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Workshop on ocean tipping points and extreme events. Date: 14th of April 2023, 09:30-11:30 Venue: Online, registration until the 13th of April Level: Subject-specific knowledge not required.

Workshop on ocean tipping points and extreme events

With the warming oceans, we have to be aware of tipping points and regime shifts in marine ecosystems. Join us on a workshop on ocean tipping points Friday April 14. 2023.


Time: 09.30-11.30 (GMT + 02:00)

Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, the oceans have taken up 30 to 40% of the total carbon dioxide (CO2) and 93 % of the heat added to the atmosphere through human activities.
For ecosystems, such changes may lead to sudden regime shifts when certain thresholds in warming, oxygen availability, and acidification are reached.

As an example, marine heatwaves have a high peak temperature and can push ecosystem from one stable state to another. 

In this workshop, we will cover the definition itself in more detail along with recent findings on marine tipping points and regime shifts from the two EU Horizon 2020 projects COMFORT and TiPACCs and the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme


Moderator: Christoph Heinze (UiB) 

09:30-09:50: Abrupt changes, regime shifts and tipping points: potential impacts on Norway by Friederike Fröb (UiB) and Petra Langebroek (NORCE) 

09:50-10:05: Q&A 

10:05-10:15: Assessing the mitigation potential and side effects of ocean-based Carbon Dioxide Removal techniques by Giang Tran (GEOMAR) 

10:15-10:25: Emit now, mitigate later? Response of the Earth system to zero and negative emissions by Jörg Schwinger (NORCE) 

10:25-10:35: Adaptation in the changing Arctic by Rolf Rødven (AMAP)

10:35-10:40: Policy recommendations by Christoph Heinze (UiB) 

10:40-11:30: Q&A session 

Logos of COMFORT, TiPPACs, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme, EU Horizon 2020 and the Norwegian Research Council.

COMFORT and TiPACCs projects have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 820575 (TiPACCs), No 820989 (COMFORT) and the Research Council of Norway 309382 (COMFORT). The work reflects only the author’s/authors’ view; the European Commission and their executive agency are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information the work contains.