GEOTRACES Special Session at XMAS-III (Jan 2017, Xiamen)

Dear colleagues,

This is a call for abstract submission to the XMAS-III that will be held on Jan 9th – 11th, 2017 in Xiamen, China. The XMAS (Xiamen Symposium on Marine Environmental Sciences), organized by the State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Xiamen University, is a symposium series with the overarching theme of The Changing Ocean Environment: From a Multidisciplinary Perspective. The first two iterations of the symposium were successfully held in Jan of 2014 and 2015, which attracted over 800 participants from more than 100 institutions worldwide.

Please note that the deadline of abstract submission is Oct 14th, 2016 and please feel free to disseminate this call to your colleagues.

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.