Posted: Wed, 10/10/2018 - 14:36

Bob Key, a Princeton oceanographer and SOCCOM's shipboard data manager, is on an outreach tour for our adopt-a-float program.  First stop: Wolfforth, Texas

FHS Ninth Grade Center students in Ms. Cleveland’s science class gained a wealth of knowledge from Dr. Robert M. Key, Research Oceanographer at Princeton University today. Key’s granddaughter, Caroline, is a student at the FHS NGC and was in the class as he presented on topics of global warming and choosing oceanography and other sciences as a career.

“I want to introduce students to the idea of oceanography who may not have ever thought of it,” said Key. “We hope to provide an opportunity for teachers and students to experience the excitement of cutting edge science at the same time as those who are researching it.” (read more)

Posted: Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:45

by Natalie Colarossi
Though women make up 45.8 percent of the U.S. workforce, there are still significant gender gaps within the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

But that doesn’t mean women aren’t making some of the most incredible scientific discoveries to date.

In fact, the number of women entering STEM careers is growing worldwide, and the women who are already engaged in such work contribute groundbreaking developments to the scientific community each day.

To show you just how important women are in STEM fields, in this article, we highlight 10 women around the world who are killin’ it in their careers.

Posted: Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:48

by Leslie Smith on August 15, 2018

When opportunity knocks, Veronica Tamsitt seems to always answer the door. So, when the University of Washington (UW) offered her a rowing scholarship, she traveled 8,000 miles from her home in Bungendore, Australia to join the Huskies. “I hadn’t decided what exactly I wanted to study at the time,” says Tamsitt, “something with science or engineering, something where I could use my hands.”

After getting settled at UW, Tamsitt began to solidify her interests and met with an academic advisor in the Oceanography department. Once again Tamsitt heard the ‘tap tap’ of opportunity – “Oceanography for me happened a little by chance,” says Tamsitt, “the seniors had just been on a research trip to the Galapagos Islands, so I said, ‘sign me up!’ ”

Posted: Tue, 08/14/2018 - 14:24

The Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica is regarded by scientists as a large and crucial absorber of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. New findings from autonomous floats deployed in the Southern Ocean, however, provide the first comprehensive data to suggest that, in winter, the open water nearest the sea ice surrounding Antarctica releases significantly more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than previously thought.

The study was published Aug. 14 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters by researchers from the Princeton University-based Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM) project, which is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and administered by the Princeton Environmental Institute. SOCCOM includes 23 senior researchers at 13 institutions.

Posted: Tue, 04/10/2018 - 16:45

Watch our SOCCOM scientists on “Decoding the Weather Machine,” which aired on Wednesday, April 18.  Stephen Riser and Alison Gray from the University of Washington, and Heidi Cullen from MBARI are featured in the program.

Posted: Tue, 04/03/2018 - 14:11

Princeton graduate student Shawn Cheeks and SOCCOM Shipboard Data Manager Bob Key visited Fall River Elementary School in West Virginia last week to give a presentation on the school's adopted SOCCOM float, the Floating Falcon. (Shawn is an alumnus of the school.) The school's administrator invited the local news to record a bit of the outreach program ...  Aired Tues March 27 on WVVA TV from Beckley, WV.

Posted: Fri, 03/16/2018 - 08:53

Our Annual Meeting for SOCCOM participants and invited guests will be held June 11-13 at Princeton University – log in for details.  (If you're already logged in, click here).

Posted: Tue, 03/13/2018 - 09:58

Co-chief scientist Ellen Briggs and UW student Chanelle Cadot will spend 67 days at sea! GO-SHIP cruise S4P departed from Hobart Tasmania on March 9th and will follow 67°S along the Ross sea ice shelf. At approximately 158 stations the crew will sample the water column for physical, chemical, and biological tracers. In the final week they will cross the Drake Passage and take port in Punta Arenas Chile on May 14, 2018. Follow their journey!

Posted: Mon, 03/05/2018 - 14:13

SOCCOM members Steve Riser, Ken Johnson, and Lynne Talley have organized an OCB-sponsored Biogeochemical Profiling Floats Workshop to be held at the University of Washington July 9-13.  This workshop will bring together potential users to discuss biogeochemical profiling float technology, sensors, and data management, in order to begin the process of the intelligent design of future scientific experiments. Registration is first come, first served - click the link above to visit the workshop website and register.



Posted: Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:23



Looking for multi-media resources for your classroom? Climate Central has worked with SOCCOM researchers to produce 6 educational videos on Southern Ocean phenomena called "Southern Ocean Deep Dives." The videos feature helpful animations as well interviews with SOCCOM researchers - feel free to download them and use them in your teaching today!
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