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U. Arizona: Global Ocean Data Illuminate Earth's Future Climate

Float Deployment

As global climate change accelerates with increasingly substantial impacts on communities worldwide, the need to understand and make reliable projections of future climate becomes ever more imperative.

The National Science Foundation-funded Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling, or SOCCOM, project is meeting this need by deploying 200 robotic floats in the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica to capture real-time biological, geological and chemical (often called "biogeochemical") data.

With the help of CyVerse, the NSF-funded and University of Arizona-led national data management project, SOCCOM hopes soon to expand the network of floats to monitor carbon cycling throughout the world's swiftly changing oceans.

"We have an international agreement to reduce carbon and other greenhouse gases. Now is the time to act," says Joellen Russell, an oceanographer and climate modeler in the UA's Department of Geosciences, who heads up SOCCOM’s modeling efforts. "But we need to count the carbon in order to manage the carbon."

SOCCOM is a coalition led by Princeton University and includes the UA,Scripps Institute of OceanographyUniversity of WashingtonMonterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), Climate CentralNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NSF and NASA.

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