Affiliation: EPDSGChairs: Louis Legendre (ICES), Nianzhi Jiao (PICES), Richard Rivkin (PICES)
Carbon sequestration is an important earth-ecosystem service provided by the oceans. Atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) is transferred into the ocean, where some of it is transformed into organic material through pelagic foodwebs. Some of this is then exported from the surface and sequestered in coastal shelf sediments and the deep ocean – or partly transformed into dissolved organic compounds.
Made up of members from both ICES and PICES countries, WGCCBOCS has the objective of improving predictions and advice for climate policy and adaptation in a changing climate.
The work involves identifying current knowledge of the biological carbon pumps, developing standard monitoring protocols, promoting collaboration for developing new experimental approaches and facilities, exploring techniques for predicting carbon sequestration, and providing scientific advice to international organizations such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).