Posted: Mon, 07/06/2020 - 14:56

SOCCOM Modeling Lead Joellen Russell from the University of Arizona is featured in this article from  Chemical & Engineering News.


COVID-19 has disrupted fieldwork. Here’s how environmental chemists are coping

The pandemic has delayed environmental monitoring, but some scientists are finding ways to pivot

Katherine Bourzac

JUNE 28, 2020

Spring and summer are when many environmental scientists normally head into the field to collect data. That’s when it’s safe to summit a glacier high in the mountains to retrieve ice cores. It’s when nutrient runoff and weather patterns combine to trigger the toxic algal blooms that researchers track. And it’s when the rice that scientists monitor for arsenic ripens.

Posted: Mon, 06/15/2020 - 16:31


As SOCCOM completes its sixth year and embarks on its renewal funding, we are eager to collect our cutting-edge research in a special publication. The AGU has a new approach—the ’Special Collection’—which allows scientists to choose the most suitable AGU journal for the research. Our special collection, "Southern Ocean and Climate: Biogeochemical and Physical Fluxes and Processes," includes

AGU Advances 
Geophysical Research Letters
JGR Oceans 
Global Biogeochemical Cycles
Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES)


Posted: Wed, 06/10/2020 - 10:50

SOCCOM’s 2020 Annual Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17 through Friday, June 19, preceded by a B-SOSE workshop on June 16. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the meeting will be virtual event. Please log in for more information on how to join the meeting, or contact SOCCOM Project Manager Roberta Hotinski at hotinski@princeton.edu.

June 16: B-SOSE Workshop. 12:00 – 5:30 pm ET (9:00 – 2:30 pm PT)
Please register for this workshop so we can have a record of attedance.


June 17-19: SOCCOM Annual Meeting . 12:00 – 5:30 pm ET (9:00 – 2:30 pm PT)

Posted: Fri, 03/20/2020 - 14:56

Bob Key, SOCCOM's data manager, is also an active Adopt-a-Float ambassador.  Read about his work with Oakham Primary School in Sandwell, England here.

Posted: Tue, 02/11/2020 - 15:51

Add some color to your next presentation!  Illustrations by Karen Romano Young illustrating the parts of a SOCCOM float and the adopt-a-float process are now available online thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation.


Thumbnail image of SOCCOM float illustration



Posted: Thu, 01/30/2020 - 14:24
SOCCOM researchers will sharing their research through over 25 presentations at the AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego - join us!

Posted: Mon, 01/27/2020 - 16:03

SOCCOM’s 2020 Annual Meeting will be held virtually from Wednesday, June 17 through Friday, June 19.  Please log in for more information, or contact SOCCOM Project Manager Roberta Hotinski at hotinski@princeton.edu.


Posted: Mon, 12/02/2019 - 15:34

Follow the RoSES CUSTARD cruise as the UK team deploys SOCCOM floats near Chile. National Oceanography Centre (NOC) scientists, engineers and crew will embark on a research expedition that will see them spend Christmas and New Year sailing through remote waters in the Southern Ocean on board RRS Discovery.

This is part of an exciting project, led by the NOC, to understand the role of this notoriously rough part of the ocean in taking up and storing carbon from the atmosphere. The team will largely be focusing on studying the seasonal growth of tiny marine plants, called phytoplankton. [read more]



Posted: Mon, 12/02/2019 - 15:30

Headed to the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco?  Don't miss these talks by SOCCOM Scientists!


Posted: Mon, 11/25/2019 - 10:50

An Eos article details work by SOCCOM researchers to reconcile ship- and float-based estimates of the Southern Ocean carbon sink:

Ship-Based Measurements Overestimate Southern Ocean Carbon Sink

New research suggests that combining ship- and float-based observations provides a more accurate measure of how much carbon the Southern Ocean absorbs.

SOURCE: Global Biogeochemical Cycles

Accounting for carbon sinks and sources around the world is critical for scientists and policy makers looking to quantify Earth’s carbon budget and stave off the most catastrophic effects of climate change. The Southern Ocean absorbs roughly 40% of the 2.6 petagrams of anthropogenic carbon that dissolves into the global ocean each year, according to current estimates, making it one of the planet’s most vital sinks. But it’s also undersampled.