Posted: Thu, 01/14/2016 - 17:00

Ocean Sciences 2016


Town Hall:

Title: Southern Ocean Town Hall: SOCCOM and Other Progress
Date and Time: Wednesday, February 24, 2016: 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Location: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 225-227




PC11B: Physical and Biogeochemical Processes in the Southern Ocean: Observations, State Estimation, and Modeling I
08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - 211-213

Posted: Thu, 12/17/2015 - 14:40

GoToWebinarDetails for the SOCCOM 2017-2018 Webinar Series will be forthcoming.



Posted: Tue, 12/08/2015 - 10:33

Veronica TamsmittVeronica Tamsitt is a SOCCOM graduate student at the University of California, San Diego – Scripps Institution of Oceanography who will be spending the next month onboard a US Antarctic Program icebreaker in the Southern Ocean. Veronica will be deploying and calibrating our biogeochemical floats off the coast of Chile in partnership with a research cruise run by the Ocean Observatories Initiative – read her updates on science at sea, wild weather (hopefully not too wild!) and SOCCOM research on her blog:


Posted: Mon, 11/23/2015 - 16:31

You can view the recording of our December 3rd Google Hangout on YouTube:

Google Hangout: Climate Change and the Southern Ocean

Google Hangout
► YouTube Page: https://youtu.be/IAMMDBeeix4

This year wraps up with big climate and weather news – on international efforts in Paris to reach a global agreement on limiting emissions, about the strong El Nino in play in the Pacific Ocean, and with the acknowledgment that this year will be the hottest ever recorded.
Join us for a Google Hangout that explores the critical role the Southern Ocean plays as it relates to current events, and hear from some of the world’s leading climate scientists and educators as they reveal what new research gleaned from robotic floats tells us about the huge and important body of water that encircles Antarctica.

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.