SOLAS update

SOLAS Event Report on the SOLAS Open Science Conference 2019
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The issue 14 reports on the SOLAS Open Science Conference, which was held from 21-25 April in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan.
Download and read the report here.

SOLAS session and SOLAS relevant sessions at the Ocean Science Meeting 2020

For the first time, SOLAS will convene a session on Science and Society at the Ocean Sciences Meeting!

Erik van Doorn (Kiel University, Germany), Christa Marandino (GEOMAR, Germany), Phil Boyd (University of Tasmania, Australia), and Bill Miller (University of Georgia, USA) proposed the following session:
SI011 - The apparent mismatch between science and policy at the air-sea interface
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SOLAS relevant sessions:
AI001 - Extratropical air-sea interactions and extreme events
AI002 - Fluxes and Physical Processes Near the Air-Sea Interface: Observations and Modeling
AI003 - Impacts and dynamics of bubbles in the ocean surface layer
AI004 - Impacts of Inter-Basin Interaction on Climate Variability and Extreme Events
AI005 - Mesoscale and submesoscale ocean-atmosphere interactions and influence on Earth’s climate
AI006 - Recent breakthroughs in air-sea CO2 exchange
AI007 - The Biogeochemistry of the Upper Ocean and Air-Sea Exchange Processes
AI008 - Towards an improved understanding of Indian Ocean dynamics and its role in the Monsoon
AI009 - Tropical Cyclone-Ocean Interactions: From Weather to Climate
AI010 - Wave breaking in ocean-atmosphere exchanges
CT001Biogeochemical cycles in oxygen minimum zones: mechanisms, drivers, and change
CT003Chemical Speciation and Biogeochemistry in a Changing Ocean
CT005Gases as Tracers of Ocean Biogeochemical and Physical Processes
CT006 - Ocean Ventilation: Results and Innovations from Transient and Deliberate Tracers
CT007 - Production and cycling of organosulfur and volatile organic carbon compounds: where is the field now and how do we move forward?
CT009 - Significance of Photochemistry in Marine Biogeochemical Cycles
T009 - Significance of Photochemistry in Marine Biogeochemical Cycles
OC006 - The Evolving Ocean Carbon Sink: Processes and Impacts
HE004 - Effects of Ice Loss on Marine Biogeochemistry and Biodiversity
HE012 - Variability of high latitude ocean/sea-ice/atmosphere interactions and associated convection in a changing climate
SI003 - Ocean and Marine Sustainability: Preparedness for Climate and Ocean Extreme through Societal Participation
SI005 - Ocean Visions: Finding Ocean-Based Solutions to Society’s Greatest Global Challenges

The abstract deadline is 11 September 2019. Submit your abstract here.

If you would like to highlight your session via the SOLAS mailing list, please send an e-mail to the IPO solas@geomar.de

Call for contributors: BEPSII Antarctic fast-ice nutrient database
The SOLAS co-sponsored BEPSII (Biogeochemical Exchange Processes at sea ice Interface) calls for contributors to the BEPSII Antarctic fast-ice nutrient database. The overarching objective is to produce a database of nutrient concentration and relevant auxiliary data from land-fast sea ice in Antarctica and write an overview paper with all data contributors/holders as co-authors.
If you would like to contribute data to this initiative, please use this spreadsheet, save your sheet according to the title format given (date_project_station_type), and send it to Sian Henley by the beginning of September.

More details here.



Future Earth has launched a new website and published a new issue of the magazine 'Anthropocene'

Visit the new Future Earth website with some new features! You can now search the Future Earth projects and research through a search by theme function. 

The Anthropocene magazine is the new, award-winning print, digital, and live magazine from Future Earth. It is the first of its kind to focus specifically on the Anthropocene, a new epoch in the geologic history of the planet named for humanity’s influence on the globe. 
Visit the Anthropocene magazine website here.

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Constraining Southern Ocean Air-Sea-Ice Fluxes Through Enhanced Observations

A review paper from the SOLAS community, which is entitled "Constraining Southern Ocean Air-Sea-Ice Fluxes Through Enhanced Observations", has been published recently. In this paper, Swart et al. highlighted the Southern Ocean-specific observational gaps, scales, and challenges in estimating air-sea-ice fluxes, summarised key focus areas for future flux research, and offered recommendations for improving estimates of fluxes.

Reference: Swart, S., et al. (2019), Constraining Southern Ocean Air-Sea-Ice Fluxes Through Enhanced Observations, Frontiers in Marine Science, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00421

(A-C) The 10-year (2008–2017) mean net heat flux (watts per square meter, W m-2) for three reanalysis products. (D–F) The 10-year mean difference in daily net heat flux (W m-2) between the products. (G–I) Standard deviation of the daily differences (in W m-2) shown in panel (D–F).

Upcoming deadlines

  • 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.
  • Call for session proposals for the EGU General Assembly 2020. The deadlines are 15 August 2019 for Union Symposia and Great Debates and 5 September 2019 for other session types, including short courses. More information here.
  • Call for papers: Online Climate Conference CLIMATE2020, 20-23 March 2020 - Integrating Mitigation & Adaptation Initiatives for a Better Management of Climate Change and Its Impacts. Abstract submission by 31 August 2019. More information here.
  • The EGU General Assembly 2020 (EGU2020) call for sessions until 5 September 2019. More information here.
  • SCOR WG157 will co-host a one-day symposium on Rediscovering pelagic biodiversity: Progress, promise, and challenges of metabarcoding of microbes to mammals, 13 September 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden. Register by 6 September 2019 here.
  • InterRidge Theoretical Institute 2019, 18-22 November 2019, Banyuls-sur-Mer, France. Register by 8 September 2019 here.
  • The European Commission is preparing the implementation of Horizon Europe, the next and most ambitious EU research and innovation programme (2021-2027) with a proposed budget of €100 billion, in an intensive co-design process. As part of the process, the Commission has launched an online consultation. The Commission invites anyone with an interest in future EU research and innovation priorities, anywhere in the world, to participate in the consultation, which will close on 8 September 2019. More information here.
  • MICMoR Technical Short Course on 'Biosphere-atmosphere nitrogen exchange and fundamentals of atmospheric chemistry‘, 7-11 October 2019, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Apply by 10 September 2019. More information here.
  • Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020, 16-21 February 2020, San Diego, California, USA. Submit an abstract by 11 September 2019here.
  • US CLIVAR Water Isotopes and Climate Workshop, 1-3 October 2019, Boulder, CO, USA. Register by 27 September 2019 here
  • Call for nominations for the WCRP Data and Modeling Prizes 2019. Submit a nomination by 30 September 2019. More information here.


  • Upcoming events
    • WCRP Climate Science Week at the AGU Fall Meeting, 7-13 December 2019, San Francisco, California, USA. More information here.
    • The OceanObs Research Coordination Network (RCN) annual meeting, 16 February 2020, San Diego, CA, USA. Contact Frank Muller-Karger and Jay Pearlman to expressions of interest to attend by 31 October 2019.
    • International Indian Ocean Science Conference-2020, 16-20 March 2020, Goa, India. Submit an abstract by 15 October 2019 here.
    • The 8th International Symposium on Gas Transfer at Water Surfaces, 19-22 May 2020, Plymouth, UK. More information here.
    • Ocean Biogeochemistry Gordon Research Seminar (GRS), 30-31 May 2020, Hong Kong, China. More information here.
    • Ocean Biogeochemistry Gordon Research Conference (GRC), 31 May-5 June 2020, Hong Kong, China. More information here.
    • Future Earth and the Belmont Forum co-organised conference on "Sustainability Research & Innovation 2020", 14-17 June 2020, Brisbane, Australia. More information here.
    • Save the date: OCB 2020 Summer Workshop, 22-25 June 2020, Woods Hole, MA, USA. Registration will open spring 2020.
  • Published literature

    • JCOMM (Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology) Ocean Observing System Report Card 2019 available here.
    • A guidance on appropriate naming of our scientific activities on ships, in particular the underway pCO2 measurements from the IOCCP Scientific Steering Group and the Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) Ship Observations Team (SOT) Executive Panel is available here.
    • Read the Community White Papers of Oceanobs 19, which have already been published in the special issue of Frontiers in Marine Science.
  • Funding opportunities

    • The European Geosciences Union welcomes conference proposals on solar system and planetary processes (Angioletta Coradini Conferences), on biochemical processes in the Earth system (Mary Anning Conferences), as well as on selected topics of geosciences with a socio-economic impact for developing regions (Alexander von Humboldt Conferences). Submit a proposal by 15 August 2019. More information here.
    • The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) programme 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.
    • MeerWissen supports cooperation between African and German marine research institutions. The 2nd MeerWissen call for concept is now open for applications, which contribute to 'Strengthening Marine Biodiversity Conservation in Sustainable Blue Economy Approaches in Africa'. Submitting a concept here by 15 September 2019. More information here.
    • EU call for ERC Starting Grants 2020 for promising early stage scientists (2-7 years after PhD) and their team. Apply by 16 October 2019. More information here.
    • Call for proposals for new PAGES Working Groups. Apply by 24 October 2019. More information here.
  • Miscellaneous

    • A new software for making the first Quality Control (1st QC, QC1) on Hydrographic Cruise Data has been released. It was developed under the H2020 AtlantOS project. Visit the GitHub page for details.
    • The Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS) is looking for thoughts on the use of the best practices in ocean observing and also guiding the evolution of the OBPS. Please take the survey here.
    • The IPCC Working Group I would like to invite Governments and Observer Organizations to participate in a brief survey that focuses on user needs for the Technical Summary (TS) of  its contribution to the Sixth  Assessment Report (AR6). Please take the survey here.
    • The call for nominations to the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group (SSG) and CLIVAR panels is now open until 10 October 2019. More information here.
    • IMBeR´s Intedisciplinary Marine Early Career Network (IMECaN) has been launched. Join the network and find more information here.
    • The IAPSO Early Career Scientist Network was newly launched. Join the network and check more information here.
  • Flick though some newsletters

    • CLIVAR August 2019 Bulletin here
    • EGU Newsletter July here
    • Future Earth July Newsletter here
    • IGAC eBulletin - August 2019 here
    • IIOE-2 Newsletter Volume-3,Issue-7 here
    • OA-ICC Highlights April-June 2019 here.
    • Ocean Carbon Exchange July 25, 2019 here
    • PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2019, no. 7 here
    • SCOR Newsletter #40 here
    • WCRP June Newsletter 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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