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Posted: Wed, 11/15/2017 - 13:04

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Posted: Mon, 10/09/2017 - 15:08


Sea ice and clouds blanket the Weddell Sea around Antarctica in this satellite image from September 25, 2017. A SOCCOM float surfaced within the 60,000 km2 polynya (center) at the location marked in yellow. Image from MODIS-Aqua via NASA Worldview; sea ice contours from AMSR2 ASI via University of Bremen.

Contact: Ethan Campbell, University of Washington

A massive hole in the sea ice cover around Antarctica has been open for the past month1. Known as a polynya, this mysterious opening is the largest observed in the Weddell Sea since the 1970s. In recent studies, SOCCOM-affiliated researchers have used climate models to explore why these polynyas form and how they affect ocean and atmospheric circulation patterns2–5. However, the difficulty of mounting Antarctic expeditions in winter means that few actual measurements have been made of these rare events.


Posted: Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:50

GreatAntarcticClimateHack

The #GreatAntarcticClimateHack led by Joellen Russell is being held October 9-12, 2017, at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Forum, La Jolla, CA – see agenda for details.

#GreatAntarcticClimateHack is a workshop to train non-modeling experts to use observational datasets to interrogate CMIP model results, thereby creating new model metrics and validation tools. The aim of the workshop is to facilitate preparation for the next IPCC report for a much broader science community, increase non-traditional climate modeling publications, and learn to apply/utilize data sets that help develop model validation skills. This first workshop will accommodate 50 participants on site, and 50 participants joining remotely online. 


Posted: Tue, 09/26/2017 - 08:47

Lynne Talley, SOCCOM Observations Lead and Distinguished Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UCSD, is the Prince Albert I Medal recipient 2017 for her outstanding contribution to our knowledge of the global ocean's water masses, circulation, dynamics and role in climate.   Read more about the history of the medal and Professor Talley's accomplishments on the IAPSO website.


Posted: Sun, 09/24/2017 - 17:27

Join Melissa Miller, a marine technician from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, as she sails on an South African icebreaker deploying SOCCOM floats in the South Atlantic.

Marine technician Melissa Miller on Tristan Island


Posted: Fri, 08/18/2017 - 14:25

Veronica Tamsitt, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Despite covering only 30% of the global ocean area, the Southern Ocean absorbs nearly half of the total carbon dioxide and 75% of the total heat absorbed by the oceans from the atmosphere. By absorbing excess heat and carbon dioxide, the Southern Ocean is damping the effect of global warming. The stability of the future climate depends on the Southern Ocean’s capacity to continue to suck heat out of the atmosphere.


Posted: Thu, 07/27/2017 - 22:12

Hannah Hickey

UW News

The water circling Antarctica has some of the roughest, most dangerous conditions on the planet. This water also is crucially important to Earth’s climate: It stores a massive amount of carbon dioxide, supports vast communities of marine life and connects to all the major ocean basins.

UW oceanography professor Stephen Riser (right) and oceanography students with a disassembled model of one of the bigger, more complex SOCCOM floats. All the floats are painted school-bus yellow, and for the same reason: it makes them easy to spot.Dennis Wise/University of Washington

To learn how these waters work, University of Washington oceanographers are sending robots to monitor conditions too dangerous or expensive for research ships to visit regularly.

“The Southern Ocean is taking up a sizable fraction of all the atmospheric CO2 that goes into the ocean. But we know very little about the Southern Ocean, especially under the ice,” said Stephen Riser, a UW professor of oceanography.


Posted: Wed, 07/19/2017 - 09:00

Below is a list of sessions at the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting that have been organized by SOCCOM members - please consider submitting abstracts and attending the meeting in Portland in February!

2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting


BN005: Biogeochemical Argo Science and Regional Profiling Float Studies including SOCCOM, NAOS, remOcean, INBOX and IOBioArgo

Primary Chair:  Kenneth S Johnson, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Watsonville, CA, United States
Co-chairs:  Herve Claustre, Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France and Emmanuel Boss, University of Maine, Orono, ME, United States


Posted: Tue, 07/18/2017 - 15:44

AGU

Below is a list of sessions at the AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans that may be of interest to SOCCOM members. Asterisks indicate sessions with SOCCOM participants as co-chairs/conveners. 

The final abstract deadline is 2 August, 11:59 P.M. ET. Please forward any additional suggestions to Roberta Hotinski (hotinski@princeton.edu).

*GC059. Planning the Climate Observing System of the Future
Elizabeth C Weatherhead, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States, Bruce A Wielicki, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, United States and V "Ram" Ramaswamy, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton, NJ, United States


Posted: Mon, 07/03/2017 - 14:48

SOCCOM scientists will be deploying 6 biogeochemical profiling floats from US GO-SHIP cruise P6 on the R/V N.B. Palmer leaving Sydney, Australia on July 3. The cruise will cross the Pacific at about 32 deg S. This is the fourth 5-10 year repeat of this section (1993, 2003, 2009, and now)  - in addition to deploying the SOCCOM floats, plans are to occupy >270 stations from top-to-bottom with all GO-SHIP parameters and deploy 38 profiling floats for Argo, including 2 Deep Solo floats.

SOCCOM scientist Isa Rosso is co-chief scientist for Leg 1 of the cruise from Sydney to Papeete, Tahiti.  Also on P06 is SOCCOM graduate student Rebecca Beadling from the University of Arizona, a modeler at sea for the first time. You can follow Isa via the P06 cruise blog and Rebecca on her blog "From the Desert to the Sea."


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