Posted: Mon, 03/04/2019 - 11:05

Students at Seaside Middle School have adopted a SOCCOM float - read more about their experience from the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

Priyanka Runwal    |     Santa Cruz Sentinel      March 1, 2019

Pepperoni pizza may be among America’s favorite foods. But for sixth-graders at Seaside Middle School, “Pepperoni and Pizza” is their most prized possession.

It’s yellow, bobs in the ocean and will be their gateway to Antarctica’s remote waters over the next five years. This cylinder-shaped robotic float will gather data on the chemistry and biology of the Southern Ocean and transport it to their classroom in real time. (read more)



Posted: Mon, 02/11/2019 - 08:38

SOCCOM was featured in a January editorial of the journal ACS Sensors - check out "Having a Whale of a Time with Sensors."



Posted: Tue, 01/29/2019 - 14:19

Join SOCCOM modeling team lead Dr. Joellen Russell for her lecture on "Climate and the Deep Blue Sea," part of the University of Arizona's College of Science Lecture Series "Searching for Certainty."   The lecture will be streamed live on Tuesday, January 29th starting at 7 pm MT / 9 pm ET.  


Posted: Wed, 01/09/2019 - 09:27


It's summer in Antarctica and SOCCOM float deployments are in full swing!  Paul Chamberlain (left) is deploying floats from the R/V Polarstern (Germany), and Ellen Briggs just finished her work on the JAMSTEC S4I "BROKE" cruise (Japan). Check out our SOCCOM-At-Sea blog to track our researchers and get all the latest news.

Posted: Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:17

SOCCOM researchers Seth Bushinsky and Joellen Russell are quoted in this Nature article about Southern Ocean carbon fluxes:

Data from robotic ocean floats reveal that waters off Antarctica don’t absorb as much carbon as scientists thought

Jeff Tollefson, December 14, 2018

The Southern Ocean is one of humanity’s allies, slowing global warming by absorbing heat and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But now researchers report that the choppy waters around Antarctica are also quietly belching out massive quantities of CO2 during the dark and windy winter, reducing the ocean’s climate benefit.

The scientists behind the work, presented this week at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Washington DC, say that the winter emissions reduce the Southern Ocean’s net uptake of CO2 by 34%, or more than 1.4 billion tonnes per year. That amount is roughly equal to Japan's annual carbon emissions.

Posted: Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:45

When sixth graders at Seaside Middle School heard that they were going to help with a scientific study of the ocean around Antarctica, they were excited. For several weeks they had been learning about human impacts on the Earth. Now they were actually going to be part of an important scientific investigation of these impacts. In fact, they were going to have their very own ocean-monitoring float! [read more...]

Posted: Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:09

SOCCOM researchers deploying a float


The U.S. Antarctic Program's "Antarctic Sun" reports on how SOCCOM is changing the way scientists look at Antarctica’s Southern Ocean:

A new network of automated instruments throughout the Southern Ocean, which surrounds Antarctica, is dramatically changing how scientists view the planet’s least understood ocean.

With four years of data in hand, researchers recently found that the Southern Ocean absorbs far less overall carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than previously thought. The discovery is a major departure from long-standing models that predicted that the region was a major carbon "sink," and is causing scientists who study the global carbon cycle to revisit their understanding its mechanics around the Antarctic. [read more...]

Posted: Tue, 11/20/2018 - 11:29

Check out our list of 19 SOCCOM presentations at the AGU Fall Meeting in Washington, DC!   Lots of talks and posters on Wednesday, December 12th - be sure to visit the 3 SOCCOM-organized sessions on "New Frontiers in the Southern Ocean’s Role in Climate" as well as our other presentations.



Posted: Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:25

(Photo: Kelly Brunt, courtesy National Science Foundation)                        

SOCCOM researchers Ben Bronselaer, Michael Winton, Stephen Griffies and Joellen Russell are authors on a just-released paper in the journal Nature that investigates the impact of melting Antarctic ice. The study is the first to project how the melting of the Antarctic ice sheet will affect future climate, said first author Ben Bronselaer, adding that current climate models do not include the effects of melting ice on the global climate. As the Antarctic ice sheet melts, warming of the atmosphere will be delayed by about a decade but sea level rise will accelerate, [read more]

Posted: Wed, 10/24/2018 - 12:29


Please register now and join us for a SOCCOM Webinar!  

Friday, November 2 at 9 am PT / 12 pm ET 
Alison Gray, University of Washington 

"Southern Ocean air-sea fluxes of carbon dioxide: New results from the SOCCOM array of autonomous biogeochemical floats"

Alison will be discussing results from her recent GRL paper as well as new work.


Registrants will receive a link for joining the webinar and reminders 2 days and 2 hours before the webinar.  You can join via PC/Mac, tablet or phone - attendees will be muted but you can virtually “raise your hand” to ask a question or enter it via chat.