Environmental Physics

CSF Conference July 2009



Preliminary Agenda:

Day 1: Synthesis of observed and modeled changes in the ocean’s interior carbon
cycle: Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean.

Day 2: Synthesis: Southern, Circumpolar and Arctic Ocean.

Assessment of processes.

Day 3: Develop plan for synthesis.

Day 4: Future planning and perspectives

Day 5: Future planning and open discussion.

link to full agenda

Decadal Variations of the Ocean's Interior Carbon Cycle: Synthesis and Vulnerabilities

Symposium at the Centro Stefano Franscini at Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland
July 13-17, 2009

Registration for this workshop opens on February 1, 2009. Please register at
>> online registration form

Aim of the symposium

The objective of the symposium is to bring together scientists interested in the ocean carbon cycle in order (i) to synthesize the presently available information about the decadal time-scale variability of the ocean interior carbon cycle, (ii) to assess the processes responsible for these variations, and (iii) to identify processes and regions that might be particularly sensitive to future climate change. The main sources of information are observations of ocean interior changes, particularly those obtained as a result of the international repeat hydrography program, model-based analyses, but also insights from surface ocean changes will be needed. The results of this synthesis will provide critical inputs to the upcoming Symposium OceanObs 09, to the further development of the repeat hydrography programm and to the next (5th) assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It will also form the basis of a synthesis paper that will be written for a high-level journal. A special issue of a major international journal is planned as well. The symposium will consist of plenary talks and poster sessions, but include meetings of individual working groups.


The workshop is limited to 60 people. Registration fee is CHF 400 and will cover room and board for the 4 days. Travels grants are available for scientists attending from developing countries.


The Centro Stefano Franscini (>> Homepage CSF) is located in Southern Switzerland near the town of Ascona. With its idyllic setting, it is optimally suited to provide for a stimulating environment.

How to get there

Air travel: The easiest and fastest connection to Ticino is by train from Zurich Airport via Zurich main station. Travel time from Zurich Airport to Zurich main station is 10 minutes, public trains are running every 10 minutes during the day. On the CSF homepage you find also information about how to get to the conference center from the airports in Geneva or Milan (

Travel by railway: From Zurich main station there are hourly train connections to Locarno via Bellinzona (ICN to Bellinzona, S-Bahn from Bellinzona to Locarno, see homepage SBB-timetable: Travel time is approx. 3 hrs, 2nd class roundtrip ticket are CHF 114.-.

A free shuttle bus from Locarno train station to the conference center at Monte Verità will be available during 4 hours on arrival day. (The exact time will be published on our conference website).
The shuttle stops on the right side of the train railways in Locarno.
(See map and sign on

There is also the possibility to take the EcoTaxis from the train station to Monte Verità, which costs approx. CHF 23.- (booking necessary).

Nicolas Gruber(1), Arne Körtzinger(2), and Richard A. Feely(3)
(1) Environmental Physics, Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland. (2) Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR), University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany. (3) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Seattle, WA, USA.

Sponsors: Centro Stefano Franscini, SOLAS, IMBER, and SOLAS-IMBER Working Group on Carbon.


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