Detailed Program

The 3rd INCISE symposium will take place at Victoria's inner harbour Hotel Grand Pacific. Oral presentations and poster sessions will be both held at the main Vancouver Island Ballroom. Break out sessions will be held at Gabriola, Saltspring and Galeano rooms. Symposium sessions will start at 8:30 am and end around 18:30 in the evening.

Day 1 - July 25

Registration and Opening 

Time 2016 INCISE Symposium Opening
8:30 INCISE team Final registration, distribution of symposium materials and badges
9:00 De Leo F.C., Puig P., Huvenne V., Davies J. Welcome from the 2016 INCISE Symposium organizing committee
9:15 Moran K. Welcome from Ocean Networks Canada president and CEO

Oral presentations 

Time Author and Presentation Titlle
9:30 Greene G. Opening Keynote: A tribute to Francis Parker Shepard – Father of Marine Geology – Insights of his work on submarine canyons
10:00 Allen S.

Keynote: INCISE Theme 1- Canyon processes in the space-time continuum (formation, evolution, circulation)
Flow Patterns, Nutrient Fluxes and Biological Aggregation in Submarine Canyons

10:30 Coffe-break  
11:00 Greenan B.  Mean circulation and high-frequency flow amplification in the Sable Gully
11:20 Hamann M. Observations of nonlinear internal tides and turbulence in a steep canyon
11:40 Zhang W. Inhomogeneous internal wave generation and propagation at a shelfbreak canyon
12:00 Lo lacono C. Upslope vs downslope asymmetric bedforms at the head of a submarine canyon
12:20 Carter G. Geomechanical properties of submarine bedrock cliffs: controls on rock slope failures within the Whittard Canyon, Celtic Margin
12:40 Lunch  
13:40 Murphy P. Reveal the full extent of submarine canyons; The application of Drainage Network Analysis to the Gollum Canyon System, NE Atlantic
14:00 Amblas D. Towards an understanding of the long-term evolution of submarine canyons
14:20 Huvenne V.

Keynote: INCISE Theme 2 - New ways to study submarine canyons: integrated programs, new technologies and coordinated monitoring efforts
Obtaining an integrated, multiresolution picture of a single submarine canyon system

14:50 Amaro T. The Whittard Canyon – a case study of submarine canyon processes
15:10 Coffe break  
15:30 Talling P. New insights into links between flow events, benthic biology and carbon fluxes: a proposal for co-ordinating international monitoring efforts at series of “global test sites”
15:50 Lintern G. Measuring powerful turbidity currents which leave no trace
16:10 Matos F. Exploring the submarine canyons' scientific landscape


16:30 - 18:00 Poster session*

*Posters from all INCISE themes will be displayed throughout the entire symposium. We recommned presenters to hang posters before the symposium opening (during registration) or during first coffee or lunch breaks on Monday. 

Authors Poster title
Rumin-Caparrós A.

The Avilés Canyon system: morphology and sediment transport

Machuca I. Numerical Simulation Exploring the Mechanisms Driving Upwelling in Mackenzie Canyon, Beaufort Sea
Power K.

The Porcupine Bank Canyon, NE Atlantic: A natural laboratory to study the potential of Cold-Water Corals as archives of environmental change

Gales J. Active processes influencing the morphology of submarine gullies – new insights from marine robotics
Kershaw C. Origin, transport and burial of organic matter in the Whittard Canyon, North East Atlantic
Zecchin M. A middle Pleistocene outcrop analogue of submarine canyon fill along the Ionian side of Calabria (southern Italy): depositional processes and relationships with the modern submarine canyons
Allcock L. Crinoid fauna of the NE Atlantic
Chatzievangelou D. High-frequency patterns in the abundance of benthic species near a cold-seep – an internet operated vehicle application
Lastras G. La Fonera canyon, northwestern Mediterranean: A threatened cold-water coral habitat
De Leo F.C. Early benthic successional processes at implanted substrates in Barkley Submarine Canyon affected by a permanent oxygen minimum zone
Chiocci F. Assessing anthropogenic impacts in the deep-sea: Marine litter along submarine canyons of the Central Mediterranean Sea
Matos F. Connecting dots across Mediterranean seascape: the role of submarine canyons on Lophelia pertusa connectivity
Amblas D. Seabed imprint of dense shelf water cascading


Day 2 - July 26 

Oral presentations

Time Author and Presentation Titlle
8:30 Smith C.R.

Keynote: INCISE Theme 3 - Patterns in submarine canyons: role of scale and heterogeneity
Early phytoplankton bloom and large seafloor productivity footprint in Andvord Bay fjord, Antarctica: results from the first FjordEco cruise

9:00 Davies J. A critical evaluation of methods to compare the diversity of 2 submarine canyons
9:20 Le Bris N. The Lacaze-Duthiers canyon: a natural laboratory to study deep-sea ecosystem dynamics and functions in a climate change context
9:40 Fabri, M-C. Cold-water coral ecosystems in Cassidaigne Canyon: an assessment of their environmental living conditions
10:00 Robert K. Whittard Canyon's eastern branch: zooming in from tidal models to fine-scale photogrammetry
10:20 Coffee break  
10:50 Gunton L. Benthic Polychaete Assemblage Patterns in the Whittard Canyon System
11:10 Campanyà-Llovet N. Food quantity and quality available for benthic communities within Pacific and Atlantic submarine canyons
11:30 Wei C.L. Effects of sediment source-sink dynamics on deep-sea benthos in the submarine canyon
11:50 Fenton D. Keynote: INCISE Theme 4 - Physical and anthropogenic disturbance in submarine canyons, conservation and marine policy
The Gully Marine Protected Area: reflections on 20 years of conservation efforts for Canada's largest submarine canyon
12:20 Moors-Murphy H.

Passive acoustic monitoring of cetaceans in the Gully Marine Protected Area and adjacent areas of the Scotian Slope

12:40 Lunch Lunch served at the Vancouver Island Ballroom
13:40 Pierdomenico M. Anthropogenic impacts on the megafauna of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems along the Gioia Canyon (Southern Tyrrhenian Sea)
14:00 Canals M. Litter peak concentrations in submarine canyons of the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea and the critical role of hydrodynamic processes in their dispersal
14:20 Harris P. Conservation priorities of submarine canyons from analysis of a global seafloor geomorphic features map
14:40 Eggett A. Collecting evidence to inform management discussions within deep-sea canyon environments
15:00 Ritchlin J. Feature talk by the David Suzuki Foundation - Meeting the Challenges and Opportunities of Ocean 
15:30 Coffee break  
16:00 INCISE Working Group breakout sessions INCISE Theme 1: Vancouver Island Ball Room (main symposium room)
INCISE Theme 2: Gabriola Room 
INCISE Theme 3: Saltspring Room 
INCISE Theme 4: Galeano Room 

17:30 - 18:30 Poster session*

*Posters from all INCISE themes will be displayed throughout the entire symposium. We recommned presenters to hang posters before the symposium opening (during registration) or during first coffee or lunch breaks on Monday.

Day 3 - July 27

Time Author and Presentation Titlle
8:30 Paull C. Keynote: Special Session 1 - Sediment transport monitoring in submarine canyons
The challenge of monitoring sediment flows within submarine canyons: lessons learned in Monterey Canyon
9:00 Liu J. Tidal versus hyperpycnal regimes in the dynamics and sedimentation in the Gaoping Submarine Canyon off SW Taiwan
9:20 Symons W. How accurately can the structure of turbidity currents be reconstructed from their deposits?
9:40 Sumner E. Canyon filling and flushing along the California Margin
10:00 Stacey C.D. Evolution of a recent channel-levee complex inferred from levee deposits on the Fraser Delta front, British Columbia, Canada
10:20 Coffee break  
10:50 Normandeau A. Sediment density flow activity in sediment-starved submarine canyons (Pointe-des-Monts, Eastern Canada)
11:10 Puig P. Submarine canyon-head morphologies and inferred sediment transport processes in the Alías-Almanzora canyon system (SW Mediterranean)
11:30 Ramos K.M.

Special Session 2: Interdisciplinary studies in Barkley Canyon
Tracer and nutrient transport through upwelling submarine canyons

11:50 Ogston A. Sediment dynamics within Barkley Canyon: impact of dynamical processess on particles in suspension and their potential sources
12:10 Doya C. Yearly epibenthic megafaunal community dynamics at a cold seep (Barkley Canyon) using a tracked Sea Crawler
12:30 Lunch Lunch served at the Vancouver Island Ballroom
13:30 Chauvet P. Characterization of factors controlling the macrofaunal communities dynamic and biodiversity of Barkley Canyon
13:50 De Leo F.C. Do Barkley Canyon trap overwintering populations of Neocalanus plumchrus (Copepoda, Calanidae) at depth? Insights into particulate organic carbon flux to deep-sea sediments based on video imagery from a seafloor cabled observatory
14:10 INCISE Working Group breakout sessions INCISE Theme 1: Vancouver Island Ball Room (main symposium room)
INCISE Theme 2: Gabriola Room 
INCISE Theme 3: Saltspring Room 
INCISE Theme 4: Galeano Room 
15:00  Coffee break  
15:30 Working group rapporteurs Summaries from working group task force
16:30 INCISE committee Symposium closure

INCISE Steering Committee:

  • Veerle Huvene (NOC)

  • Jamie Davies (UPL)

  • Joshu Mountjoy (NIWA)

  • Rob Hall (UEA)

  • Peter Harris (GRID-Arendal)

  • Nathalie Valette-Silver (NOAA)

  • Aaron Micallef (University of Malta)

  • Fabio De Leo (ONC)