Feb 16 2020

The ECHO Group at the AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting (16-21 Feb 2020, San Diego, USA). Organization of the session "Biogeochemistry in the BGC-Argo Era: From Process Studies to Ecosystem Forecasts"
Fostering the establishment of a global ocean observing system, Walter Munk defined the twentieth century as the “century of undersampling”, and this is true especially for marine biogeochemical data.
Biogeochemical-Argo is bringing us into a new era that is characterized by an unprecedented availability of high-resolution biogeochemical profiles, delivered throughout the year and globally distributed. Thanks to these observations, the dynamics of ocean carbon, oxygen, nutrients, primary producers, pH and bio-optical properties can be examined in all three spatial dimensions. The increased availability of these observations allows us to unravel biogeochemical processes, and validate and test hypotheses across a range of spatial and temporal scales. These new observations will also substantially improve the quality of biogeochemical models by allowing vigorous validation, improved parameterizations and formal data assimilation.
Paolo Lazzari (researcher at the ECHO Group) was the primary chair of this session, which included a total of 22 contributions (8 oral and 15 posters) leveraging the high data availability provided by BGC-Argo floats combined with theoretical or numerical models, data assimilation, machine learning, multi-platform sensors or other novel interpretative methodologies that expand the surface view of ocean ecosystem dynamics into the vertical dimension. Eva Alvarez, Gianpiero Cossarini, and Stefano Salon participated to the meeting and the session with oral and poster contributions.

Oral session: https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Session/93108

Poster session: https://agu.confex.com/agu/osm20/meetingapp.cgi/Session/84942

A Biogeosciences/Ocean Science inter-journal Special Issue was organized to collect the high quality oral and poster presentations. Further, the Special issue is open to any pertinent contribution. For more details browse the links:

Biogeosciences: https://www.biogeosciences.net/special_issue1101.html

Ocean Science: https://www.ocean-sci.net/special_issue11_1101.html