11th November 2015 – program



Tuesday 10th November


Registration and refreshments from 10:00, 2nd floor, Fram Centre

11:00 Welcome and Introduction to Fram Centre Flagship programmes – Jo Aarseth, FRAM High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment.

11:10 Overview and objectives of the conference – Melissa Chierici, Institute of Marine Research.

Session 1: A changing Arctic system

Chair: Melissa Chierici

11:30-  Jacqueline M. Grebmeier (plenary), University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Science.

Multiple Environmental Stressors in a Changing Arctic Ocean

12:10 Helen Johnson, University of Oxford, UK and University of Bergen

Where the ice meets the ocean:  ocean circulation and ice melt around Greenland

12:35 Mats Granskog, Norwegian Polar Institute

Changes in sunlight exposure in the Arctic Ocean – potential effects on biogeochemistry

13:10  Lunch buffet

14:00 Rolf Gradinger, University of Alaska Fairbanks and Institute of Marine Research.

Sea ice primary production in a changing Arctic

14:25 Tore Hatterman, Akvaplan-niva

The role of mesoscale ocean dynamics in Fram Strait for the sea ice-ocean ecosystem"

14:50 Hallvard Strøm, Norwegian Polar Institute

The importance of tidewater glaciers for marine mammals and seabirds

15:15 Coffee break

15:45 Howard Browman, Institute of Marine Research

Applying organized skepticism to ocean acidification research, or some marine organisms will do just fine in a high CO2 world

16:10 Short summary by Lis Jørgensen, Institute of Marine Research.

16:30 Poster session with refreshments

18:30 Dinner and Social event at the Mack beer brewery! Tour, tasting and tapas!


Wednesday 11th November


Session II: Ecosystem changes

Chair: Laura de Steur, Norwegian Polar Institute.

09:00 Raul Primicerio (Plenary) UIT The Arctic University of Norway

Climate warming impact on Barents Sea ecosystem vulnerability.

09:40 Lis L. Jørgensen, Institute of Marine Research.

Multiple impacts on Arctic benthic communities: order in chaos, or chaos in order.

10:05 Hartvig Christie, Norwegian Institute for Water Research.

Climate and crab predation cause large scale changes in the kelp forest – sea urchin system

10:30 Coffee

11.00- Catriona Clemmesen-Bockelmann, GEOMAR, Germany

Effects of ocean acidification on Atlantic cod

11.25 Randi Ingvaldsen, Institute of Marine Research.

Future fisheries in a changing Arctic Ocean?

 11:50 Janne Søreide, UNIS.

Fate of the key Arctic copepod Calanus glacialis in a changning environment.

12:15 Lunch buffet


Session III: Detecting change and possible mitigation

Chair: Lis L Jørgensen, Institute of Marine Research.

13:10 Kick-off introduction to discussion session on ways to detect “a changing Arctic Ocean”

 13:30 Panel and plenary discussion session. Discussion topics:

Observations: Changes in the physical and chemical environment? Do they really have significant impact on valuable marine life, or does resilience rule?

• While scientists objectively observe changes in the ecosystem, are politicians quietly waiting for the catastrophe to happen?

• Is it possible to detect ocean acidification traits from all other multiple stressors on the marine ecosystem?

• How do we find time to monitor changes in the ecosystem, in a scientific world where more time is spent on competition than on finding suitable indicators?

14:15 Summary and closing remarks: Melissa Chierici, Institute of Marine Research.

14:30 Poster session and coffee

16:00 End of conference.

Conference chairs and organizers:

Melissa Chierici (Instiute of Marine Research and the Fram Centre, Flagship leader “Ocean Acidification”). Lis Jørgensen (Instiute of Marine Research and theFram Centre, Flagship leader “Coast and Fjord”). Laura de Steur (Norwegian Polar Instiute and the Fram Centre, “The Arctic Ocean”). Jo Aarseth (The Fram Centre, Flagship coordinator) Helge Markusson (The Fram Centre, outreach coordinator).

The Fram Centre is the short name for FRAM – High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment. The Fram Centre is based in Tromsø, and consists of scientists from 20 institutions involved in interdisciplinary research and outreach in the fields of natural science, technology and social sciences. We contribute to Norway’s sound management of the environment and natural resources in the north – and we aim at excellence in said management. With scientific research as our foundation, we communicate knowledge to management authorities, the business communities and the general public. The centre contributes to strengthening the connection between research and education. The Fram Centre is an important arena nationally as well as internationally, and contributes with inputs on climate-related issues.