SOCCOM News

Posted: Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:34

New study reveals 3-D paths of Southern Ocean upwelling

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 are deploying 6 biogeochemical profiling floats from US GO-SHIP cruise P6 on the R/V N.B. Palmer that left Sydney, Australia on July 3. The cruise is crossing 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 and Rebecca via the P06 cruise blog.


 

 

 


Posted: Mon, 07/03/2017 - 08:43

MBARIMBARI seeks a Research Specialist for a program focused on developing ocean biogeochemical sensors. The candidate should have significant experience in developing chemical sensors or ocean instrumentation. A strong background in science, especially oceanography and chemistry is desired. The candidate will be working as part of a team focused on ocean biogeochemistry with other scientists and engineers. A basic knowledge of electrical and mechanical engineering and software skills is necessary. The position will include elements of sensor design, construction, and testing in the laboratory and the field. 


Posted: Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:22

The 2017 SOCCOM Annual Meeting was held at Princeton University May 9-11 in Aaron Burr Hall. For detailed information for invited participants, click here.

  • Location Map
  • Campus Map -  for location of Princeton Station (location of "Dinky") relative to Palmer Square (Nassau Inn).

Getting to Princeton
Information on getting to campus from the region’s various airports is available here (Newark (EWR) is the closest airport and accessible by train).  We recommend taking the train from EWR to Princeton Junction then the "Dinky" to Princeton Station, then either walking or taking a taxi to the Nassau Inn.  Ground transportation is also available via Uber or A-1 Limo (see link above).


Posted: Mon, 03/13/2017 - 16:58

Steve GriffiesDynOPO Cruise 2017 is the blog of Steve Griffies, a SOCCOM collaborator at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. A theorist and computer modeler, Steve is taking part in his first research cruise to experience the Southern Ocean firsthand.


Posted: Fri, 01/27/2017 - 10:20

SOCCOM researchers are actively involved in efforts to develop a global biogeochemical observing system of ~1000 Argo floats equipped with SOCCOM-type biogeochemical sensors.

BGC-implementation-plan

 

​Biogeochemical Argo Science & Implementation Plan 


BGC-Argo-website

 

Biogeochemical Argo website


Posted: Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:41

A University of Washington oceanographer is chief scientist on a voyage in the waters around Antarctica as part of a major effort to monitor the Southern Ocean.

Stephen Riser, a UW professor of oceanography, embarked Dec. 24 as part of the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling, or SOCCOM, project to collect better data about the planet’s most remote ocean.

UW Oceanographer Dropping Robotic Floats On Voyage To Antarctica


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