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Third Xiamen Symposium on Marine Environmental Sciences (XMAS)
Dates: 9-11 January 2017 
Location: Xiamen, China

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Special Session 4: Biogeochemical Cycling of Trace Elements in the Ocean: GEOTRACES and Beyond


Martin Frank, GEOMAR Helmholtz-Center for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
Jing Zhang, University of Toyama, Japan
Zhimian Cao, Xiamen University

Trace elements in the ocean are critical for marine life serving as regulators of ocean biogeochemistry including marine ecosystem dynamics. However, the mechanisms controlling the biogeochemical cycling of these elements and how they influence the functioning of ocean ecosystems remain elusive. The GEOTRACES program, which aims to map the world’s oceans for trace elements and isotopes, has facilitated rapid progress in this field enabling a coherent landscape of oceanic trace element cycling to emerge. This session seeks to bring together recent studies in the spirit of the GEOTRACES program. We invite abstracts on all aspects of oceanic dissolved and particulate trace element distributions and speciation, as well as their isotopes, including their application to reconstructing marine processes such as ocean circulation, redox conditions and paleoproductivity. We also encourage submissions using lab culture experiments and modeling approaches to constrain the biological and chemical processes that determine the distributions of trace elements in seawater.



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