Structure and contents – V Edition – 2017

For the 2017 edition this central topic will be Spatial and temporal patterns in physical-biological oceanic processes: from scale interaction to the rise of the living ocean (RMSC-2017)

Final program Ramon Margalef Summer Colloquia 2017

Structure

The topic of the 2017 Ramon Margalef Summer Colloquium will be “Spatial and temporal patterns in physical-biological oceanic processes: from scale interaction to the rise of the living ocean”. The colloquium will be organized around five vital processes to the living ocean, as they set the distribution of the external fluxes of material, energy and entropy. Four of these processes are the basic blocks that self-organize the living ocean, while the fifth process (the human factor) is truly conditioning the current response of the system:

a- Spatial structures maximizing property fluxes (material and energy input, flows through turbulence and currents),

b- Pulsating patterns and bloom dynamics (external forcing and internal response, physical and biological rhythmicity),

c- Biogeochemical recycling and primary production (chemical cycling, metabolism and the ocean’s thermodynamic state),

d- Community structure and resilience (species diversity and distribution, interactions, connectivity and food webs),

e- Anthropogenic effect (warming, acidification, deoxygenation, changes in primary production).

 

All the above processes take place at different spatio-temporal scales, which run from the microscale to global scales:

 

1- From the Kolmogorov scale to the microscale

2- Fine structure to submesoscale

3- Mesoscale

4- Regional and global scales

 

The colloquium will be boosted by two half-a-day workshops (‘scientific writing’ and ‘communicating science’) and practical sessions on:

P1- Laboratory and field experiments to study biological response to physical forcing

P2- Tools for analyzing physical-biological interactions in the ocean: models and statistics

 

The students will be organized in groups of five people to work on one of the above vital processes. Students will be asked to prepare materials on this process previous to the colloquium; the working method will be carefully explained to each participant upon final acceptance. These materials will be discussed and completed during the colloquium with the support of three senior lecturers and one assistant researcher. One main objective of the colloquium is to come out with a white paper on “spatial and temporal patterns in physical-biological oceanic processes”, identifying process interactions at different scales and their role on the rise of the complex living ocean.

 

The Ramon Margalef Colloquium is a ‘capacity building and training’ activity. The main objective of the colloquium is to provide an open forum for the exchange of non-traditional ideas between senior and junior researchers. In the 2017 event, young and senior researchers will together participate in an open and frank debate of those processes and interactions that set the complexity of the ocean ecosystems at many different spatial and temporal scales. The colloquium shall also enhance the synergy and contacts between researchers, which will undoubtedly help the undertaking of future joint ventures.

 

Contents

The 10-day Colloquium will be from Monday 3 July to Wednesday 12 July. It is structured into conferences-debate on vital processes, practical sessions and workshops, supervised work and student presentations. A brief description follows (social activities are italicized):

 

Monday 3 July

- Morning:

Welcome and logistic issues

Presentation on the figure and thinking of Ramon Margalef

Introductory conference on physical-biological interactions at different scales by Josep L. Pelegrí

Student presentations on their own work: first part (5 minute per student)

- Afternoon:

Student presentations on their own work: second part (5 minute per student)

Students (groups of 5 students) and advisors gather to start working on previously selected process

Ice-breaker reception

 

Tuesday 4 July

- Morning:

Conferences by Diego Macías (Abstract), Elisa Berdalet (Abstract) and Luke Skinner (Abstract) on type-b processes: pulsating patterns and bloom dynamics.

Open debate between participants

- Afternoon:

Conferences by Alban Lazar (Abstract), Joan Llort (Abstract), and Francesc Peters (Abstract) on type-a processes: spatial structures maximizing property fluxes.

Open debate between participants

Cultural event

 

Wednesday 5 July

- Morning:

Conferences by Nicolas Gruber (Abstract), Celia Marrasé (Abstract) and Eric Galbraith (Abstract) on type-c processes: biogeochemical recycling and primary production

Open debate between participants

Lunch together

- Afternoon (two groups of 15 students each):

Conferences by Dolors Vaqué (Abstract), Pedro Cermeño (Abstract) and Marta Coll (Abstract) on type-d processes: community structure and resilience

Open debate between participants

 

Thursday 6 July

- Morning:

Conferences by Carles Pelejero (Abstract), Jordi Solé (Abstract) and Beatriz Reguera (Abstract) on type-e processes: anthropogenic effect

Open debate between participants

- Afternoon:

Group presentations of results from literature-search on selected process

Open debate between participants

Cultural event

 

Friday 7 July

- Morning:

Group work on selected process

Open debate between participants

- Afternoon:

Bus trip from Barcelona to Begur

Guided visit to Begur and coastal areas

Dinner together

 

Saturday 8 July

- Morning:

Group work on selected process

Open debate between participants

Lunch together

- Afternoon:

Free time – Cinema session

 

Sunday 9 July

- Morning:

Field activity: choice between snorkel in Ses Negres or walk along the coastline (Ronda Sa Riera-Sa Tuna)

Snack together

- Afternoon:

Return by bus to Barcelona

Free time

 

Monday 10 July

- Morning:

Group work on selected process

Open debate between participants

- Afternoon:

Workshops on (i) scientific writing (Josep Lluís Pelegrí) and (ii) communicating science (María Vicioso, Carine Simon, Rebeca Zapata, Josep Maria Gili).

Tuesday 11 July

- Morning:

Group work on selected process

Open debate between participants

- Afternoon:

Practical sessions on (i) laboratory/field experiments (Oscar Guadayol), and (ii) remote colour sensing with SeaDAS (Jordi Isern).

Colloquium dinner

 

 

Wednesday 12 July

- Morning:

Students group presentations

Debate

- Afternoon:

Student group presentations to general audience on the relevance of their research topic

Closure

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