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Atkinson to Deliver Plenary Address at National Coastal Carbon Synthesis Workshop

Larry Atkinson, the Samuel and Fay Slover Professor of Oceanography at Old Dominion University, has been invited to deliver a plenary address at the joint workshop on coastal carbon synthesis of the North American Carbon Program (NACP) and the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) project to be held in San Francisco Dec. 11-12.

Atkinson's talk will summarize what scientists know, and what they hope to learn soon, about exchanges between the continental shelf and the open ocean. He will answer questions such as: How well do we know the fluxes? Do we have predictive models for fluxes and, if so, how can we improve the models? What gaps exist, either in the research data or in our understanding of key processes?

The NACP is a multi-agency federal program designed to obtain scientific understanding of the release and uptake of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and methane on North American lands or in adjacent waters. The OCB project is another federally sponsored initiative to study the evolving role of the ocean in the global carbon cycle in the face of environmental change through studies of marine biogeochemical cycles and associated ecosystems.

Atkinson is recognized for his work on nutrient supplies and hydrographic variability in the southeastern United States continental shelf waters. His current research includes studies of the climatology of coastal waters.

This article was posted on: November 12, 2010

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