Effects of ocean acidification on ecosystems and human societies; Swedish Research capacity and prospects for national and international collaboration Workshop

24-25 November, 2015.


The workshop was organised by SSEESS, the Swedish National Committee for Global Environmental Change, The Environmental Committee at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER).


There were 28 full time participants, and some additional participants attended parts of the workshop.


The overall scientific theme/framing of the workshop was be to investigate the Swedish knowledge base, research capacity and research needs when it comes to impacts of ocean acidification on ecosystems (also considering multiple threats) and socioeconomics (including fisheries), as well as management of these impacts. A specific focus was on the potentials for enhancing the collaboration among researchers in Sweden (e.g. through an active network and/or a Swedish research programme).


The potentials and vehicles for increased Swedish engagement in the programme IMBER and the implementation of its Science Plan were also investigated. Setting out to answer broad interdisciplinary questions IMBER engages about 1800 researchers from many different disciplines and nations. IMBER has an IPO in Bergen, Norway, and implements its science plan through a scientific committee, a set of regional programmes and working groups, contributing projects, and national contacts in 35 countries.


Representatives from Swedish research funders also gave presentations to provide an overview of the funding landscape, as a backdrop to any research and networking ideas developed during or after the workshop.


A workshop dinner was held at Södra Teatern in the evening of the 24th.


The workshop programme can be found here


The immediate outputs of the workshop

Three major outcome can be identified:

  1. A core group was formed to follow up on the ideas on a national research project on ocean acidification, based on the discussions and presentations during the workshop. The group has already started to work on this.
  2. A network was formed which has already become the Swedish IMBER Ocean Acidification Network, which can be linked to IMBER’s working group on OA.
  3. The mapping of the Swedish OA related research and capacity was initiated.

Jean-Pierre Gattuso presenting “Contrasting futures for ocean and society from different anthropogenic CO2 emissions scenarios; Ocean acidification in IMBER´s Science Plan”

Workshop Presentations

We continuously add presentations as they are approved for publication.


Chemistry that determines pH in Swedish waters Leif Anderson, University of Gothenburg.


Ocean acidification parameters in national monitoring program. Anna Wranne Willstrand, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute.


Ocean acidification effects on plankton community, ecosystem structure and carbon cycling. Monika Winder, Stockholm University.


Down the rabbit hole Cautionary tales and consequences of multifactor ocean acidification experiments. Jonathan Havenhand, University of Gothenburg.


Ocean Acidification(OA)_Status of Japan. Tomohiko Tsunoda. Ocean Policy Reserach Institute, Sasakawa Peace Fundation.


Identifying political and institutional challenges associated with ocean acidification mitigation and adaptation. Sverker Jagers, University of Gothenburg.