5th International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals 2012
In the last decade the global presence of deep sea, cold-water corals in a range of ocean margin
settings has been established, and is still being expanded. Associated with the corals is the presence
of huge carbonate mound structures and deep sea reefs which contain unique records and a detailed
history of ambient ocean water conditions over periods of rapid climate change. The coral reefs and
mounds form very rich benthic habitats, of spectacular biodiversity, housing more coral species in
deep cold-waters than in tropical coral reefs. Because of their function as a nursery for commercially
important fisheries, in combination with increasing environmental pressures, the cold-water corals,
reefs and mounds are seriously threatened and management and policy making is a must.
The 5th International Deep Sea Coral Symposium addresses new developments and knowledge
through a range of themes and topics and will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 1-7
Host and Support
ISDSC 5 is hosted and organized by the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (Royal NIOZ),
with considerable support from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and
other European, American and international Organisations, as well as by sponsors.
We look forward to a very successful Symposium and to meeting you in Amsterdam.
The ISDSC has become the major conference for all aspects of cold-water coral research. Crossing
the boundaries between marine geology, biology, chemistry and physics, the meeting will address
key scientific issues such as ecosystem functioning, biodiversity, environmental forcing factors, coral
carbonate mound initiation, and their role in past and present biogeography, deep-water reef
development and diagenesis as well as more applied aspects including (potential) reservoir
capacities of carbonate mounds (under past and present constraints) and the effects of climate
change. All these issues will be discussed in a global context alongside dedicated science-policy
interface sessions outlining the most recent developments in management and conservation.
ISDSC 5 is the fifth of a series of science-driven, non-commercial symposia concerning Deep Sea
Corals and Carbonate Mounds and Reefs, and follows upon earlier meetings in Halifax (Canada),
Erlangen (Germany), Miami (USA) and Wellington (New Zealand). ISDSC 5 will host workshops of
pan-European and Trans-Atlantic Coral Ecosystems Study groups.
submission Proceedings of
June 15th 2012
Video clip of ISDSC 5
1-6 April 2012, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Image in the right top corner: USGS DISCOVRE 2008