SOLAS update

SOLAS Open Science Conference 2019 update
  • The agenda of the Geoengineering Workshop has been finalised, have a look here.
  • The SOLAS OSC handbook and brochure are available now! Download both documents from the OSC website here.

  • Download the poster session list, including presenter times, poster titles, and poster board numbers here

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Shipping and the Environment II conference
The conference will be held on 4-6 September 2019 in Gothenburg, Sweden. It is a follow-up of the Shipping and the Environment, From Regional to Global Perspectives conference, which was organised in Gothenburg in October 2017.
Abstract submission is open until 17 May 2019. More details here.

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SOLAS has endorsed the AMBIEnCE project
The project "AMBIEnCE: Impact of atmospheric multi-stressors to coastal marine systems in a changing climate scenario" is a multi-disciplinary project using microcosms to study the impact of atmospheric organic aerosol (OA) deposition on the molecular composition and reactivity of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in different coastal marine systems. The AMBIEnCE project also aims at exploring how intrinsic OA/DOM compositions drive the solubility and bioavailability of atmospheric-derived trace metals in seawater.
Activities planned for 2019 include aerosol sampling campaigns, inception of aerosol seeding experiments in lab-made microcosms, and First AMBIEnCE Workshop & Second Project Meeting.
AMBIEnCE was endorsed by SOLAS in March 2019.
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SOLAS-IMBeR Interior Ocean Carbon working group paper on the determination of the global ocean sink for anthropogenic CO2

A paper entitled "The oceanic sink for anthropogenic CO2 from 1994 to 2007", resulting from the SOLAS-IMBeR Ocean carbon cycle working group 2 has been published in Science.
In this paper, Gruber et al. calculated the ocean uptake of anthropogenic CO2 for the interval from 1994 to 2007, which continued as expected. They also observed clear regional deviations from this pattern, suggesting that there is no guarantee that uptake will remain as robust with time.
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NAAMES overview paper published

The North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES) is a five year investigation to resolve key processes controlling ocean system function, their influences on atmospheric aerosols and clouds and their implications for climate. It has been endorsed by SOLAS since October 2015.

A paper entitled 'The North Atlantic Aerosol and Marine Ecosystem Study (NAAMES): Science Motive and Mission Overview' has just been published.
Reference: Behrenfeld, M. J., et al. (2019), The North Atlantic Aerosol and Marine Ecosystem Study (NAAMES): Science Motive and Mission Overview, Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, 122. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00122

Upcoming deadlines

  • 2019 Call for SCOR Working Group Proposals. The deadline is 15 April 2019. More details here.
  • Chemistry Climate Model Initiative (CCMI) Summer School: Earth system modeling and observations to study Earth in a changing climate, 4-6 August 2019, Hong Kong. Apply by 15 April 2019 here.
  • The International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) - Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Summer School on Oceanic Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems, 15-21 July 2019, Trieste, Italy. Apply by 15 April 2019 here.
  • International Ocean-Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) Ocean Optics & Biogeochemistry Protocols for Satellite Ocean Colour Sensor Validation. Submit your comments for “Protocols for Satellite Ocean Color Data Validation: In situ Optical Radiometry” and the new Appendix On-Water Radiometry Measurements: Skylight-Blocked Approach and Data Processing by 29 April 2019
  • 2019 Special POGO Visiting Fellowship for Ship-board Training on an Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) Cruise. Apply by 29 April 2019. More information here.
  • Call for applications for the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) - Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) Visiting Fellowship 2019. Apply by 30 April 2019. More information here.
  • 2019 UN Global Climate Action Awards. Submit a nomination by 30 April 2019. More information here
  • Cornell Satellite Remote Sensing Training Program, 3-14 June 2019, Ithaca, USA. Apply by 1 May 2019 here.

  • The 5th International Baltic Earth Summer School on "Climate of the Baltic Sea region", 26 August-2 September 2019, Askö Laboratory, Trosa, Sweden. Apply by 1 May 2019. More details here.
  • AGU Chapman Conference on Understanding Carbon Climate Feedbacks, 26-29 August 2019, San Diego, CA, USA. Abstract submission by 8 May 2019 here.
  • The second GEOTRACES summer school, 23-28 September 2019, Cadiz, Spain. Apply 15 May 2019. More information here.
  • Call for session and tutorial talk proposals for the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020. The deadline for submissions is 22 May 2019. More information here.
  • The 2019 CFMIP Meeting on Clouds Precipitation, Circulation, and Climate Sensitivity, 30 September-4 October 2019, St. John Hotel in Mykonos, Greece. Abstract submission by 24 May 2019 here.

Cabo Verde Declaration on Ocean Observations

Following its 20th Annual Meeting, held in Mindelo, Cabo Verde, in January 2019, the Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) has issued the Cabo Verde Declaration on Ocean Observations.

In this Statement, the Directors of around 40 major oceanographic institutions call, in unison, on Governments worldwide to provide sustained support for ocean observations through a fully operational Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS).

The Statement highlights the societal benefits derived from ocean observations. It also emphasises the need for full engagement of the developing world, and the requirement for international cooperation and capacity development in order to achieve a comprehensive and sustained GOOS. See full text here.
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Paris Declaration on All-Atlantic Ocean Observing

The EU-Horizon 2020 funded Project on “Optimizing and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System“ (AtlantOS) held its First International AtlantOS Symposium on 25-28 March at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (France). It was attended by scientists, policy makers, users, funders, the private sector and and non-governmental organizations.
The AtlantOS project and ocean experts assembled at the symposium released the Paris Declaration calling for an All-Atlantic Ocean Observing System to address the challenges and realize opportunities for society, the economy, and the environment. See full text here.


  • Upcoming events
    • Workshop on Atmospheric Physics: Experiment meets Modelling, 24 April-3 May 2019, Bad Honnef Germany. More information here.
    • 2019 OCB Summer Workshop, 24-27 June 2019, Woods Hole, MA, USA. Register here.
    • UK Challenger Society's 2019 AMBIO conference "Biogeochemistry Across Boundaries",  24-27 June 2019, University of East Anglia, UK. Submit your abstracts by email here. More information soon here.
    • OceanObs'19, 16-20 September 2019, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Poster submission deadline extended to 27 June 2019. More information here.
    • Save the date: The 3rd PACES Open Science Meeting, 18-20 September 2019, Oslo, Norway.
    • 2019 SCOR Annual Meeting, 23-25 September 2019, Toyama, Japan. More information here.
    • Save the date: Workshop on Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions: Scoping directions for U.S. research, 1-3 October 2019, Sterling, VA, USA.
    • GlobalHAB Workshop on Evaluating, Reducing and Mitigating the Cost of Harmful Algal Blooms: A Compendium of Case Studies, 17-19 October 2019, Victoria, BC, Canada, as part of the Annual PICES meeting. To sign up for the workshop, contact Ed Urban and register for the Annual PICES meeting here.
    • 19th GEIA Conference: The Global Emission Initiative and Accelerating Social Transformations, 6-8 November 2019, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile. More information here.
    • Save the date: International Indian Ocean Science Conference-2020, 16-20 March 2020, Goa, India.
    • Save the date: The 16th IGAC Science Conference, 13-18 September 2020, University of Manchester, UK.
  • Published literature

    • GESAMP has released the guideline for the Monitoring and Assessment of Plastic Litter in the Ocean. Read and download the guideline here.
  • Funding opportunities

    • BNP Paribas Foundation Climate and Biodiversity Initiative. Submit an application by 28 April 2019. More information here.
    • Call for Proposals for the ASLO Global Outreach Initiative. The deadline for submission is 15 May 2019. More information here.
    • EuroMarine 2019 call for proposals for Foresight Workshops and Working Groups. Proposal submission by 31 May 2019 here.
    • The Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is soliciting pre-applications for investigator awards. Pre-application deadline 3 June 2019. More details here.
    • Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Climate & JPI Oceans Joint Transnational Call on Next Generation Climate Science in Europe for Oceans. Deadline for full proposals is 14 June 2019. More information here.
    • Applications are invited for groups within, or linked to CLIVAR communities across the globe to propose “Research Foci” Studies. Deadline is 1 July 2019. More details here.
    • The intergovernmental funding programme COST has a continuous open call for networking activities. Proposals should include networks of scientists from a minimum of 7 COST countries, of which at least 3 must be Inclusiveness Target Countries. Next Collection Date is 5 September 2019. More information here.
    • EUROCHAMP-2020 aims at further integrating the most advanced European atmospheric simulation chambers into a world-class infrastructure for research and innovation. Call for applications for trans-national access to simulation chambers is open all year round. More information here.
  • Miscellaneous

    • The Global Ocean Data Analysis Project (GLODAP) is a data synthesis activity of carbon-relevant ocean interior data by a consortium of international marine scientists. The GLODAPv2_2019 data product, which contains data from 840 cruises with more than 1.1 million Niskin bottle sample analyses covering all oceans from 1972 through 2017. Access the data product here.
    • Approximately 13.5 million measurements of surface water pCO2 made over the global oceans during 1957-2018 have been processed to make a uniform data file in the LDEO (Takahashi) Database Version 2018 (LDEO_Database_V2018). The data set is available here.
    • Nominate candidates for EGU awards and medals by 15 June 2019. More here.
  • Flick though some newsletters

    • CATCH Newsletter March 2019 here
    • CLIVAR April 2019 Bulletin here
    • EGU Newsletter ISSUE 51, MARCH 2019 here
    • EuroMarine News Digest 100 - 22 March 2019 here
    • Future Earth March Newsletter here
    • GEOTRACES e-Newsletter March 2019 here
    • IGAC eBulletin - April 2019 here
    • IIOE-2 Newsletter Volume-3 Issue-3, March,2019 here
    • Ocean Carbon Exchange news April 4, 2019 here
    • PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2019, no. 3 here
    • SCOR Newsletter #39 here
    • SPARC eNews March 2019 here


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

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