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Wednesday 15 October

Session 4

Ocean Circulation and Regional Sea Level Rise


Session Description:

Space-based observations have provided invaluable information on ocean parameters including sea level rise. Modelling results complemented the observations with a better understanding of ocean dynamics and sea level changes at global and regional scales. This session discusses progress in observations and ocean modelling, and puts emphasis on our current understanding of key oceanic processes such as causes of sea level change at global and regional scales, the influence of internal climate variability and anthropogenic forcing on ocean parameters and the marine eco-systems. The outcome of this session should be recommendations on priorities of future research and observations.

  Anny Cazenave (CNES)  and  Detlef Stammer (University of Hamburg)
Time Speaker Title



Anny Cazenave (CNES) - Detlef Stammer (University of Hamburg)

Ocean Circulation and Regional Sea Level Rise
14:10  John Church (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)) The Earth's sea-level and energy budgets and the regional sea-level distribution
14:40 Giorgio Spada  (Dipartimento di Scienze di Base e Fondamenti Universita' di Urbino, Italy) Glacial Isostatic Adjustment and the role of the solid Earth on sea-level variations
15:00  Benoit Meyssignac (LEGOS/CNES)  Sea level variability over the last decades from 2-D sea level reconstructions based on tide gauge records , satellite altimetry and OGCM runs
15:20  Weiqing Han  (University of Colorado at Boulder) Intensification of decadal-to-multidecadsal sea level variability in the western tropical Pacific during recent decades: impacts of climate modes and warming trend
15:40 Coffee and Poster Viewing
16:10 Andrea Storto (Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti (CMCC))  A Comparison of Steric Sea Level from Ocean Reanalyses and Objective Analyses
16:30 Shubha Sathyendranath (Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)) Use of ocean-colour data in marine-ecosystem and climate-related studies: Some examples from the Ocean Colour Climate Change Initiative (OC-CCI)
16:50  Johnny Johannessen (Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre NERSC))  Arctic Sea Level Change – Observations Requirements, Simulation Capabilities, Forward Projections and Challenges
17:10 Jacqueline Boutin (Laboratoire d'Oceanographie et du Climat, Université Pierre et Marie Curie) Scientific applications of ocean salinity from space for ocean and climate research
17:30  Martin Visbeck (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research)

Sustained observations of the ocean circulation - a new partnership between research and service

20:00 Gala Dinner hosted by the European Space Agency 

Organised by:
With the support of:
European Commission ESA
In cooperation with:
City Darmstadt
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