Posted: Fri, 10/16/2015 - 16:26

SOCCOM scientists are working to expand observations of ocean acidification with a little help from an XPRIZE. SOCCOM Associate Director Ken Johnson is a lead scientist on Team Durafet, a top finisher in the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE competition to develop accurate, stable and precise pH sensors for observing ocean chemistry. The team donated their $250,000 prize to the University of Washington Argo Group, headed by SOCCOM Observations Co-Lead Steve Riser, to enable the Argo program to expand its observations to include ocean acidification.

Check Presentationfrom left to right: Jim Hochstein – Sea-Bird Electronics; Bob Carlson – Honeywell; Ken Johnson – MBARI, SOCCOM; Lisa Graumlich – Dean, College of the Environment, UW; Ginger Armbrust – Director, School of Oceanography; UW, Jyotika Virmani – XPRIZE; Tom Mitchell – Sea-Bird Electronics


To read more about the prize and its impacts, read the stories linked below.

Posted: Tue, 07/21/2015 - 13:57

by Shannon Osaka and Greta Shum

Live Stream of Event Available here.


Before a crowd of innovators and engineers, oceanographers and philanthropists, members of Team Sunburst Sensors walked across the stage at the Harold Pratt house in New York City Monday night to receive the first grand prize: a $750,000 check, awarded for the most affordable pH sensor capable of measuring the effects of ocean acidification. Just moments later, the same team climbed the stage again to accept the second grand prize, this one for the most accurate sensor. The ceremony was the crowning event of the second Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, a competition challenging international teams of scientists and engineers to create groundbreaking pH sensor technology capable of transforming our ability to monitor ocean acidification caused by global warming.

Posted: Tue, 06/30/2015 - 12:20

AGU Fall Meeting 2015

There will be two SOCCOM-relevant sessions at the AGU Fall Meeting in December - “Observing open ocean biogeochemistry with profiling floats” (conveners Johnson, Hofmann, Claustre and Koertzinger) and "Trajectories of change in the Southern Ocean” (conveners Lancelot, Hofmann, Jaccard and Russell).

Full session abstracts are pasted below. The AGU site is now open for abstract submission, and the deadline for abstracts is August 5.

Observing Open Ocean Biogeochemistry with Profiling Floats

Submit an Abstract to this Session

Posted: Mon, 06/15/2015 - 16:03

We’ve had a busy week here at MBARI. The focus has been test deployments of two profiling floats offshore of Monterey Bay with a film crew from Climate Central (Ted Blanco and Greta Shum) recording the whole process, including drone flights during the float recovery.

Fig. 1 Greta Shum ready to go deploy floats on the R/V Paragon.


Posted: Mon, 03/16/2015 - 10:13

Join us on March 18, 2015, 2:00 p.m. (EDT)

The Decoder: Unlocking The Mysteries Of The Southern Ocean

Hear from leading southern ocean scientists as they discuss their experience with an innovative new technology that’s making it possible to better understand how the vast, remote southern ocean is shaping the climate, and how global warming is affecting this critically important ocean.

Posted: Wed, 03/11/2015 - 14:24

Watch Ken Johnson's webinar on the QC process for float data.

Posted: Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:54

SOCCOM member Adele Morrison and Director Jorge Sarmiento are co-authors on a new Physics Today article, "Upwelling in the Southern Ocean." The article outlines the mechanisms and impacts of upwelling and the role of the SOCCOM project in investigating it - you can read it here.

Posted: Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:50

Read all about SOCCOM's most recent cruise! 12 SOCCOM biogeochemical floats were deployed from the Alfred Wegener Institute's Polarstern research vessel on its cruise from Cape Town, South Africa, to Punta Arenas, Chile. Read our researchers' blog posts to learn to find out what the floats are telling us and what it's like to work on a research vessel in this remote ocean!

Adele Penguins

Posted: Wed, 12/03/2014 - 09:15

This December, Hannah Zanowski, a graduate student at Princeton University, will travel to Cape Town, South Africa, bundle up in something warm, and board a German research icebreaker called the Polarstern. Over the next eight weeks, the ship will make its way from the southern tip of Africa to the bottom of South America via the Weddell Sea off the coast of Antarctica, stopping every so often along the way, so Zanowski and the scientists she’ll be working with can plop one of 12 yellow, oblong, instrument-laden, robotic floats into the sea.

Robotic Floats

Read more >> http://www.climatecentral.org/news/robotic-floats-southern-ocean-18383

Posted: Tue, 11/11/2014 - 22:07

SOCCOM is now in our second official season of float deployments!  

For access to all float data, click here.

You can also find reports and calibration data from all of our cruises on our Cruise Information page, check the status of our biogeochemical floats, and track them on this interactive map with float tracks and simple data profiles (courtesy of the Oceanographic Autonomous Observations program).