June 10, 2022
The OCB Project Office is busy getting ready for OCB2022 later this month, so this issue of the Exchange is shorter than usual. However, we are keeping updated lists of Jobs, Events, Meetings, and Student Opportunities on the OCB website. If you've recently shared an opportunity with us and you don't see it on, please reach out. Thank you for your patience! Feedback always welcome.

OCB Summer Workshop - sign up for live streaming (free!)
The OCB Summer Workshop will take place June 20-23, 2022 in Woods Hole, MA. We will live-stream all plenary sessions, stay tuned for a detailed agenda and more info.

Not joining us in Woods Hole? You don't have to miss out - we'll live stream all plenary sessions. Register for the Zoom (one link for all days). Zoom streaming is free! Recordings will be posted in July/Aug.

OCB2022 Plenary Topics
Filling the gaps in observation-based estimates of air–sea carbon fluxes Co-chairs: Galen McKinley (Columbia University, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory), Peter Landschützer (Max Planck Institute for Meteorology), Tim DeVries (UCSB)

Tidal Carbon Exports from Coastal Wetlands as a Significant Component of Blue Carbon Sequestration Co-chairs: Aleck Wang (WHOI), Jaime Palter (URI), Maria Tzortziou (CUNY/CCNY) Xinping Hu (TAMUCC), Jeff Bowman (SIO)

Extreme Ocean Events Co-chairs: Patrick Rafter (UCI), Victoria Coles (VIMS), Randie Bundy (UW)

Coastal Observing Systems to Understand and Predict Ecosystem Changes Co-chairs: Charlie Stock (NOAA GFDL), Dreux Chappell (ODU), Jeff Bowman (SIO), Susanne Craig (NASA GSFC)

Our Evolving Understanding of Biologically Mediated Carbon Export Co-chairs: Susanne Menden-Deuer (URI), Emily Osborne (NOAA AOML), Seth Bushinsky (UH)

Find the streaming agenda below, and the full agenda and more on the workshop website.

Register for Zoom OCB2022 live stream
OCB2022 Streaming Agenda at a Glance

Monday June 20

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • AM Plenary: Closing gaps in quantification of the ocean carbon sink (Speakers: Peter Landschützer, Galen McKinley, Lydi Keppler, Ray Najjar, Seth Bushinsky, Adrienne Sutton)
  • PM Plenary: Extreme ocean events (Speakers: Victoria Coles, Nicholas Gruber, Regina Rodrigues, Pincelli Hull, Greg Britten)

Tuesday June 21

  • Agency updates and Q&A (NSF, NASA, NOAA)
  • All day plenary: Evolving understanding of biological carbon export (Speakers: David Siegel, Charlotte Laufkötter, Colleen Durkin, Debbie Steinberg, Martina Doblin, Heather McNair, Jessica Luo, Grace Saba, Flavia Boscolo-Galazzo, Tristan Cordier)


Wednesday June 22

  • AM Plenary: Tidal carbon exports from coastal wetlands as a significant component of blue carbon sequestration (Speakers: Z. Aleck Wang, Isaac Santos, Kevin Kroeger, Patty Oikawa, Amanda Spivak)
  • Building big programs: Varying pathways to success
  • Learning the Earth with Artificial Intelligence and Physics (LEAP) Science & Technology Center
  • Chemical Currencies of a Microbial Planet (C-CoMP) Science & Technology Center
  • BioGeoSCAPES Accelnet and associated ‘Omics intercalibration and intercomparison activities

Thursday June 23

  • AM Plenary: Coastal observing to understand and predict ecosystem changes (Speakers: Charlie Stock, Jon Hare, Susan Wijffels, Susanne Craig, Adrienne Sutton, Grace Saba, Z. Aleck Wang, Clarissa Anderson)
  • Closing remarks and workshop conclusion

See the full agenda

OCB Science Highlights
What can algae tell us about translating laboratory science to nature?
Read the highlight and paper, resulting from the OCB 2018 Ocean Acidification PI Meeting, in ICES Journal of Marine Science by Heather N. Page, Keisha D. Bahr, Tyler Cyronak, Elizabeth B. Jewett, Maggie D. Johnson, and Sophie J. McCoy.
Comparing directional responses of individuals and communities to acidification in laboratory and field settings highlights mismatches. Specifically, field studies document higher proportion of negative responses compared to laboratory experiments. We provide a series of recommendations for future research to better bridge this gap of understanding in responses to ocean acidification. Figure modified from Page et al. 2022.
Powerful new tools for working with Argo data
Read the highlight and view more helpful links in the post, by Jonathan Sharp, Hartmut Frenzel, Marin Cornec, Yibin Huang, and Andrea Fassbender.
Also see the related post: GO-BGC celebrates its first anniversary
Example figures created using the OneArgo-Mat toolbox: (A) the trajectory of a float deployed in the North Atlantic from the R/V Johan Hjort in May of 2019, (B) a time series of dissolved oxygen at 80 dbars from that float, and (C) a vertical section plot of nitrate concentrations along the float track from the surface to 300 dbars. The black contour line in panel C denotes the mixed layer depth (MLD) based on a temperature criterion and the red line denotes the depth of the time series shown in panel B. The effects of seasonal phytoplankton blooms are evident in panel C, with mixed layer shoaling in the spring followed by drawdown of nitrate in the surface ocean. Panel B shows that, as the mixed layer deepens through the winter, the oxygen concentration at 80 dbars increases as a result of the oxygenated surface waters reaching that depth. The MATLAB code to download the required data and create all of these plots is shown (D).
News from the OCB Project Office

Promoting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion

New Activity - express your interest in mCDR

Upcoming Workshop: Problem solving in marine carbon dioxide removal (mCDR): Identifying important questions and capabilities for studying new human perturbations to the ocean carbon system

Limiting warming to levels that avoid extreme risk (1.5 - 2°C) will require removing multiple gigatons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year, on top of immediate and substantial reductions of greenhouse emissions (SR1.5: IPCC, 2018).

Two linked OCB activities designed to marshal the ocean biogeochemistry community to set priorities in marine carbon dioxide removal (mCDR): a workshop designed to both educate and challenge our colleagues to engage mCDR research and and a working group to begin setting benchmarks for problem-solving.

Overall, the aim of the paired workshop and working group is to move beyond calls for more research that identifies unknowns, and transition to solutions-based blueprints and best practices to resolve key issues. One benefit will be a networked international community of practice that can work together to address important interdisciplinary questions in CDR research. Second, this community should go beyond scientific researchers, to include agency and governance voices from the beginning. Ultimately, our research outputs should inform evidence-based decision making, so it will be essential to understand decision points and needs to scale research projects. Including those voices and needs from the outset will help the OCB community accelerate the transition of scientific research to public benefit, an especially important factor given the urgency of this problem.

The workshop will be held September 26-30, 2022 at URI. The workshop application will open soon. If this sounds interesting to you and you'd like to stay informed about the workshop, please fill out our expression of interest form to help us gauge community interest and ensure that you are notified when the workshop application opens.
Submit your interest in mCDR Workshop

New GO-BGC webinar series - next webinar June 29
This webinar series, hosted by GO-BGC and the OCB Project Office, aims to build and support a growing community of biogeochemical float data users.

GO-BGC Science Webinar 2: Understanding ecological dynamics using BGC-Argo data
June 29, 10 AM Pacific/ 1 PM Eastern  REGISTER

Yui Takeshita (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute):  An update for GO-BGC program

Mariana Bif (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute): The impact of heatwaves on the northeast Pacific ecosystem

Nicholas Bock (Columbia University): Biogeographical classification of the global ocean from BGC-Argo Floats

Marin Cornec (NOAA Pacific Environmental Laboratory): Dynamics of the deep chlorophyll maxima at a global scale based on bio-optical measurements of BGC-Argo floats

Community Discussion about best practices, challenges, and future perspectives of using BGC-Argo data to advance our understanding of ecological dynamics and the footprint of progressive climate change on the ocean

Watch the recording of the GO-BGC introduction webinar on the OCB website and YouTube Channel.
Next Mixotrophy Working Group meeting July 11: Remote Sensing
Next meeting is July 11, 11:00-12:30 EDT: Remote Sensing (speakers and registration information will be announced on the WG webpage).

Save the date: OCB Scoping Workshop C-saw Time domain controls on carbon storage, release, and transformation in coastal and estuarine waters following extreme events
The aim of this OCB Scoping Workshop is to push forward our knowledge of extreme weather and fire effects on coastal carbon cycling. This will bring together a diverse group of scientists to build a community of monitors/observers, experimentalists, and modelers to address these challenging knowledge gaps across these spatial and temporal domains. Learn more

October 23-26, 2022 at North Carolina State Univ. in Raleigh, NC (in person)

Confirmed plenary speakers for the workshop are as follows (by theme):

  • Storms: Ken Kunkel (NOAA), Lisamarie Windham-Myers (USGS)
  • Ecosystems: Greg Noe (USGS), David Lagomasino (ECU)
  • Modeling: Julia Moriarty (Univ. Colorado), Douglas Hamilton (Cornell)
  • Wildfires: Erin Hanan (UNR), Sasha Wagner (RPI)

The workshop application will open in July. If this sounds interesting to you and you'd like to stay informed about the workshop, please fill out our expression of interest form to help us gauge community interest and ensure that you are notified when the workshop application opens.

Submit C-saw Workshop expression of interest form
Community Announcements
We are saddened to say goodbye to Dr Iris Anderson, a titan in her field and inspiration to generations of scientists. (read more)

NASA announcements

1. Seeking community input on MODIS data termination

2. Changes to Ocean Color Data Web Portal:

- New landing page ( with various search and download tools and access points

- Direct Data Access ( Top-level of information displayed will be Data Type or Data Level; following that will be Mission > Year > Day for each categor

3. Sept. 14-15, 2022: PACE Applications Workshop (virtual) - registration is open

4. Introductory NASA webinars on monitoring aquatic vegetation:
Introductory Webinar: Monitoring Aquatic Vegetation with Remote Sensing - July 12, 14, & 19, 11:00-12:30 EDT (UTC-4)  Register    
Webinar Introductorio: Monitoreo de la Vegetación Acuática con Teledetección - Los días 12, 14, y 19 de julio, 14:00h a 15:30h horario este de EE.UU. (UTC-4)   Registrarse

AGU new document regarding development of an Ethical Framework for Climate Intervention. It includes direct reference to Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) and includes the ocean prominently. 
“AGU is not taking a position about specific climate interventions,” said Randy W. Fiser, AGU’s chief executive officer and executive director. “Also, by no means should any proposed work in this area be undertaken as a substitute for aggressive actions on carbon dioxide emissions reduction. We are making the case that an ethical framework should be used as society weighs options for managing and responding to climate change.”
Press release

NSF Frontiers in Ocean Sciences Symposium
June 15, 1:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Newly endorsed Ocean Decade Actions!


Announcing BCO-DMO's New Online Submission Tool
Special issue call for papers in GBC on fjords
Call for Abstracts! Frontiers for Young Minds: The Ocean Collection
TOS:  Ocean Observing: Call for Letters of Interest
1. Observations for Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal (mCDR)
2. Patterns and Trends in Ocean Biodiversity Under Climate Change
3. The Economic Consequences of Ocean Acidification on Marine Food and Tourism
4. Assessing the Damage Caused by Marine Plastic Pollution
5. Ocean Observations for Coastal Hazard Warning
6. Environmental DNA Technology (Guest Editor for this section is Annette Govindarajan from WHOI)
Short expressions of interest to contribute articles are due June 20
New Funding Opportunities

NSF Dear Colleague Letter - Regional Innovation Engines (NSF Engines) Program

New Request for Proposals: Supporting Technologies for Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement - Additional Ventures and Ocean Visions are partnering with a consortium of funders to identify innovative solutions that could enable safe, cost-efficient, and scalable ocean alkalinity enhancement. Up to $1.5M per team. Deadline for pre-proposals is 7/15/22
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