SOLAS update

The SOLAS Open Science Conference 2019 was held in Sapporo, Japan from 21-25 April 2019 at the Hokkaido University Conference Hall. Organised and run by a committee of 17 nationalities, the conference welcomed 190 attendees from 30 countries to share their research and knowledge of SOLAS science. During plenary talks, discussion sessions, and poster presentations, participants were able to exchange about current projects and new ideas, as well as present their own findings.
During this year’s Open Science Conference, a day-long geoengineering workshop took place which discussed how the air-sea research community can help inform the decision-making process in climate intervention. Other highlights of the conference include an Early Career Scientists Day during which about 25 doctoral students and postdocs networked and presented their research in three-minute talks.
The SOLAS IPO would like to thank all participants and sponsors for making the conference a success. Again, congratulations to the winners of the student poster competition, George Manville and Lumi Kinjo, and the winners of the Early Career Scientist Day talk competition Pat Wongpan, Stephanie Schneider, and Hannah Horowitz.
The outcomes and reports of the sessions will be published in the upcoming issue of SOLAS Event Report. The reseach works of the winners of the student poster and the Early Career Day awards will be highlighed in the coming Event Report as well.

Photo by SOLAS OSC Local Organising Committee
SOLAS Scientific Steering Committee meeting 2019

The SOLAS annual Scientific Steering Committee meeting 2019 was held 26-28 April in Jozankei, Japan. This three-day meeting focused on discussions of current research issues and their implementation.

SOLAS sincerely thanks all the sponsors for supporting our meeting during the beautiful cherry blossom season.
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Photo by Jessica Gier, SOLAS IPO
SOLAS National Reports 2018 ONLINE NOW

A PDF including the 17 received annual national reports is available for download here. Alternatively, individual reports and contact details of SOLAS National Representatives are availabel here. More reports are expected and will be available online as they come in.
SOLAS sincerely thanks the National Representatives for their efforts and contributions!!
Please contact the SOLAS IPO if your country has no SOLAS national representative yet, but you are interested in highlighting SOLAS research and share it with the SOLAS community.
Welcome Martine Lizotte as the new Canadian National Representative

SOLAS welcomes Martine Lizotte as the new national representative of Canada. Martine Lizotte obtained a PhD at Laval University, Canada, investigating the oceanic cycling of dimethylsulfide (DMS). Since 2010, she has been working on the impacts of various environmental stressors (ocean acidification, iron depletion, light, warming) on the biogeochemistry of DMS under the auspices of the Canadian Research Chair on Ocean Biogeochemistry and Climate. She more recently joined the team of the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Remote Sensing of Canada’s New Arctic Frontier. Her involvement in Arctic-focused research programs and networks such as Arctic SOLAS, ArcticNet, NETCARE (Network on Climate and Aerosols:  Addressing Key Uncertainties in  Remote Canadian Environments), Takuvik, and Sentinel North, has led to a deeper understanding of the interactions between oceans and the atmosphere, including the impacts of climate change on the production of DMS within the hydrosphere/cryosphere nexus at high latitude.

At the same time, SOLAS sincerely thanks Jonathan Abbatt for running the Canadian network during the past three years.
Save the Date: 5th International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World
The SOLAS-IMBER Working Group on Ocean Acidification (SIOA) is pleased to announce that the 5th International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World will be held in Lima, Peru on 7-10 September 2020. The lead organisers are Wilmer Carbajal (Pedro Ruiz Gallo National University, Peru) and Michelle Graco (Institute of the Sea of Peru, IMARPE, Peru) and colleagues, based on their successful bid that was submitted to the SIOA.
The previous symposia in this series were held in Paris in 2004, Monaco in 2008, Monterey in 2012, and Hobart in 2016, each proving to be essential for the international, multidisciplinary community of researchers studying ocean acidification. The same is expected for this 5th symposium, the first to be held in South America. Please save the date!
More information will be available soon.

Upcoming deadlines

  • 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 Cloud Feedback Model Intercomparison Project Meeting on Clouds Precipitation, Circulation, and Climate Sensitivity, 30 September-4 October 2019, Mykonos, Greece. Abstract submission by 24 May 2019 here.
  • The19th Global Emissions InitiAtive Conference: The Global Emission Initiative and Accelerating Social Transformations, 6-8 November 2019, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile. Abstract submission by 27 May 2019 here.
  • The Falkland Island Government and the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute are currently assessing the infrastructure and services required to fully support increased scientific and research activities both in the Falkland Islands and the wider South Atlantic region. An online survey will be open till 31 May 2019. The information provided in this survey will be used to plan for the future creation of a science ‘hub’ in the Falkland Islands.


  • The 6th International Conference on Nitrification and Related Processes (ICoN6), 8-12 October 2019, Xiamen, China. Submit your oral abstract online by 20 June 2019 and poster abstract by 31 August 2019. More information here.
  • OceanObs'19, 16-20 September 2019, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Poster submission deadline extended to 27 June 2019. More information here.


  • Upcoming events
    • 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.
    • Save the date: International Indian Ocean Science Conference-2020, 16-20 March 2020, Goa, India.
    • Save the date: IMBeR summer school, ClimEco7, 22-29 June 2020, Cabo Verde.
    • Save the date: The 16th IGAC Science Conference, 13-18 September 2020, University of Manchester, UK.
  • Published literature

    • Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme published the "Arctic Ocean Acidification Assessment 2018: Summary for Policy-Makers." Download the report here.
  • Funding opportunities

    • 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 GOA-ON Implementation Strategy was officially launched at the 4th GOA-ON International Workshop, Hangzhou, China, 14-17 April 2019. Access the Implementation Strategy here. The GOA-ON Executive Council welcomes any feedback by 1 July 2019 by contacting Jan Newton and the GOA-ON Secretariat.
    • Six SCOR working group proposals have been submitted and are available here. Reviews (instructions here) from national SCOR committees, partner organisations, and individuals are welcome by 15 August 2019.
    • New trace gases short film from the OCB Oceanic Methane and Nitrous Oxide Workshop released. Watch and share the film via YouTube here.
  • Flick though some newsletters

    • IIOE-2 Newsletter Volume-3 Issue-4, April,2019 here
    • Ocean Carbon Exchange news May 2, 2019 here
    • OA-ICC Highlights, January-March 2019 here
    • US CLIVAR April Newsgram here
    • PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2019, no. 5 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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