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Assessing Status and Trends of Habitats, Key Species and Ecosystems in the Southern Ocean



A core activity of ICED (Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Southern Ocean), a partner program of IMBER and SCAR.


The four Themes of the conference (more detail here) will facilitate contributions from the Antarctic and Southern Ocean marine science community to the 6th Assessment Review (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC), and recent initiatives to assess status and trends in global ocean ecosystems. 

The Conference will also make a significant contribution to the development of Theme 6 Biology of the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) and to updating the SCAR Report on Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment (ACCE). 

A Policy Forum (details here) will be held mid-week of the conference to bring together scientists, fishers, and marine policy makers to develop priorities for marine biological and ecological research over the next two to three decades. The aim is to target research that will deliver science-based advice to support stakeholders and policy-makers.  

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

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

  1. products from individual researchers and research teams and delivered to the conference and compiled into publications;
  2. syntheses from the scientific community in review and position papers for use by the IPCC, CCAMLR, IWC and other bodies;
  3. standard methods and approaches for observing Southern Ocean ecosystems,
  4. increased capability and methods in modelling, statistics and presentation on status and trends to policy makers. 

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Key Dates

These dates are subject to change, please ensure you register your interest (below) and check back regularly.

21 February 2018:  Early bird registration closes

16 March 2018: Registrations close

23 March 2018: Deadline 50% refund

30 March - 3 April 2018: Easter holidays

9-13 April 2018: MEASO18 Conference


The SOKI wiki ( will be a primary forum for organisers in developing and consolidating materials in preparation for the conference and for facilitating research teams in this work.

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