II Marine Biogeochemistry Training School on: Biogeochemical and ecological dimensions of a changing ocean | - CCMAR -

II Marine Biogeochemistry Training School on: Biogeochemical and ecological dimensions of a changing ocean

Segunda, 30 Maio, 2022 a Sexta, 3 Junho, 2022
Descrição do Curso 

NOTE: Registration refund will be possible upon notification of inability to attend the event, provided that this is received up to 30 days before the start date.


The course will bring together diverse researchers that have made important contributions to the field of Biogeochemistry and are effective communicators to teach and interact with the students. This will be the second time the course in Marine Biogeochemistry in Portugal is offered and based on the success of the first year we expect broad interest. We note that the topic of this Course is particularly important at a time when profound changes in ocean circulation and primary production rates associated to global warming is impacting the distribution of key elements (from the biologically used nutrients to trace elements) in the ocean and their relationship to important global processes.  Furthermore, this topic is directly relevant to the major global GEOTRACES program, which has yielded many publications and broad interest in the community. The presence of divers instructors representing sub-fields in marine biogeochemistry will allow for a first-hand communication of new data, synthesis and modelling, and will certainly produce a more accurate understanding of the impact that changes in the ocean have on the earth system.

The course will start with the modern ocean distributions and biogeochemical cycles of the most biologically utilized elements as well as the distribution of elements that can be important tracers for oceanographic processes and will proceed to the use of such elements and their isotopes as proxies for the reconstruction of past conditions. The economic and social value of such studies will also be reviewed. We will introduce conceptual and numerical modeling, as well as principles of biogeochemical analyses. Free form/brainstorming evening discussions will be added and could include for example topics such as communicating science,  teaching, proposal and paper writing, or presentations by the students.

The course is limited to 25 participants (in person) and will also work on a hybrid format basis, so you can choose between these two options.


The registration fee for in-person attendees includes registration, local transport to and from the course venue, as well as lunches and dinners.







Today’s climate goes through a warming shift caused by the increased release of human-generated greenhouse gases, such as CO2. While ocean warming is driving changes in atmospheric and oceanic circulation patterns, CO2uptake by the ocean, although helping to control atmospheric temperature, is changing ocean’s chemistry, mainly lowering the oceans’ pH (acidification). Both of these changes will have profound consequences on the oceanic primary production (±50% of Earth’s total)and the biological pump.

To determine the response to global change of elements that regulate marine ecosystem dynamics and  C cycling implies the knowledge of their sources and sinks, as well as their behavior in the ocean, is crucial. Furthermore, to learn about the processes and the ocean's role in driving global change, we must reconstruct ocean conditions in the past, and that will improve as a better understanding of the biogeochemical cycling of the different elements is obtained.

In light of society's pressing needs to prepare for the future consequences of global climate change, it is of major importance for the next generation of young marine researchers to grasp the basic biogeochemical concepts and existing knowledge and gain the capacity to use such information in their future work.

This will be a training opportunity not available in any institution given the assembled group of experts. The location of the course will be in a very touristic area of Portugal, the Algarve, but off-season, this will allow for accommodation and food at a lower rate than in most places in Europe, facilitating the participation of students in general and Southern European ones in particular. The international airport and cheap flight options mean that the event can be very affordable both to students and researchers alike.



The course will cover: 

- Ocean Observations from Space & Ongoing Programs and Initiatives 

- Global Circulation Impacts on Climate 

- Chemical Distributions Interaction with Biological Processes 

- Reconstructing Atmosphere-Land-Ocean Interactions in the Past 

- Numerical Modeling of Marine Biogeochemistry 


There will also be a lecture on Science Communication. Lectures will be complemented by practical/ interactive activities.

A fieldwork visit covering coastal morphodynamics and risk is also planned

Participants will be asked to give a short presentation of their work


The aim of this course is to provide Ms, PhD and young students and young researchers with an exceptional opportunity to gain a better understanding of marine biogeochemical cycles and large-scale distribution of elements and isotopes in the oceanic water column and the process that control this distribution.
Organização científica 

Yves Plancherel

Grantham Institute - Climate Change &the Environment, Imperial College London, UK
Grantham Institute - Climate Change & the Environment, Imperial College London, UK (Chemical Oceanography - Global Marine Distributions)

Susanne Neuer

School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University (Biogeochemistry and plankton ecology; the biological carbon pump - ongoing programs)

Heather Stoll

Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. (The C Cycle - Via Teleconference)

Adina Paytan

Institute of Marine Sciences Earth & Marine Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz, USA
Institute of Marine Sciences Earth & Marine Sciences, University of California Santa Cruz, USA (Global Biogeochemical Cycles – Past and Present Ocean Acidification; Science Communication)

Jerry McManus

Columbia University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, USA.
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, USA. (The past record and its importance for understanding fundamental ocean conditions)

Jamie Wilson

School of Earth Sciences at University of Bristol, UK
School of Geographic Sciences, Bristol University, UK (Interactions between marine ecosystems, the C cycle and climate)
Local do curso 

This course will work in a hybrid format. You can attend it in person or online.

 Fees vary according to your choice.


CCMAR – Centre of Marine Sciences

University of Algarve

Campus de Gambelas

8005-139 Faro



Tipo de Formação 
Formação Avançada

Student Registration Fee (in person): 500€

Online student registration fee: 200€