Ocean Outlook 2017 – Seeing Under Water - The Program

Ocean Outlook 2017 – Seeing Under Water - The Program


The first Ocean Outlook meeting (OO15) was held in Bergen in 2015 gathering over 100 attendees. The second meeting was successfully organized by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole (OO16). This year's Ocean Outlook meeting (OO17) is again held in Bergen. The theme for this year's meeting is 'Seeing under water'.

Ocean Outlook will include presentations by leading international experts on marine sciences and environmental changes, and promote roundtable scientific discussions addressing important issues regarding the status of the oceans, current challenges and those on the horizon, and the possible solutions.

Bergen Marine Research Cluster organizes the OO-meetings together with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and also with contributions from MIT. The meeting is open for anyone interested.

Dates and Meeting Venue: April 19-21, 2017, Bergen. On 19 April there will be an icebreaker and opening of the conference at the grand Aulaen at the Natural Museum of History. The meeting (20-21) will be held at Vil Vite building in Thormøhlensgate 51, see map for location. There will be conference dinner on April 20.

The final deadline for registration and abstract submission is set to April 1, 2017. The program can be found below.

REGISTER: https://skjemaker.app.uib.no/view.php?id=3044807

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: Send abstracts (200 words) to oo17abstract@gmail.com


The Program for Ocean Outlook 2017 – Seeing under water



Ocean Outlook 2017, The Programme


This is the 3rd Ocean Outlook meeting, which is a joint effort between Bergen Marine Research Cluster and WHOI with contributions also from MIT. Ocean Outlook is an annual meeting that alternates between Bergen and Woods Hole intended to promote and sustain scientific and educational cooperation between the marine research institutions at these locations.

The OO17 meeting will be held in Bergen 19-21 April 2017. The meeting is open and attracts scientists, industry, policymakers, funders and program managers. VilVite in Thormøhlensgate 51 is the main venue for the conference.

In connection with the OO meetings, we encourage and facilitate collaborative workshops between partners that target joint proposals, scientific papers and other ways to collaborate.

Unique for this year is that we are collaborating with GCE-Subsea Technology about a one-day meeting to be held prior to OO17, focusing on «Integrated Environmental Monitoring». The meeting is open. We foresee positive synergies resulting from this collaboration.


Day 1, Morning (09:00-15:00), Student course & Workshop Day

OO offers an annual intro-course for graduate students and Postdocs on a given topic. OO17 will address «Visualization of Marine Data». This is a theme of growing importance, but also with shared challenges. The course is open for seniors to attend.

The course will consist of 4-5 lectures. Jake Gebbie (WHOI) will lead the workshop in collaboration with scientists from Bergen, including Prof. Helwig Hauser (UiB), Nils Olav Handegard and Rune Vabo (IMR), and Mats Bentsen (NERSC). We anticipate between 20-30 students.

Lunch will be 12:00-13:00.

Day 1, Evening: Icebreaker in «Aulaen» at the Natural Museum of History and opening speeches

The Geophysical Institute at the University of Bergen celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2017. We want to pay tribute to this institution, which has fostered many of the pioneers in Oceanography and Meteorology throughout its existence.

We have invited the renowned oceanographer Robert S. Pickart (WHOI) to give the opening lecture «Deep Convection in the Subpolar North Atlantic: Nansen's Forgotten Hypothesis».

The internationally respected Chair of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), Prof. Peter Haugan (Geophysical Inst., UiB) will address the value of collaboration between Norway and the US and provide a historical context. 

After the talk snacks and drinks will be served downstairs on the first floor. This event will mark the official opening of OO17.

Location: Follow link to a map showing the The Natural History Museum


The main program:

The program is divided into four different thematic areas, distributed over two days. There will be an oral program as well as a poster session. The talks listed below are confirmed. The available spots will be allocated after the abstract submission deadline.

Day 2: Seeing Under Water: Enabling Marine Technology

  • Part 1, Marine Technology: Exploring the Oceans by Acoustics and Optics
  • i.Keynote-1: Henrik Schmidt (MIT) – Ocean Acoustics, state of the art.
  • ii.Keynote-2: Jim Bellingham (WHOI) – Seeing Under Water!
  • iii.Hanne Sagen (NERSC) – Multipurpose Acoustic Networks in the Integrated Arctic Ocean Observing System
  • iv.Olav Rune Godøe (IMR) – Low-Frequency Acoustics: New possibilities
  • v.Peter J. Thomas (CMR) – Fiber optic distributed sensing
  • vi.Andy Bowen (WHOI) – The US Deep Submergence Facility: Management, oversight and techniques to delver routine access for oceanographic scientists.

*Break for lunch 12:30: networking, project-meetings and idea meetings

Part 2, Marine Technology: Life below the surface:

  • i.Keynote-1: Cindy Van Dover (Duke University) –Using science to inform policy: Use of biophysical surrogates in the scientific design of a network of seabed protected areas on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge
  • ii.Keynote-2: Steffen Leth Jørgensen (UIB) – Life at the bottom and how it all started
  • iii.Don Anderson (WHOI) –title to come
  • iv.Sam Laney (WHOI): The euphotic zone under Arctic sea ice: seasonal assessment using autonomous systems
  • v.Thomas Dahgren (UNI-Res) – Imaging and mapping the biota at the deep-sea industrial frontier
  • vi.Alex Bocconcelli (WHOI): Title to come (Biology-Acoustics).

*Presentation of two key industry clusters:

  • vii.NCE Seafood – Director Tanja Hoel
  • viii.GCE Subsea – Jon Hellevang

Day 2 will end with a conference dinner hosted by Institute of Marine Research,  which will start 19:30. This will give people who attend, especially our US colleagues, an excellent opportunity to see the facilities and get to know one of the major players in marine research in Norway and Europe a little better. Location: follow link to map showing where IMR is located

Day 3: Seeing Under Water: Methods, Processes and Consequences

Part 1, The Open Ocean:

  • i.Keynote-1: Jake Gebbie (WHOI): A Modeled Ocean
  • ii.Keynote-2: Dag Lorents Aksnes (UiB) – Mesopelagic fish: How many and how important to climate?
  • iii.Caroline Katsman (TU-Delft) From small whirls to the global ocean: how ocean eddies may affect the AMOC
  • iv.Frode Vikebø (IMR) – Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Dynamics of High-latitude Key Marine Species
  • v.Are Olsen (Bjerknes–UiB): Nuka Arctica Ocean Observatory

*Presentation of funders and a major science initiative:

  • vi.Tor Eldevik (UiB-Bjerknes) – The Nansen Legacy
  • vii.Vidar Pedersen (SIU) – Norwegian Centre for cooperation in higher education – A brief presentation
  • viii.The Norwegian Research Council (tbc) – Transatlantic collaboration and relevant programs.

*Break for lunch 12:30: networking, project-meetings and idea meetings

Part 2, Ocean Heating and links to the Crysphere: Methods and Techniques, Processes and Consequences.

  • ix.Keynote-1: Fiamma Straneo (WHOI, visiting scientist here in Bergen at the time) – Greenland Ice Streams and Melting from Below.
  • x.Keynote-2: Ilker Fer (UiB) –The increasing role of oceanic heat in current sea ice evolution
  • xi.Dan Amrhein (MIT-WHOI, OO Fellowship) – Using models to connect the past to the future
  • xii.Nicholas Beaird (WHOI, OO Fellowship) – Tracking Greenland Meltwater
  • xiii.Claudia Cenedese (WHOI) –  Melting Icebergs in a sheared flow 
The "Aulaen" is located in the Natural Museum of History