MOCA Science Workshop and Project Kick-Off Meeting

MOCA Science Workshop and Project Kick-Off Meeting

29 – 31 October 2013

Arranged at NILU, Kjeller and CIENS, Oslo Research Park

Organised by Cathrine Lund Myhre, Adam Durant and Ann Mari Fjæraa – NILU


Part 1, 29-30 October:  Science Workshop (WS) with presentations and discussion of the present status and knowledge of Arctic methane and processes at the seafloor, in the ocean/atmosphere, and the climate impacts of methane. The WS aims to give a broad introduction to the relevant topics for the MOCA project, to contribute to integration and interaction across relevant fields of research. Furthermore, tools and infrastructures available and relevant for the project will be introduced.

Part 2: 30-31. October: Project Kick-Off (KO) meeting for MOCA – Methane Emissions from the Arctic OCean to the Atmosphere: Present and Future Climate Effects. The project KO meeting is arranged back-to-back with the MOCA WS and is open to all invited participants. External participation is also welcome, which would be particularly valuable on 29 – 30 October.

Participants at the October 2013 project kick-off meeting

Participant list
Amund Søvde  – CiceroAdam Durant – NILU
Dave Lowry  – Royal Holloway Univ. UKAndreas Stohl – NILU
Euan Nisbet – Royal Holloway Univ. UKAnn Mari Fjæraa – NILU
Gunnar Myhre – CiceroCathrine Lund Myhre – NILU
Inger Solheim – Univ. of TromsøIgnacio Pisso – NILU
Ira Leifer – Bubbleology Research International and University of California, USANorbert Schmidbauer – NILU
Ivar Isaksen – CiceroOve Hermansen – NILU
Jean-Daniel Paris – LSCE, France
Jens Grienert – GEOMAR, Germany
Jürgen Mienert – Univ. of Tromsø
Michelle Cain – Cambridge University, UK
Stig B. Dalsøren – Cicero
Øyvind Hodnebrog – Cicero


Tuesday 29. October, location NILU
13.00Welcome and introduction to the meeting (Cathrine Lund Myhre)
Session 1:Methane and the climate system (Chair: Øyvind Hodnebrog – Cicero)
13.15-14.15 Presentations, ca 20 min + 5 min disc.-        Methane in Paleoclimatic perspectives: on sudden large releases of methane in pre-historic times (Euan Nisbet, Royal Holloway University)-        Methane in the atmosphere; direct and indirect climate effects (Gunnar Myhre, Cicero)-        Large potential methane emission from permafrost in the Arctic (Ivar Isaksen Cicero/UiO)
Session 2:Methane in the atmosphere: observations and understanding of sources last 30 years (Chair: Adam Durant – NILU)
14.15-16.00Presentations, ca 20 min + 5 min disc.  –        Methane observations in Arctic region, trends, and last atmospheric development (Cathrine Lund Myhre, NILU)-        Development of methane emissions and atmospheric composition since 1970 -> present (Stig Dalsøren, Cicero)-        Measurement of isotopes of methane in the Arctic – from micro to macro scale (Dave Lowry, Royal Holloway University)Ca 14.45: Coffee, refreshments & leg stretching
Session 3Reports from recent and ongoing campaigns, relevant tools and infrastructures ( Chair: Ignacio Pisso – NILU)
16.00 – 18.00Presentations, ca 20 + 5 min each:-         Applications of inverse modelling for understanding of emissions and analysis of observations (Andreas Stohl, NILU)-         Early analysis of CH4 (and other) measurements from recent aircraft campaigns over Siberia (Jean-Daniel Paris, LSCE)-         MAAM: overview of project and introduction to first/prelim results (Michelle Cain, Cambridge University)-         CAGE – Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate: 2013 preliminary cruise results (Jürgen Mienert, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø)
20.00MOCA WS dinner, Oslo
Wednesday 30. October, location: CIENS, Oslo Research Park
Session 5Arctic Ocean, methane hydrates and emissions (Chair: Inger Solheim – UiT)
10.00-11.30Presentations, ca 20 min + 5 min disc. –        Methane hydrates and sea floor processes and emissions (Jürgen Mienert, UiT)-        Hydroacoustic quantification of free-gas venting offshore Svalbard, Arctic: Changes in space and time (Jens Greinert, GEOMAR)-         Methane release on the East Siberian Arctic Shelf (Ira Leifer, Bubbleology Research International and University of California)
MOCA Kick off meetingAll WS participants are invited
12.15-12.45 MOCA – Introduction and overview (Cathrine Lund Myhre) Rapporteur: Ann Mari Fjæraa 
12.45-16.00Presentation of WP1: “Improved process understanding and description of the present state of the ocean and atmosphere around Svalbard” including the milestones and time line (Adam Durant) Discussion of-        Logistics for campaigns and aim for completion of logistical plan for 2014-        Options for supporting measurements for the flight and ship campaigns-        Discussions about the set up and needs for campaign forecasts-        Access to observations, data management and distribution of data and results within project Rapporteur: Ann Mari Fjæraa Refreshments (fruit) + leg stretching when necessary
Ca 18.00(Probably) Excursion and dinner at Frognerseteren and Holmenkollen Ski arena
Thursday 31. October, location NILU
09.00-10.00Presentation of WP2 “Understanding of present and future methane release from ocean”  including the milestones and time line (Jürgen Mienert)Discussion of-        Specification of the needs for the model studies-        Possible synergies and collaboration with other ongoing campaigns?-        AOB Rapporteur: Ann Mari Fjæraa 
10.00-11.00Presentation of WP3 “ Present and future projections of climate effects”  including the milestones and time line (Gunnar Myhre) Discussion of-        Specification of the needs for the model studies-        AOB Rapporteur: Ann Mari Fjæraa 
11.00-11.30 Presentation of WP4: Management, Organization and outreach (Cathrine Lund Myhre)-        Administrative, contractual and financial issues-        Scientific Steering Committee-        Communication within project-        Outreach and the web site-        Next meeting Rapporteur: Ann Mari Fjæraa 
11.30Wrap up and summary (Adam Durant/Ann Mari Fjæaraa)
12.00End of meeting
Lunch at NILU, Kjeller