This event will bring together 20 leading European scientists to discuss the current and future research needs of the biological carbon pump, a critical mechanism in our oceans. The potential effects of changes on the biological carbon pump have possible far reaching consequences on future carbon sequestration in the oceans.
The aim of the workshop will be to gain an overview and a synthesis among the European research community and then identify the most important knowledge gaps. The biogeochemical carbon pump is a critical aspect influencing global biogeochemical fluxes and changes are affecting ecosystem functions which all have an influence on the biological carbon pump. Participants of the workshop will share current research foci within this area and will discuss future plans and collaborative projects to improve transnational synergies. Participants will work towards integrating current expert activities and visions to compile a roadmap of key priorities to fill knowledge gaps. This will assist with work towards obtaining funding through EU instruments as well as other international and national funding opportunities.
An open access collaborative foresight paper will be published to encourage a continuation of ideas and knowledge exchange within this realm of science. A public outreach event during the workshop will aim to broaden awareness of the biological carbon pump in our changing world. Developing and co-ordinating a roadmap for future collaborations will pave the way for larger transdisciplinary projects between member countries. The long-term goal of these studies is to help develop a unified marine biogeochemical/ecosystem model framework.