SOLAS update

  • Download and read issue 4 of the SOLAS event report. Issue 4 reports on the community workshop of CATCH (Cryosphere and Atmospheric Chemistry) that took place in Guyancourt, France in April 2017.
    For recent info on CATCH, read the CATCH Newsletter June 2017 here and subscribe to the CATCH mailing list here.
  • National reports on activities of 2016 and future plans are available on the SOLAS website. Since early June, the UK SOLAS report has been posted.

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  • The SOLAS Scientific Steering Committee Chairperson, Dr Véronique Garçon, was awarded the UNESCO-IOC Anton Bruun Medal for her work in ocean science. Her Memorial Lecture tackled the threat of declining oxygen in the open and coastal ocean. Congratulations !
  • On 19-21 June 2017, the SOLAS Scientific Steering Committee members met for their annual meeting in Bologna, Italy. This year, the main topic of discussion was the 2nd version of the live web-based Implementation Strategy.
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  • Following the international conference 'Shipping and the environment- From Regional to Global Perspectives', 24-25 October 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden, a one-day workshop is organised on 26 October, with the aim to develop plans for SOLAS research focusing on shipping, and to bring together groups of researchers keen to contribute to this research. Register your interest by sending this form filled up to David Turner by email.

  • Hardcopies of the SOLAS 2015-2025 Science Plan and Organisation are available at the SOLAS International Project Office, if you wish to receive one, please email us.

Upcoming deadlines


  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Summer School, Jülich, Germany, 25-29 September 2017.
    Register by 15 July at http://bit.ly/2qEgQGL


  • POGO-SCOR International Training Workshop on Nutrient Analysis, for Participants from Developing Countries, NIOZ, Texel, the Netherlands, 5-9 November 2017.
    Apply by 1 August at http://bit.ly/2u9kk9J


  • Sustainable Ocean Summit, Halifax, Canada, 29 November - 1 December 2017.
    Submit an abstract by 1 September at http://bit.ly/2sGS1Lj

News about Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT)

The SOCAT scientific community proudly announces the release of Version 5 of the Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas!

The Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT) is a synthesis activity by the international marine carbon research community (>100 contributors). SOCAT version 5 has 21.5 million quality-controlled, surface ocean fCO2 fugacity of carbon dioxide) observations from 1957 to January 2017 for the global oceans and coastal seas. Calibrated sensor data are also available.

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The SOCAT website provides access to synthesis and gridded data products for version 5. Users can explore the data products via two powerful, interactive online viewers, the Data Set Viewer and the Gridded Data Viewer. Alternatively users can download of the synthesis and gridded products with Matlab code available for reading these files. The downloadable poster handout has further details on version 5. The dowloadable article documents the data products and quality control criteria in SOCAT version 3, which also apply to versions 4 and 5.

Users are kindly asked to follow the SOCAT Fair Data Use Statement by generously acknowledging the contribution of SOCAT scientists by invitation to co-authorship, especially for data providers in regional studies. User feedback is essential for shaping future SOCAT products. The SOCAT session at the 10th International Carbon Dioxide Conference (ICDC10) on 23 August 2017 will enable discussion of SOCAT strategy. The session is part of the side event organised by the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP).

SOCAT scientific community has made a Voluntary Commitment of Annual, public releases of the Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT) to the UN Ocean Conference (#OceanAction20464). Automation allows annual, public releases of SOCAT. The SOCAT data is discoverable, accessible and citable. SOCAT enables quantification of the ocean carbon sink and ocean acidification and evaluation of ocean biogeochemical models. SOCAT, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017, represents a milestone in biogeochemical and climate research and in informing policy.

Finally note that Data submission for version 6 ends 15 January 2018. Quality control for version 6 ends 31 March 2018.

International workshop on marine & atmospheric sciences in West Africa, Mindelo, Cabo Verde

An international workshop on marine & atmospheric sciences in West Africa will take place in Mindelo, Cabo Verde, on 12-17 November 2017. The workshop will include:
* the Inauguration of the Ocean Science Centre Mindelo (photo on the right) by the National Institute for Fisheries Development (INDP) in Mindelo and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel,
* the 4th edition of the international conference of AWA organised by IRD of France (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement) and SRFC (Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission) in West Africa
* and a PREFACE side event.

If you are interested to attend the workshop, send an e-mail.

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  • Future Earth has a new Executive Director. Amy Luers will start her new position in September. Read more here
  • Flick though some newsletters:
    • Joint PAGES/CLIVAR newsletter on 'Decadal Climate Variability' here
    • APN Updates, July 2017 here
    • IGAC ebulletin - July 2017 here
    • CLIVAR July 2017 Bulletin here
    • GEOTRACES eNewsletter No25 June 2017 here
    • 6 July 2017 OCB eNewsletter here
    • EuroMarine E-news Summary-Digest 60-6 July 2017 here
    • WCRP NEWS: July 2017 here
  • Download here and read the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) Report No. 223. It is the final report from the Implementation of Multi-disciplinary Sustained Ocean Observations (IMSOO) Workshop.
  • Note the field campaign opportunity with the aircraft research mission EMeRGe ('Effect of Megacities on the Transport and Transformation of Pollutants on the Regional to Global Scales'). The mission has two campaigns scheduled, one in Europe in July 2017 and one in Asia in March 2018. All scientists with outstanding ideas and the ability to find their funding are welcome to apply to join EMeRGe International.

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