SOLAS update

New members to SOLAS Scientific Steering Committee

  • We are delighted to welcome two new members to the SOLAS SSC. Anoop Mahajan from India and Jurgita Ovadnevaite from Ireland have started their first term as a member in January.

  • The SSC members Phil Boyd from Australia, Peter Minnett from the United States, and Parvadha Suntharalingam from the United Kingdom have been re-appointed for their 2nd term. We warmly thank all of them for their work and time towards SOLAS.

SOLAS Event Report issue 12 released

Download and read issue 12 of the SOLAS event report.

Issue 12 reports on the consecutive workshops of SOLAS Core Themes 4 and 5 that took place from 27 to 29 November 2018 at the National Research Council in Roma, Italy.
  • Workshop I: Influence of coastal pollution on marine atmospheric chemistry: effects on climate and human health.
  • Workshop II: Interconnections between aerosols, clouds, and marine ecosystems in contrasting environments.

Congratulations to Phil Boyd for being awarded the 2019 John H. Martin Award

The 2019 ASLO Award Recipients have been annouced. SOLAS SSC member, Philip W. Boyd (University of Tasmania, Hobart), and co-authors were awarded the 2019 John H. Martin Award, for their paper on "A mesoscale phytoplankton bloom in the polar Southern Ocean stimulated by iron fertilization".

Boyd, W. P., et al. (2000), A mesoscale phytoplankton bloom in the polar Southern Ocean stimulated by iron fertilization, Nature, volume 407, pages 695702. https://doi.org/10.1038/35037500

Big congratulations, Phil!!

10 New Insights in Climate Science released

The 10 New Insights in Climate Science is a brief that highlights some of the 2 latest years’ key advancements in the understanding of the research - across disciplines - related to climate change. It was presented at COP24 in a press conference with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland.

The brief was done by Future Earth in partnership with the Earth League. Read and download the report here.
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Upcoming deadlines


  • EGU 2019 General Assembly, 7-12 April 2019, Vienna, Austria. Abstract submission by 10 January 2019. More information here.
  • 4th Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) International Workshop, 14-17 April 2019, Hangzhou, China. Abstract submission by 10 January 2019. Travel grant award applications by 31 January 2019. More information here.
  • 18th Swiss Climate Summer School, 8-13 September 2019, Ascona, Switzerland. Submit an application by 11 January 2019  here.
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) call for experts and governments to review the Second Order Draft of the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). Submit your review by 11 January 2019. More information here.
  • 2nd IMBeR Open Science Conference, 17-21 June 2019, Brest, France. Abstract submission extended to 15 January 2019. More information here.
  • Data submission for the 7th version of SOCAT by 15 January 2019 here
  • Future Earth call for fellows nominations for development of scenarios on nature and its contributions to people (here) and fellows nominations for assessment of invasive alien species (here). Submit nominations by 15 January 2019.
  • Twenty-three Erasmus Mundus Programme fully funded students are looking for up to 12 months of internships related to research around water, marine, and coastal management. Proposed projects from Global Research Projects should be submitted by 20 January 2019 via email. Submission form here.
  • Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate School 2019, 15 September-26 October 2019, RV Polarstern, Port of exit and entry: Tromsø, Norway. Apply by 22 January 2019. More information here.
  • Twilight Zone Workshop, 22-26 July 2019, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK. Appyl with your CV and letter of interest by 31 January 2019 here.
  • International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO) call for nominations for the 2019 Early Career Scientist Medal. The deadline for nominations is extended to 31 January 2019. More information here.


  • PAGES' deadlines:
    • IOCCP and BONUS INTEGRAL call for applicants for the international training course "Instrumenting our ocean for better observation: a training course on a suite of biogeochemical sensors", 10-19 June 2019, Kristineberg, Sweden. Apply by 1 February 2019  here
    • Propose a new PAGES' working group to address a paleoscience question in an internationally coordinated way by 14 February 2019. More information here.
    • Apply to serve on PAGES SSC from January 2020 by 14 February 2019. More information here.
    • Apply for PAGES' workshop/meeting support by 14 February 2019. More information here.
    • Express interest in hosting PAGES’ Open Science Meeting (OSM) and Young Scientists Meeting (YSM) 2021 by 28 February 2019. More information here.
  • The 27th IUGG General Assembly, 8-18 July 2019, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
    Abstract submission by 18 February 2019 here. Please pay attention to the below three iCACGP sponsored sessions:
    • M08 - Air Quality in the Changing Anthropocene
      Convener: John P. Burrows (Germany)
      Co-conveners: James Drummond (Canada), Melita Keywood (Australia)
    • M09 - The Arctic in the 21st Century: A Hotbed of Global Change
      Conveners: James Drummond (Canada), Paul Kushner (Canada)
    • JM02 - Anthropogenic changes in Chemistry and Physics of the Atmosphere: Evidence and Attribution Studies (IAMAS, IAVCEI, IAG)
      Convener: John P. Burrows (Germany, IAMAS)
      Co-Conveners: Maria Kanakidou (Greece, IAMAS), Franco Tassi (Italy, IAVCEI), Isabelle Panet (France, IAG)


  • Upcoming events

    • The OCB Summer Workshop 2019, 24-27 June 2019, Woods Hole, MA, USA. More details here.
    • The Fourth ACAM Workshop, 26-28 June 2019, and the Third Training School, 24-25 June 2019, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. More information here.
    • Gordon Research Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry: New Science in Air Quality and Climate from Charney to AR6, 28 July-2 August 2019, Newry, ME, USA. More information here.
    • International Glaciology Society (IGS) Sea Ice Symposium, 19-23 August 2019, Winnipeg, Canada. More information here.
    • The American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAS) 37th Annual Conference, 14-18 October 2019, Portland, OR, USA. Save the date.
  • Published literature

    • The WCRP and Future Earth sponsored Global Carbon Project has published its Carbon Budget 2018. Read the report here.
    • The latest issue of CLIVAR Exchanges, a Special Issue titled “The Contribution of China to Ocean Research ", is available here.
  • Funding opportunities

    • Belmont Forum, Future Earth and JPI Oceans call for proposals on “Transdisciplinary Research for Ocean Sustainability”. Deadline for pre-registrations (pre-proposals) is on 31 January 2019. More information here.
    • The Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans) launched a call for research proposals on microplastics in the marine environment. The deadline for proposals submission is 28 February 2019. More details here.
    • MarTERA ERA-NET Co-fund, a partnership between JPI Oceans and former ERA-NET MARTEC funded under EU-H2020, opens the 2019 call for transnational research and innovation projects on marine and maritime technologies. More information here.
  • Miscellaneous

    • Former IGAC co-chair Paul Monks is soliciting the communities input on 50 influential papers for atmospheric chemistry. Deadline for nominations is 10 January 2019. More information here.
  • Flick though some newsletters

    • CATCH Newsletter January 2019 here
    • CLIVAR December 2018 Bulletin here
    • Future Earth November/December Newsletter here
    • IGAC eBulletin January 2019 here
    • IIOE-2 Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 12 December 2018 here
    • Ocean Carbon Exchange news December 20, 2018 here
    • PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2018, no. 12 here



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GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Xiamen University, China

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