4th International Symposium on "The Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans"

4-8 June, 2018, Washington, D.C., USA

The 4th International Symposium on "The Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans" will gather experts from around the world to better understand climate impacts on ocean ecosystems, and how to respond. It will be held between 4-8 June in Washington, D.C., USA. 

The main goals of the Symposium are to:

  • Highlight the latest information on how oceans are changing, what is at risk and how to respond;
  • Identify key knowledge gaps;
  • Promote collaborations; and
  • Stimulate the next generation of science and actions

In addition, one objective for this Symposium is to present current research results and to facilitate the uptake of these new results in other analyses, including (but not restricted to) the 6th Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). A Special Volume of the ICES Journal of Marine Science is planned while additional Special Volumes in peer-reviewed journals may further emerge from this Symposium.

The Key Topic Areas of the Symposium are:


  • Characterization of ocean changes and the climate-ocean system
  • Extreme and abrupt changes in ocean systems
  • Impacts of changing climate on ocean physical, chemical and biological conditions
  • Impacts of changing climate on ocean-dependent sectors, societies and economies
  • Responding to climate-related changes in ocean conditions - Governance, institutional and sectoral adaptations
  • Advancing methods to project climate-related impacts in ocean ecosystems

Early registration and abstract submission deadline is on 15th Decemmber 2017. You can find information on the Symposium here.