Submarine canyon special volume to be published in Progress in Oceanography

posted Jul 18, 2017, 2:34 AM by Submarine canyons

We are delighted to announce that Progress in Oceanography have accepted the proposal to publish the next INCISE special issue 'Bridging the gap between shallow and deep ocean: the key role of submarine canyons'. This special issue is an outcome of the 3rd INCISE symposium held in Victoria in 2016 and will be edited by Fabio de Leo and Pere Puig. 
With the submission process of manuscripts currently underway, it is anticipated that the issue will be published early 2018. We'll keep you posted of the progress of the issue

New INCISE publication!

posted Feb 17, 2017, 4:24 AM by Submarine canyons

A new paper was published by Ulla Fernandez-Arcaya and a wide group of INCISE co-authors discussing the ecological role of submarine canyons and their need for conservation:

This paper is an outcome from INCISE2014 in Edinburgh, and was driven by WG3. It's great to see INCISE outputs come through!

INCISE2016 programme online

posted Mar 8, 2016, 2:54 AM by Submarine canyons

The 2016 INCISE Submarine Canyon Symposium preliminary program has now been posted on the conference website ( 

Note that there will be an informal workshop on sediment flow monitoring on canyons and other marine and coastal settings a day after the symposium, on July 28. Please contact the organizers to ensure your participation in case you may be interested.

Also, we encourage you to submit abstracts to the INCISE Symposium if you have not done so (deadline: 31 March!), and to book your trip and secure accommodations in Victoria as soon as possible, which is a very busy city during summer.  We have updated the list of hotels and other accommodation options for your convenience. While there are still a good number of rooms available, rates will rapidly increase as we approach the summer months.

The 2016 INCISE Symposium organizing committee is looking forward to see you in Victoria in July!

Atlantic Canyons project won a major prize!

posted Nov 14, 2015, 10:01 AM by Submarine canyons   [ updated Nov 14, 2015, 10:04 AM ]

Atlantic Canyons: Pathways to the Abyss was voted to be the NOPP project that best exemplifies the program's partnership objectives by the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology’s Interagency Working Group on Ocean Partnerships (IWG-OP).  

This award is meant to recognize the strong partnerships that have been built over time and their impact on the oceanographic community and was evaluated based on six characteristics:

 1)      1. Ocean sector diversity among partners;

2)      2. Level of effort/involvement by partners;

3)      3. Long-term commitment of partners beyond the NOPP-funding period;

4)      4. The success of the partnership in meeting its project objectives;

5)      5. Impact of the effort on ocean research and/or education; and

    6. Distinguishing characteristics of the partnership that contributed to its success.

Congratulations to our Canyons colleagues who drive this exciting programme!!

INCISE2016 Announced!

posted Nov 9, 2015, 1:25 PM by Submarine canyons

Our next INCISE symposium has just been announced:

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

New Paper on trawling effects

posted Nov 8, 2015, 12:45 PM by Submarine canyons

New paper on the sedimentological effects of bottom trawling in La Fonera Canyon by Pere Puig et al:

Cruise underway to Whittard canyon (NE Atlantic)

posted Aug 13, 2015, 3:32 AM by Submarine canyons

Follow the blog of the CODEMAP cruise to the Whittard canyon:

New paper on fish distribution in US canyons

posted Aug 13, 2015, 3:29 AM by Submarine canyons

New paper by Steve Ross et al. in Deep-Sea research I:

Canyon-related sessions at ASLO/Ocean Sciences

posted Jul 13, 2015, 6:58 AM by Submarine canyons

Our canyon community is one of the most active deep-sea research communities! If you don't make it to AGU, there are more opportunities to show & discuss your research. Next big meeting on the calendar will be the Ocean Sciences/ASLO meeting in New Orleans, 21 - 26 February 2016. There are two sessions of interest for submarine canyon research:

ME017: Integrated Assessments of Vulnerable Deep-Sea Ecosystems: methods, recent advances and future challenges (by Christian Mohn, Martin White and Kostas Kiriakoulakis)

ME011: Exploration and Research of Complex Deep-Sea Environments: a holistic approach to understanding submarine canyons and seamounts (by Jason Chaytor, Furu Mienis, Kelley Elliott and Elizabeth Lobecker)

Abstract submission starts on 20 July!

AGU session

posted Jun 22, 2015, 8:41 AM by Submarine canyons

Abstract submission for the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco (14-18 December 2015) has now opened and we would like to draw your attention to the following session.

Deep-sea ecosystems: natural dynamics and adaptation to climate and anthropogenic change (Session ID#: 8540)

Recent explorations have revealed widespread and diverse ecosystems in the deep-sea. These spectacular deep-sea ecosystems support high species biodiversity, biomass or both. Furthermore, they provide goods and services that are vital for the health and wellbeing of our planet. Different habitats have formed in relation to topography, oceanography (e.g. currents), water chemistry, seafloor substrate and food availability. Ecosystems such as cold-water coral reefs and hydrothermal vents not only support huge diversity of life, but are also vulnerable to impacts of human activities and climate change.  Natural dynamics, distribution, interconnections and adaptation of these ecosystems to anthropogenic change are critical to understanding ecosystem functioning through time and to make predictions about the future. This session will investigate ecosystems in specific areas of the oceans, including seamounts, cold-seeps, submarine canyons and continental slopes. Presenters are invited from different fields studying biogeographic patterns, biodiversity, biogeochemistry, oceanography and paleo-climatological characteristics of these fragile ecosystems.


Abstract submission deadline is: 5 August 23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 GMT.

We are looking forward to meet you in San Francisco,


Furu Mienis, Nancy Prouty and Brendan Roark

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