Bergen Summer Research School June 13-24 2016: Water, climate and society.

Bergen Summer Research School June 13-24 2016: Water, climate and society.


As an integrated part of the annual Bergen Summer Research School Water, climate and society in June 2016 there is an opportunity for Master- and PhD-students to take part in a course on Oceans, climate and society. The programme contains the following elements:


Course theme

How will marine ecosystems respond to climate change? What are the main conclusions from the IPCC-report? What are the climate change consequences for fisheries and aquaculture?

 Course leader: Professor Øyvind Fiksen, UiB and the Hjort Centre for Marine Ecosystem Dynamics.


Invited lecturer: Keith Brander Emeritus, DTU Aqua, Denmark



Svein Sundby (Senior researcher, IMR), Dag L. Aksnes (Professor, UiB), Anders Goksøyr(UiB), Katja Enberg (IMR), Christian Jørgensen (UiB), Aud Larsen (Uni Research), Stein Kaartvedt (UiO), Mark Powell (UiB)

Course description and objectives:

The ocean is an increasingly important source of protein for a growing human population, but at the same time under constant pressure from climate change, pollution and fisheries activities. In this course we will discuss how the ocean and the organisms living in it are affected by these factors, focusing on how ocean warming and acidification, pollution and fisheries influence the future productivity of the ocean.

 Course Objectives

  1. Summarize the recent IPCC-report and how it describes the consequences for marine ecosystems under the predicted climate change.
  2. Discuss how climate change will affect the productivity of the ocean, and the production chains we depend upon for fisheries and aquaculture.
  3. Develop an understanding of how climate change and human activities influence fundamental processes in marine organisms and ecosystem functioning from microbes to fish.

Targeted students, Prerequisites and ECTS

The ocean, climate and society is targeted at PhD students interested in marine ecosystems, fisheries, aquaculture, and climate change. It is a two weeks course which will include plenary activities, lectures, in addition to presentations on students’ own papers.

The reading list includes relevant papers and core parts of the IPCC report, and must be read prior to the course. It will also form the basis for a written paper (5000 words) on a specific topic in agreement with one of the course leaders. The essays should be typed, double spaced, 1.0~1.5” margins on all sides, and 12 size font. Deadline for delivery will be specified by the course leaders, and the papers will be graded as pass/not pass. Students are required to attend all course sessions and participation in the plenary events is also mandatory. The programme will be published on the web. 10 ECTS will be awarded upon successful participation and completion of the full programme, including an essay approved by the course leaders.


Proposed lectures

 Keith BranderClimate, fish and equity – projecting ocean harvest

 Dag L. AksnesWill the future ocean provide more or less food for humanity?

 Katja Enberg: Combined effects of harvesting and climate change on fish populations

Anders Goksøyr: Ocean health in a changing climate.

 Christian Jørgensen: Effects of climate change on fish physiology, behaviour, and life histories

Stein Kaartvedt: Mesopelagic ecosystems

 Aud Larsen: Microbes under climate change – or why copepods are important when the permafrost melts

 Mark Powell: Aquaculture and climate change

 Svein SundbyImpacts of climate change and multidecadal climate variability on marine ecosystems of the North Atlantic Ocean


Deadline for applications 1st of April.

more information:  The ocean, climate and society


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