// Important Dates

Now Open: Call for Abstracts
2017, 1 Oct: Deadline for submission
2017, 10 Oct: Notification of acceptance

// Abstracts

Abstract Criteria

  • Maximum of 350 words per abstract;
  • Up to 2 images/diagrams.

Submission Guidelines

All primary authors will need to create an online user account prior to submitting the abstracts. Please note that only the primary author or owner of the user account will be able to make changes to the abstract.

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// Poster Guidelines

The size of posters should be 90 cm (width) x 120 cm (height). Size requirements must be strictly adhered. If your poster exceeds these specifications, it may be subject to removal:

  • The presentation must cover the material as cited in the abstract.
  • Place the title of your paper at the top of the poster board to allow viewers to identify your paper.
  • Highlight the authors’ names, e-mails, and address information in case the viewer is interested in contacting you for more information.
  • Prepare all diagrams or charts neatly and legibly beforehand in a size sufficient to be read at a distance of 2 meters. Paragraph and figure caption text should be at least 24-point font (0.9 cm height) and headers at least 36 point font (1.2 cm height). Use creativity by using different font sizes and styles, perhaps even color.
  • Organize the paper on the poster board so it is clear, orderly, and self-explanatory. You have complete freedom in displaying your information in figures, tables, text, photographs, etc.
  • Think green: if you would like your poster to be recycled, let the conference staff know! We can take care of that for you. Let's do it together!

// Sessions

Session 1 Mechanisms of tropical Atlantic Climate Variability and Change

The progress in the understanding of the different modes of tropical Atlantic Climate Variability, their physical mechanisms and time scales as identified in observations and simulations will be addressed in this session. Areas of particular focus will be a) the interannual variability of tropical Atlantic SST; b) ocean-atmosphere interaction and its effect on atmospheric circulation over the ocean and surrounding continents; c) teleconnections to other ocean basins; d) deep ocean circulation changes; e) the response of the tropical climate system to anthropogenic climate change; and f) observational studies utilizing in‐situ data sets including PIRATA moorings and hydrography data, Argo floats and surface drifter data, satellite observations, and model output from process‐oriented simulations.

Session 2 Oceanic and Atmospheric Processes Affecting Biogeochemical Interaction in the Tropical Atlantic

Climate‐biogeochemistry interaction is of particular importance in the tropical ocean. The effect of global warming in the biologically highly‐productive regions in the eastern tropics, deoxygenation, acidification, and the sequestration/outgassing of radiative and chemical active gases are highly relevant aspects of ongoing tropical Atlantic climate research. This session invites observational as well as modeling studies addressing ocean chemistry and physical‐biogeochemical interactions in the tropical Atlantic on all space and time scales.

Session 3 Predictability, Coupled and Uncoupled Model Biases

This session will address the improved understanding of tropical Atlantic climate predictability. The focus of the session will be on the bias problem and the predictive skill of state-of-the-art coupled models. Studies based on coupled land-ocean-atmosphere simulations, as well as uncoupled ocean and atmosphere simulations are invited, e.g. the impacts of river discharges on tropical Atlantic circulation and temperature changes in coupled models; the impact of continental rainfall on coupled models ocean and atmospheric biases. In particular, we welcome studies using multimodel climate analyses produced by the different sets of experiments performed within the CMIP5 intercomparison exercise. Validation of coupled and uncoupled model studies against PIRATA array data time series are especially welcomed.

Session 4 Towards Realizing Socio - Economic Researches on Damages and Benefits of Climate Prediction in the Tropical Atlantic for Marine Ecosystems, Fisheries, and Continental Climate

The climate of the tropical Atlantic Ocean is currently experienced pronounced changes which are potentially of great socio-economic importance for the oceanic resources and the surrounding continents. Such acceleration due to climate change and anthropogenic activities already affects the marine environment (ex. Acidification, Sargassum blooms, coral growth, etc) as well the coastal areas (ex. beach erosion, human activities & pollution). In this session, we shall estimate the effects of climate change on: i) fish resources, ii) coastal degradation, iii) disease of humans in tropical lands, like dengue fever; iv) conventional and non-conventional sources of water supply in semi-arid regions; v) agriculture, vi) tourism, etc.

Round Table PIRATA Research Infrastructure: Present, Future Observations and New Technologies for the Next 20 Years

From 20 years and the early steps of the PIRATA network, the Tropical Atlantic Observing System considerably evolved, notably with new TFLEX moorings replacing ATLAS, world-wide Argo Project, new satellite measurements etc. In the context of the future internationally developed Blueprint of Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing Systems that will be developed for the OceanObs19 conference, it seems timely to discuss about the potential evolution and optimization of the PIRATA network. Therefore, how we will observe the ocean in the next 20 years?, what new instruments, new measurements techniques, in situ data with transmission in real time will be used?, what new simulation/forecasts systems, real time alert warning systems, etc, will be available?