INCISE, the International Network for Submarine Canyon Investigation and Scientific Exchange is an initiative that aims to bring together scientists working on all aspects of submarine canyon research, and to stimulate discussions across disciplines. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd editions were hosted in Brest, FRANCE, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND, and Victoria, CANADA (http://incise2016.oceannetworks.ca/home). The 4th symposium (INCISE2018) will take place in Shenzhen, Guangdong, CHINA, from 5th to 7th November 2018. The event is hosted by the Department of Ocean Science & Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech).
According to recent studies derived from high-resolution seafloor mapping, in the order of 10,000 submarine canyons exist worldwide. Fewer than one hundred canyons (only 1%) have been studied with some level of detail in terms of geology, physical oceanography, or habitat heterogeneity and biodiversity.
Submarine canyons are very important features along the world’s continental and island margins. They create terrain habitat heterogeneity and provide important pathways for terrestrial sediments and carbon, detrital organic matter, pollutants and marine debris from the shelf to the deep sea. Canyons often concentrate organic matter enhancing overall ecosystem biomass and fisheries and acting as biodiversity hotspots. Canyons are also conduits for destructive gravity flows that caused devastating geohazards.
Recent advances in technology (e.g., ROVs, AUVs, gliders, etc.) allowed the expansion in the exploration of submarine canyons, revealing exuberant ecosystems with never-seen before life forms and entire habitats. However, while the scientific exploration on canyons advances, so does the human footprint into the deep sea, and on canyons in particular, with the increased worldwide demands for oil and gas, mineral deposits, and fisheries.
Therefore, the scientific community has the responsibility to prepare a comprehensive assessment of the role submarine canyons in generating and maintaining deep-sea biodiversity, ecosystem function and services; and in support of developing marine policies defining clear strategies for conservation.
Shenzhen, whose nickname is PengCheng(city of roc), is one of the provincial cities of Guangdong province. It is west to the Daya and Dapeng Bays, farther east to the Pearl River Estuary and Lingdingyang, north to Hong Kong, and south of Dongguan and Huizhou.
Shenzhen is the first special economic zone of China, serving as a window for China’s reform and openness. Now, Shenzhen has developed into an international city with great influence, creating the”Shenzhen Speed” which attracts worldwide attention. The autumn scenery of Shenzhen is very beautiful,attracting a large number of tourists from all over the world to visit it every year.
John Y. Chen (陈永顺)
Chuanlun Zhang (张传伦)
Jingping Xu (徐景平)
Qingsong Liu (刘青松)
Xinxin Li (李芯芯)
Zhiqiang Liu (刘志强)
Dujiao Guo (郭杜姣)
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)