LOCATE Workshop

Wednesday 27th September 2017

National Oceanography Centre Southampton

The Seminar Room Level 4 

The transfer of soil organic carbon from land to ocean via rivers, estuaries and coastal water is a key term in the global carbon cycle which we know very little about, but one that we know is increasing and which is linked to land usage patterns and industrial processes. At a local scale it contributes to water quality issues and catchment carbon accounting. For these reasons NERC has recently invested ca 5 million pounds in LOCATE, a programme which aims to estimate land ocean carbon transfers across the whole of Great Britain by sampling the rivers and estuaries draining around 30-50% of GB. The overarching objectives of LOCATE are: to understand the key processes which control these transfers; to determine how they will change into the future and to assist key stakeholders from across the governmental, industrial, academic and NGO sectors; and to understand and manage the factors controlling these transfers.

LOCATE has reached a critical point where the whole GB sampling is close to complete and the process work is being planned. We would like to invite you to a workshop hosted at the NOC in Southampton on September 27th 2017, where we plan to:

  1. Present the preliminary results of the whole GB sampling
  2. Seek your input regarding the process work planned for 2018-19
  3. Build partnerships with non-LOCATE groups focussed on land ocean carbon transfers.

For more information on the project visit http://locate.ac.uk

To register to attend the workshop please click here 


9.30      Registration and Refreshments 

10.00    Introductions, housekeeping and overview of the day Prof Richard Sanders Group Head Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems NOC

10.10    "Where Science Meets Industry" Kevin Forshaw Associate Director of Innovation and Enterprise NOC

10.25    Land ocean carbon fluxes: international carbon accounting & climate policy Prof Richard Sanders

10.40    LOCATE overview talk – what it is and what have we done so far?  Dr Dan Mayor

10.55    SPITFIRE overview talk – training the next generation of environmental scientists Prof Mark Moore

11.10    Refreshments 

11.30    LOCATE Technology to address sampling challenges Prof Matthew Mowlem Group Head Ocean Technology and Engineering NOC

11.45    LOCATE Modelling talk Dr Vicky Bell Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

12.00    Land management/REDD accounting talk Prof Chris Evans Centre for Ecology and Hydrology 

12.15    International stakeholder engagement Dr Claire Evans NOC

12.30-   Lunch, posters/flash presentations (student engagement session)

1.30      Round table discussion groups:

  •              Technology: requirements and solutions
  •              Land management: decisions today influence fluxes tomorrow
  •              Modelling: translating academic insight into real world solutions
  •              International: carbon accounting methodologies (RINGO, ICOS, REDD+ etc.)

3.00     Refreshments 

3.30    Summarise talks/Report back/next steps

4.30-5.00 Tour of National Oceanography Centre Facilities 

5.00 – 6.00 pm drinks