GLOBEC Open Science Meeting

Paris, 17-20 March 1998


GLOBEC (Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics) was adopted in 1995 by IGBP as a new Core Project, with co-sponsorship from SCOR and IOC. Its goal is to advance our understanding of the structure and functioning of the global ocean ecosystem, its major subsystems, and its response to physical forcing so that a capability can be developed to forecast the responses of the marine ecosystem to global change. Objectives and research foci of GLOBEC are laid down in the Science Plan which will shortly be published.


During 1997, the Scientific Steering Committee of GLOBEC, in collaboration with GLOBEC key researchers, will develop an Implementation Plan for GLOBEC. The First Open Science Meeting of GLOBEC will serve to present a draft of this Implementation Plan to the international science community and provide a forum for its discussion, and for feedback.


The Meeting will feature invited plenary key note presentations on GLOBEC, its major subprojects and and their implementation. In parallel sessions, additional invited contributions in smaller groups will address specific topics such as regional GLOBEC initiatives, relationships with other IGBP Core Projects (e.g. JGOFS, LOICZ, PAGES) and other programmes such as WCRP (WOCE, CLIVAR), GOOS, the Large Marine Ecosystems Project (LME) and the International Human Dimension Programme (IHDP). GLOBEC researchers are encouraged to display contributed posters on concepts, results and conclusions of their own research. One session will be devoted to training, education and capacity building within GLOBEC.


The Meeting is open to any individual scientist interested in GLOBEC. It is organised by the Scientific Steering Committee of GLOBEC with the joint co-sponsorship of IGBP, the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). Support for a limited number of scientists from developing countries may be available.

Organising Committee

Professor Dag Aksnes (Norway), Dr Jürgen Alheit (Germany), Dr Roger Harris (United Kingdom), Dr Tsumotu Ikeda (Japan), Dr Ian Perry (Canada), and Dr Qisheng Tang (China).

Date and Venue

The GLOBEC Open Science Meeting will be held 17-20 March 1998 at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of Unesco, Paris, France.

Further Information

Chairman of the GLOBEC Scientific Steering Committee: Dr. Roger Harris, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Prospect Place, Plymouth PL1 3DH, England. Tel: +44-1752-633 400, Fax: +44-1752-633 101, e-mail: