We would like to announce a new session at SCAR 2016 dedicated to the remote and dynamic sub-Antarctic.
Submit your abstract to Session 30 at SCAR 2016: Southern Ocean outposts: the links to the Southern Ocean islands
In this session we invite integrated contributions, with an emphasis on new data or novel syntheses, about:
- the climate, geology, oceanography and/or palynology of the region;
- past, present and future distribution of marine, terrestrial and freshwater species in and around the sub-Antarctic (including Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and other Southern Hemisphere continental masses);
- evolutionary history of sub-Antarctic island biota relating to tectonic, geomorphological, glaciological and climatological impacts;
- ecology of sub-Antarctic biota, including the importance of the sub-Antarctic for migratory species; and
- environmental change impacts on the sub-Antarctic biota.
Submit your abstract by 14th February at: http://scar2016.com/symposia-session.php
Full session description: Southern Ocean outposts: the links to the Southern Ocean islands
Surrounding the Antarctic continent, the sub-Antarctic islands straddle a region best characterized by its oceanographic, climatological, and geological complexity. How this spatio-temporal complexity has shaped the region, including the ecology and evolution of its biota, is starting to become evident. Prominent processes include isolation, the impacts of dynamic geological and glaciological histories, more frequent dispersal events than previously supposed, and a modern signal of rapidly changing circumstances associated with both direct and indirect human impacts. Despite much progress in understanding of the region, important challenges remain. Resolving them is critical for several reasons. First, the islands may be sentinels for future change, and their position in the westerlies means they may also hold a valuable record of past change in the climate of the region. Second, any effort to understand the geological evolution of the region must necessarily include resolving several fundamental questions about some of its most complex areas. Third, Southern Hemisphere biogeography remains incomplete without unravelling the history of the islands' terrestrial and nearshore biotas. Fourth, the region is home to some of the world's most iconic vertebrate species, which play important roles in Southern Ocean ecosystem dynamics. Finally, across the full suite of the region's environments, many opportunities are abound to test key theoretical concepts.