A major objective of the Chemical Oceanography Gordon Research Conference is to bring together every two years leading members of the scientific community, graduate students, and post docs to discuss new, cutting-edge research projects in marine chemistry within an informal setting. In 2011, the Chemical Oceanography Gordon Research Conference will be held August 14-19, 2011 at Proctor Academy in New Hampshire. The theme for this year's conference will be "Linking the Time and Space Scales of Chemical Oceanography" and will emphasize the need to comprehend the response of the ocean to anthropogenic forcing within the context of a mechanic understanding of the underlying processes and an historical perspective for how the processes have changed over time. The primary goal of the conference is to provide a forum that brings together scientists that are leading contributors in the field of marine chemistry and graduate students/postdocs to exchange ideas on new, innovative research. Presentations and discussions at the 2011 Gordon Conference will center around the following session topics: (1) The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: A Status Report; (2) The Marine Phosphorus Cycle: Past, Present and Future; (3) New Insights Into the Marine Nitrogen Cycle; (4) Chemical Oceanography in Deep Time; (5) Glacial-Interglacial Changes in Ocean Chemistry; (6) Trace Element Cycling in the Oceans: Biotic Influences and Responses; (7) Submarine Groundwater Discharge; (8) Carbon Processing in the Coastal Ocean; and (9) Benthic Biogeochemical Processes Across Space and Time. The Chemical Oceanography Gordon Research Conference has become recognized as an important venue to exchange ideas in the interdisciplinary field of marine chemistry and to forge new scientific alliances. For this reason, the National Science Foundation, along with the Gordon Research Conference, will co-sponsor the participation of at least 17 graduate student/post docs and 33 invited speakers/discussion leaders/chairs in the 2011 Chemical Oceanography Gordon Research Conference.

Project Report

The Gordon Research Conference CHEMICAL OCEANOGRAPHY was held at Proctor Academy, Andover, New Hampshire, August 14 - 19, 2011. The Conference was well-attended with 140 participants (attendees list attached). The attendees represented the spectrum of endeavor in this field coming from academia, industry, and government laboratories, both U.S. and foreign scientists, senior researchers, young investigators, and students. Of the 140 attendees, 80 voluntarily responded to a general inquiry regarding ethnicity which appears on our registration forms. Of the 80 respondents, 12% were Minorities – 4% Hispanic, 7% Asian and 1% African American. Approximately 46% of the participants at the 2011 meeting were women. In designing the formal speakers program, emphasis was placed on current unpublished research and discussion of the future target areas in this field. There was a conscious effort to stimulate lively discussion about the key issues in the field today. Time for formal presentations was limited in the interest of group discussions. In order that more scientists could communicate their most recent results, poster presentation time was scheduled. Attached is a copy of the formal schedule and speaker program and the poster program. In addition to these formal interactions, "free time" was scheduled to allow informal discussions. Such discussions are fostering new collaborations and joint efforts in the field. Thank you for your support of this Conference. As you know, in the interest of promoting the presentation of unpublished and frontier-breaking research, Gordon Research Conferences does not permit publication of meeting proceedings.

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