We particularly welcome interdisciplinary presentations related to global change aspects, changes in biodiversity, the fair and sustainable use of marine resources, ocean-land-atmosphere interactions, big and open data in the ocean, and participatory science. These are the themes to be developed at the conference:

We particularly welcome interdisciplinary presentations related to global change aspects, changes in biodiversity, the fair and sustainable use of marine resources, ocean-land-atmosphere interactions, big and open data in the ocean, and participatory science. These are the themes to be developed at the conference:


Facing Global

change in the


Currently, humankind is facing the so-called “Sixth mass extinction event”. This crisis affects all global ecosystems, but marine and coastal systems are particulary vulnerable because of intensive human activities in and around those areas. Though marine ecosystems, and the species and populations they harbor, are changing in response to both natural and anthropogenic factors, there is growing concern surrounding rapid human-mediated processes such as habitat degradation, pollution, human-caused climate forcing, ocean acidification, fishing pressure, and the introduction of invasive species.

This session therefore welcomes contributions on:

  • Environmental changes in key ecosystems,
  • Effects of environmental changes on key marine species,
  • Understanding past environmental changes to predict the future, and
  • Marine conservation.

In particular, we encourage interdisciplinary presentations, combining earth and life sciences to study the response of ecosystems and model species to the drivers of global change.


Fair and

Sustainable use of

marine resources

(fisheries, aquaculture,
bioprospecting, -omics,
marine energy).

To talk about sustainability and the rational or fair use of marine resources, we must inevitably address and recognize the importance of biological knowledge of diversity and the environment. Under resource we include any marine species potentially or currently exploited for food, or to yield other products valuable products. Many human groups depend directly or indirectly on marine ecosystems and their biodiversity for their livelihood. For this reason, the sustainable use, conservation or restoration of marine resources are priority research topics. Among the most representative economic activities associated with the use of marine, resources are fisheries and aquaculture. Also, Bioprospecting understood as the search for new species or their derivatives for commercial and industrial purposes, represents a field of action with great potential for the future. Thus under this theme we invite the scientific community to submit any topic directly or indirectly related to these issues.





The ocean is connected to the atmosphere and land through several two-way processes, which take place at different spatial and temporal scales. They interchange water, heath, chemical substances, particles, and momentum. Some of the interconnections encompass the three systems. For example, ocean heath content determines atmospheric pressure centers in the atmosphere, pressure centers form winds, which in turn transfer momentum to the ocean, producing waves and currents, which transport sediments from the land and model the coastal shape. Consequently, understanding interconnections between these three systems in the tropical region is a big challenge of marine science in the present and the future. This session will include research on any aspect of the ocean, land, and atmosphere interaction, dealing with: (i) oceanic phenomena forced by atmosphere or land; (ii) effects of oceanic phenomena on the atmosphere or land; (iii) physical or chemical interchanges between the three systems; (iv) understanding tropical particularities on ocean land-atmosphere interactions (v) temporal and spatial scales of interaction.


Big and open

data in the


(satellite, sensors,

monitoring station).

In order to understand the complex processes taking place in the ocean and the coasts, the use of information from databases and in situ sensor measurements is increasing. This session is expected to learn about the developments and challenges faced by researchers who use data in the ocean. Here, in situ and remote measurement tools, methodologies, and tools are expected to be presented and discussed. In this way, we hope to connect the challenges of the use of oceanographic information and its associated processes. The session will focus on big and open data in the ocean.

  • Data services and tools in ocean science.
  • Technical developments by the use of marine information and data management.
  • Marine environmental infraestructures for observation data (data management and access).
  • Data products, information and knowledge.




Conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal resources is a whole society’s responsibility. Currently, one of the reasons of marine and coastal systems degradation is the use of top-down governance strategies, wich ignore the traditional knowledge of local communities about the ecosystems -as well as their problems and possible solutions-, and do not allow participation and open dialogue between decision-makers and the communities at different scales, for the design of sustainable ways of using resources. The Ecological system heavily depends on its relationship with society. For this reason, there is incresing interest in socio-ecological systems seeking to highlight the importance of this two-way relationship between nature and society.

There are already succesful experiences in resource management and conservation, where the civil society plays a key role, and where mechanisms such as collective action, behavioral science lessons, multi-stakeholder approaches and, in general, bottom-up schemes have shown their effectiveness in the fair and sustainable management of ecosystems or resources, including marine and coastal systems. In this session, we hope to have contributions that include some of these experiences (and others) showing how collective construction with all the actors in the territory, and different visions or disciplines, contribute to solving management problems of marine and coastal resources.

Therefore, we welcome presentations on the following topics:

  • Community participation in resource management: lessons learned and challenges.
  • Dialogue of interdisciplinary knowledge.
  • Dialogue of traditional knowledge.
  • Transformative science or science for transformation.
  • Social Appropriation of Knowledge.
  • Multi-stakeholder approaches to the management of marine and coastal systems or resources.