Resilience of the Gulf of California

First communication           

Web Workshop

Resilience of the Gulf of California

After six years of warming conditions and reduced productivity

Texto del primer comunicado




Organized by Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas-Instituto Politécnico Nacional and Instituto de Ciencias del Mar–Universidad Nacional Autónoma e México, November 18–20, 2020 (8:00-16:00 h, duration may change depending of number of people participating during the web workshop).


The Gulf of California had experienced a long period 2014–2020 of anomalous warm sea surface conditions and decreasing sea surface chlorophyll-a concentrations compared with 2000–2013 period. The implications of such anomalous conditions on different ecosystems of the gulf remains basically unknown at this time scale.

            A 3-days workshop is proposed to discuss and understand the influence of such anomalies in the marine ecosystems of the Gulf of California to respond the question whether the Gulf of California is experiencing a decrease in biomass or productivity linked with climate variability? We invite students and researchers to show and discuss research related to response of biota to these unprecedent climatic conditions in an integrative perspective during a Web Workshop using System Zoom. There will be Oral online presentations of 30 minutes (including questions) from the audience and also it will be Electronic posters that will be permanently hosted in a web served for reading during conference with possibility to interact with the authors via distinct zoom accounts during a period specifically assigned for poster discussion (2 h each day of the workshop). No application fee is required for application and will be provided an official letter of participation for people presenting Oral or online poster, as well as official letter of participation for people that participate in the discussion of the meeting. Each person can be first author of maximum two works, one oral and another one poster. Our goal is to link the observed from remote satellite sensing and in situ measurements to a broad areas and knowledge of biological, ecological and oceanographic processes of the Gulf of California.


Topics to be discussed (but not limited to)

Biodiversity and productivity

Studies that quantify biodiversity and productivity in distinct ecosystems in the Gulf of California

Plankton, benthos and/or nekton ecology associated with climatic change

Ecological studies that quantify changes in species composition, abundance and biomass in time and space as a function of climatic change

Health ecosystem and food security (fisheries and conservation)

Ecosystem health status and fishery stocks based on comparison of ecological indexes among regions

Ocean circulation

Studies of ocean circulation influence on dispersion, retention and productivity of biota in the Gulf of California

Meteorology and oceanography explaining climatic changes

Meteorological and oceanographical studies driven to understand climatic change at distinct time and space scales


Mathematical models to explain climatic change to any biota complexity among different ecosystems


Why the workshop?

This web workshop intent to gather students, scientists, and experts interested to integrate information to evaluate which is the current ecosystem health status of the Gulf of California and investigate resilience under likely prolonged climatic anomalies in the future.

During the end of the workshop (Nov 20, 2020, 10-12 h) we will have a Discussion section analyzing the main conclusions of the web workshop with emphasis on the organization of present and future research work efforts to understand the current ecosystem status of the Gulf of California.

Additionally, we will to discuss and organize a publication of the results obtained during the web workshop as independent review or original research articles to be submitted as special issue in Marine Ecology Progress Series, or Progress in Oceanography; or alternatively  as different chapters of a Springer Nature book with the name of the web Workshop. This decision well be taken with the consensus of most of the participants interested to submit a manuscript. Guess Editor Dr. Jaime Gómez-Gutiérrez (open for more volunteer guess editors).


Relevant dates

  • First communication and open convocatory Jun 26, 2020
  • Abstract submission Aug 30, 2020
  • Response to abstracts (decision of oral or poster) Sep 2, 2020
  • Second communication Sep 4, 2020
  • Third communication (Electronic abstract book & itinerary) Sep 31, 2020
  • Web Workshop Nov 18-20, 2020
  • Deadline for title intention of manuscript Jan 6 , 2021
  • Formal invitation of submission of a manuscript: Jan 15, 2021
  • Manuscript submission May 31, 2021
  • Intended publication Nov 30, 2021