Benthic Dynamics: In Situ Surveillance Of The Sediment Water Interface (BD Conference)

Venue: University of Aberdeen

Location: Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Mar 25, 2002 End Date/Time: Mar 29, 2002
Registration Date: Nov 01, 2001
Early Registration Date: Nov 01, 2001
Abstract Submission Date: Nov 01, 2001
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Aims and Objectives
The aim of the conference is to bring together scientists with a proven capability for autonomous in situ
measurement, interrogation and quantification of small-scale spatial and temporal physical, chemical and/or
biological benthic phenomena. Priority will be given to contributions that include the use of technology relevant to
the spectrum of variables that influence the small-scale ecology of the sediment-water interface. Contributions from
all aquatic habitats are encouraged. As well as a presentation of scientific data, it is expected that contributors will
share information on technological matters, in particular solutions to common design and implementation problems.
A dual function of the conference will be the inclusion of several small workshops to synthesise and evaluate the
current state of benthic technologies. These workshops intend to address the standardisation and validation of
existing instrumentation methodologies and will consider current specifications and design issues. Suggestions for
future research and inter-disciplinary collaborations that involve the synergy of two or more technologies will also
be considered.

The conference proceedings and a summary of the workshop findings will be published in Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology (JEMBE)..

Areas of Instrumentation Focus

1) Organism-sediment relationships (microfauna, meiofauna and macrofauna),
2) Biogeochemistry and organic diagenesis (flux rates, incubations, energy/production),
3) Hydrodynamics at the sediment-water interface,
4) Natural and anthropogenic disturbance (spatial and temporal impact/recovery),
5) Studies of spatial and temporal phenomena in disparate benthic habitats.


Additional Information

we are currently seeking sponsorship to reduce the conference fee.