We would like to invite you to join an action organized by the EU-funded projects ECOTIP and EU4OceanObs towards advancing modelling carbon sequestration in the Arctic. The aim is to bridge the gap between the marine biogeochemistry and ecosystem modelling requirements and the capacity of ocean observing networks to deliver adequate data. The initiative is endorsed by the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project, which is part of the Global Ocean Observing System.

The action has 3 phases (see below) and the final goal of publishing a community-perspective article identifying Biogenic Data Products to Advance Ocean Carbon Sequestration Modelling in the Arctic.

As Ocean Carbon Sequestration we define a sum of processes that capture and store atmospheric carbon dioxide for a significant time. Here we focus on biological processes of carbon sequestration related to carbon uptake, export, and recycling in the water column, benthic boundary layers, and the sea floor. Plankton is the targeted marine life group. By biogenic data products, we define reusable data resource/asset related to biological mediated processes which are derived from relevant data sources and made accessible and understandable to anyone who needs them to meet specific needs.

We invite people with experience in observing or/and modelling approaches and Arctic ecosystems to join us.

Action phases:

Phase 1- present survey: Community perspectives on identifying important processes for advancing modelling carbon sequestration in the Arctic. Phase 1 is open to everyone who would like to contribute to this effort as a co-author or not.

In the survey, we ask experts to rank a short list of priorities related to carbon uptake, export, and recycling (water column, benthic boundary layer, and sea floor). Participants can rank priorities for one, more than one, or all processes (uptake, export, recycling).

You can find the survey here. Please add your responses by September 20th. 

Phase 2- online workshop: Online workshop for identifying biogenic products related to the priorities from the survey, their observing status, and model readiness. The workshop will be held on October 18-19 and will be heavily focused on breakout sessions. The participants will receive more information 2 weeks before the meeting.

Phase 3- manuscript preparation: Engaged participants from phases 1 &2 will work as co-authors for the submission of a perspective article on biogenic data products for advancing ocean carbon.


We strongly believe that your contribution will bring important insights to our action.

We also kindly ask you to circulate the survey to anyone who might be interested in joining us.

For any questions, please contact Artur Palcaz (a.palacz@ioccp.org) and Maria Grigoratou



Best Regards,

Artur Palacz and Maria Grigoratou