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International Hg intercalibration cruise organise a special session for the ASLO summer meeting

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10‐15, June 2018, Victoria, B.C., Canada.

We are excited to let you know that we, Andrea G Bravo, Erik Björn, Brian Branfireun and Lars-Eric Heimburger, are organising a special session for the ASLO summer meeting , 10‐15, June 2018, Victoria, B.C., Canada.

"SS63 : Understanding The Mercury Cycle in a Changing World : Linking Terrestrial and Aquatic Systems "

The toxicity of mercury (Hg) has raised international concerns. The Minamata Convention on Mercury has finally entered into force on 16 August 2017 and seeks to reduce Hg emissions and to protect human health and the environment from its adverse effects. However, defining and quantifying relationships between Hg sources, and Hg levels in the environment remain an important challenge. Understanding the biogeochemical factors controlling the fate of Hg is thus crucial to predict future Hg and methylmercury concentrations in the environment and biota. Moreover, future environmental changes such as increases in temperature, runoff, brownification, and primary production may alter the biogeochemical cycling of Hg in both terrestrial and aquatic (both freshwater and marine) environments. Given this, the reduction of Hg emissions alone will not necessarily translate into decreases in Hg in aquatic systems. Unveiling the fate of Hg at the interface of terrestrial and aquatic systems will improve current models of Hg cycling and result in more effective management strategies. We seek presentations describing fundamental processes driving Hg transformations and transport across terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems at a range of scales from the individual catchment to continents and oceans. Contributions that link these processes to risks for human health (i.e. food safety), and or future environmental change are also encouraged.

Keywords : Mercury, Biogeochemistry, Ecosystem, Environmental Change, Lake, Marine

As we know you are doing important research within the scope of this session we would, on behalf of the conference, like to invite you to share your work, ideas, research, and challenges in the field of mercury by submitting an abstract for consideration within our session.

You can find detailed instructions regarding abstract submission here (

Abstract submission and registration will be open by early January 2018. Please note the deadline is on 9 February 2018 (11:59 pm, Central Standard Time USA). Authors will be notified in March 2018.

Please let us know if you have any questions at any time.

We look forward to seeing you in Victoria !


Erik, Brian, Lars-Eric and Andrea

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