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WEBINAR 4: Will the ocean uptake of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO₂) continue primarily as an abiotic process?

The ocean takes up about 25% of the carbon we emit, slowing climate change and giving us more time to put in place mitigation actions. But how does the process work and does ocean biology play a role?

OceanICU was pleased to host Judith Hauck and Jamie Shutler as they tested one of the key questions of the IOCR report in our insightful webinar. 


Richard Sanders

Coordinator of the OceanICU project

Richard is the lead coordinator of the OceanICU project. He has worked since 2019 at NORCE in Bergen as Director of the Ocean Thematic Centre within the ICOS research infrastructure. This involves helping the surface ocean pCO2 observing community within Europe make the highest quality observations and in establishing more secure funding routes for surface Ocean C observations. He plans to bring this experience to support the relevant activities within EuroGO-SHIP.  Prior to his move to Bergen he served as Chair of the Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems Research Group in the UK National Oceanography Centre. He holds an honorary chair in Ocean Biogeochemistry at the  University of Southampton in the UK. 

Judith Hauck

Head of Helmholtz Young Investigator Group for Marine Carbon and Ecosystem Feedbacks in the Earth System (MarESys), and Deputy Head of Marine Biogeosciences at the Alfred Wegener Institute. 

Judith is the deputy lead of the Marine Biogeosciences section at AWI and coordinates the ocean carbon sink estimate in the Global Carbon Budget. She leads the development and application of the ocean biogeochemistry model REcoM and investigates the ocean carbon cycle in the polar regions and globally, as well as its physical and biological drivers.

She currently leads the Helmholtz Young Investigator Group Marine Carbon and Ecosystem Feedbacks in the Earth System as well as the ERC Starting Grant project The global ocean carbon cycle after peak emissions. She has participated and is currently participating in multiple EU projects, as PI or WP lead, e.g. COMFORT, OceanNETs, OceanICU, POMP. She is on the Scientific Steering Committee of the RECCAP Regional Carbon Cycle Assessment and Processes project phase 2, and involved in working and advisory groups on ocean carbon, e.g., IOC-R, G7 FSOI, WMO GGGW.

Jamie Shutler

Professor of Earth Observation and Climate, University of Exeter

Jamie is an ocean and atmospheric scientist with a wide range of interests that exploit satellite Earth observation, in situ observations and models to study and monitor land, water and atmosphere environments and interactions, particularly in relation to climate. This includes studying atmosphere-ocean exchange of climatically important gases, carbon accounting, bacterial, biological, viral and chemical water quality and land-water continuum interactions. His work has covered novel in situ monitoring methods to support aquaculture, through to global analyses of carbon to support policy, through to the design of satellites for the European Space Agency.  I was an invited scientific reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC), and was a lead author for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and International Oceanographic Commission (IOC) decadal vision for integrated ocean carbon research.

His  research has been featured in the Guardian Environment, BBC news, Al Jazeera TV, Forbes, Higgs, The Daily Mail, The World Economic Forum, contributed to UK parliamentary enquiries (Ocean Acidification, 2017; Sustainable Seas, 2018) and guided international and inter-governmental agencies and research programmes.  

Questions from the audience

Answered by Judith Hauck

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