Biogeochemistry Task Team

Biogeochemistry Task Team (BGCTT) works to develop strategies and design plans for the biogeochemical contributions to the Tropical Pacific Observing System. The BGCTT will begin with carbon biogeochemistry as its core scientific concern, including primary productivity but not higher trophic levels (zooplankton to fish). Amongst other tasks within their terms of reference, the BGCTT will create a prioritized list of variables that will be measured as part of the BGC observing network as well as provide guidance on implementation of these measurements, including needed/potential new technologies and required process studies.

Project Function

The role of the Biogeochemistry Task Team (BGCTT) is to evaluate and recommend the most promising focii, and to provide advice on possible solutions. The Biogeochemistry Task Team will begin with carbon biogeochemistry as its core scientific concern. Here will be the consideration of the term biogeochemistry to
include primary productivity (noting that the Backbone Observing System likely includes ocean color satellites) but not higher trophic levels (zooplankton to fish).

Task Team Publications

  • Dec. 2014: Terms of Reference (see below)

 

Task Team Details

Task Team Members and Affiliations:

  • Adrienne Sutton, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab, USA*
  • Pete Strutton, University of Tasmania, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Australia*
  • Fei Chai, University of Maine, USA
  • Francisco Chavez, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, USA
  • Dick Feely, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab, USA
  • Masao Ishii, Japanese Meteorological Agency, Japan
  • Kitack Lee, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea
  • Akihiko Murata, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Japan
  • Haili Wang, Xiamen University, China

*Denotes Co-chairs

Terms of Reference

The role of the Biogeochemistry Task Team (BGCTT) is to evaluate and recommend the most promising focii, and to provide advice on possible solutions. The Biogeochemistry Task Team will begin with carbon biogeochemistry as its core scientific concern. Here we consider the term biogeochemistry to include primary productivity (noting that the Backbone Observing System likely includes ocean color satellites) but not higher trophic levels (zooplankton to fish).

  • To develop strategies and design plans for the biogeochemical contributions to the Tropical Pacific Observing System, taking into account, as appropriate, the Backbone Observing System and guidance being developed by other TPOS 2020 Task Teams.
  • Provide guidance as required to the Backbone Observing System Task Team on strategies and plans for potential biogeochemical elements of the Backbone.
  • Determine the requirements, including time and space scales that should be resolved, either through Backbone contributions, or through specialised contributions to TPOS.
  • Provide a prioritised list of variables that will be measured as part of the BGC observing network.
  • Provide guidance on implementation, including needed/potential new technologies and required process studies.
  • Maintain communication with the GOOS Biogeochemistry and Biology Panels, as appropriate.