Our oceans provide a range of goods and services for human societies. However, marine ecosystems are changing at unprecedented rates, driven by a combination of climate pressures and direct anthropogenic impacts like fishing and coastal development. These impacts are modifying the productivity and biodiversity of marine ecosystems in ways that threaten their resilience and sustainability. The effects of both natural and anthropogenic pressures are expected to continue and probably intensify in many regions. Models of the socio-ecological system interactions, considering the combined effects of multiple drivers, will help us understand and project these potential impacts into the future. Because social-ecological system models and related indicators provide information necessary to anticipate potential future change in marine environments and to deal with this change to the best of our ability. To maintain marine ecosystem services these social-ecological models are critical for developing workable yet flexible management approaches and policy decisions.

Participants

This is an interdisciplinary summer school and we welcome applications from students and early-career researchers (up to 10 years post PhD) in natural and social sciences who are interested in modelling and interpreting change in global oceans. Participants with interests in topics including for example, oceanography, biogeochemistry, fisheries, climate change and social and economic aspects of marine ecosystems are encouraged to apply. If you are interested in finding out about practical ways of dealing with the challenges arising from working across social and natural science disciplines, and communicating with decision makers, then you should apply to participate in the ClimEco5 summer school!

Lecturers

A team of multidisciplinary experts from the natural and social sciences will share their perspectives and approaches to marine science. These include:

Ronaldo Angelini, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Adriana Carvalho, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Marta Coll, MARBEC MARine Biodiversity, Exploitation and Conservation, France
Christopher Cvitanovic, University of Tasmania, Australia
Beth Fulton, CSIRO, Australia
Maria Grazia Pennino, Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Spain
Priscila Lopes, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Rashid Sumaila, University of British Columbia, Canada
Paul Suprenand, Mote Marine Laboratory, USA
Ingrid van Putten, CSIRO and University of Tasmania, Australia

Topics

Topics that will be covered during the summer school include:

Delineating the issues of climate change and impacts on marine ecosystems

Biogeochemical and oceanographic processes
Marine ecological processes
Overview of climate change processes and pressures on marine ecosystems
Impacts of climate and change in marine systems on society
Economic impacts of global change

Modelling approaches for different data from natural and social sciences

Overview of Earth system models
Ecopath, Ecosim and Ecospace
Global/regional socio-economic models
Modelling approaches (Bayesian and qualitative models)
Modelling approaches (Agent based and network models)

Spatial modeling

End-to-end models
Spatial modelling of ecosystem services (inVEST)
Coupling models

Indicators, data analysis methods and applied statistical techniques

Indicator basics
Social, economic and ecological indicators
Translation into decision criteria
Detecting trends, thresholds, non linearity and tipping points in data
Basic non parametric statistics (PCA – clusters, etc.)

Using science in management

The psychology of communication: what works and what doesn´t
Marine science communication
Engaging with policy and decision-makers
Social psychology and behavioural economics

How to apply

Download and complete the application form from the link below and send it with a short CV (in English, two pages max.) and a reference letter from your supervisor or employer, to Lisa Maddison at the IMBER International Project Office ([email protected]) before 31 March 2016.
ClimEco5_Application_Form.doc 57.50 kB

Fees and funding

The registration fee for the summer school is 250 Euros for students and 350 Euros for early career researchers.

Some funding is available. Successful applicants will be able to apply for travel support. More information will be provided once the participants have been notified.

Website : http://www.imber.info/index.php/Early-Career/IMBER-Summer-Schools/ClimEco5-August-2016-Natal-Brazil#sponsors

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