Meeting on 'air-sea interaction, policy and stewardship'

June 14-15, 2017, Rome, Italy

A small meeting on 'air-sea interaction, policy and stewardship' will take place in Rome, Italy on 14-15 June 2017, co organised by Emilio Cocco, Christa Marandino and Erik van Doorn. It is a follow up event of the SOLAS Science and Society workshop that took place in Brussels last October. Visit http://bit.ly/2sm9056


Conference on 'Shipping and the Environment - From Regional to Global Perspectives'

October 24-25, 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden

SOLAS is co-sponsor of the international conference 'Shipping and the environment- From Regional to Global Perspectives', 24-25 October 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden. This conference is focussing on the environmental impact of shipping and its importance within policy, marine spatial planning and the maritime transport sectors. The conference is jointly organised by the Bonus project SHEBA.

Download the first announcement here

Visit the website http://shipping-and-the-environment-2017.ivl.se/

Submit an abstract by 11 June here

Following the conference, 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. More info here. Register your interest by sending this form filled up to David Turner by email.


SOLAS Summer School 2018

July 23 - August 3 2018, Cargese, Corsica, France

A SOLAS Summer School is under preparation for 23 July to 3 August 2018 in Cargese, Corsica, France. The website is under construction. In the meantime you can register your interest here.
By subscribing to this mailing list you will receive information about the Summer School as soon as they become available. Note that this list is intended to applicants, e.g. essentially PhD students, eventually Master and postdocs.

- last update June 2017-



Workshop on 'Frontiers in ocean-atmosphere exchange: Air sea interface and fluxes of mass and energy'

May 15-18, 2017, Cargese, France
From the 15th until the 18th of May 2017 the SOLAS science workshop "Frontiers of ocean-atmosphere interaction: Air-sea interface and fluxes of mass and energy" took place at IESC in Cargèse, Corsica. The facilities bordering the Mediterranean Sea provided a perfect setting. IESC is a well known venue for the SOLAS community, as it hosted the 2011 SOLAS Summer School (and will again in 2018).

It was a busy and fruitful week. A colourfull group of senior and early-career scientists as well as PhD students took part in the programme of morning plenary sessions, afternoon breakout sessions and the daily 'open-air' poster exhibition.

Research to the ocean surface microlayer from a large diversity of approaches and backgrounds was presented in this workshop. Topics ranged from advances in biochemical research to wave modelling, and from the interaction between the microlayer and clouds to rain-induced sea surface anomalies.

The ocean surface microlayer (OSML) provides significant challenges for both observationalists and modellers. To improve our understanding of the OSML and how it affects air-sea exchange processes, interaction and collaboration between different research communities is essential and still needs to be further advanced.

The organizers would like to thank all speakers and participants to the workshop for their contributions. A full report of the workshop will be made available through the SOLAS website in the coming months.

The organizers would like to thank all speakers and participants to the workshop for their contributions, and also the sponsors ONRG, ESA, SOLAS, WCRP and the University of Galway.  A full report of the workshop will be made available through the SOLAS project website later in the year.

Workshop website: http://airsea.nuigalway.ie/cargese/workshop

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Workshop participants (alphabetical order): Magdalena Anguelova, Tom Bell, Oyvind Breivik,  Adrian Callaghan, Kai Christensen, Kyla Drushka, Anneke ten Doeschate, Anja Engel, Leonie Esters, Luisa Galgani, Valentina Giunta, Luciá Gutiérrez-Loza, Nathalie Hayeck, Sok Kuh Kang, Kyeong Ok Kim, Ilan Koren, Stéphane Laussac, Peter Liss, Anoop Mahajan, Christa Marandino, Wade McGillis, Nicholas Meskhidze, Francesc Peters, Henry Potter, Lucia Robles Diaz, Anna Rutgersson, Matt Salter, Joel Sudre, Graig Sutherland, Liselotte Tinel, Royston Uning, Penny Vlahos, Evangelos Voyiatzis, Rik Wanninkhof, Brian Ward, Johnson Zachariah, Sebastian Zeppenfeld.


SOLAS workshop on 'Valuing carbon and the ocean's role'

March 30 - April 1, 2017, Monaco

A workshop focusing on valuing carbon and the ocean’s role was held in Monaco in March this year, as a follow up to the SOLAS Science and Society Workshop held in Brussels in October, 2016. Dr. Nathalie Hilmi and the Centre Scientifique de Monaco (CSM) hosted the event, which was the kick off to Ocean Week in Monaco. The workshop took place in the conference room of the CSM on 30-31 March, with a closed scientific discussion about valuing carbon and the ocean's role, and on 1 (morning) April 2017, with a public session in plenary to discuss outcomes and next steps. As a final overture for Ocean Week, which was organised by the Foundation Prince Albert II, an ocean manifesto was created and was signed on April 3rd by the following leaders, in the presence of Mr. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries:

  • H.S.H. The Prince Albert II of Monaco
  • Mrs Ségolène Royal, French Minister of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, responsible for International Climate Relations
  • Mr. Gian Luca Galletti, Italien Ministre of the Environment, Protection of Land and Sea.

This non-binding manifesto aims to protect oceans and has already been signed by over a hundred MOW participants. Each participant is invited to add her/his signature if she/he wishes to.

We were a small, international group, with participants from Canada, Nigeria, Germany, France, the UK, and Monaco, as well as remote attendance from India and China. The goal of the workshop was to write an interdisciplinary review paper, entitled “The Ocean’s role in CO2 mitigation”, related to blue carbon and the open ocean and shelf areas. The expertise of the participants ranged from law to economics to carbon cycling within the Earth system and gas exchange, with much in between.

The overall objective of the SOLAS Science and Society meetings is to perform scientific research at the boundaries of natural and social science, with an interface to stakeholders and policymakers. The value-added in this workshop was to join scientific disciplines on this societally relevant topic that is largely unexplored to date and to convey the messages to decision-makers. As such, we are able to develop a comprehensive manuscript that includes the economic value of carbon in the ocean, extending past the typical coastal blue carbon content.

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Workshop participants: Martin Johnson, Nathalie Hilmi, Erik van Doorn, Christa Marandino, Helmuth Thomas, Mary Omolara, Manoranjan Mishra, Alain Safa, Laura Recuerto Virto, Denis Allemand, Peter Swarzenski, Olga Anghelici, Shang Chen, Dorothée Herr.


Community workshop on the development of CATCH (Cryosphere and ATmospheric CHemistry)

April 19-20, 2017, Paris, France

The CATCH mission is to facilitate atmospheric chemistry research within the international community, with a focus on natural processes specific to cold regions of the Earth. Cold regions include areas which are seasonally or permanently covered by snow and ice, from the high mountains to the polar ice sheets and sea ice zones as well as regions where ice clouds that undergo chemistry are found.
CATCH is an emerging IGAC Activity on Chemistry, Biology and Physics in Cold Regions.

CATCH scientists will aim to understand and predict:

  • How aerosols are formed and processed in cold regions;
  • How cold region aerosols act as and impact cloud properties;
  • Feedbacks between climate change and atmospheric chemistry that are determined by changes in the cryosphere;
  • How the ice core record can be used to understand global environmental change;
  • How physical, chemical, biological, and ecological changes in sea ice and snow impact atmospheric chemistry;
  • How microbiology adapts and impacts biogeochemical cycling of elements in ecosystems of cold environments; and
  • Establish background composition (trace gases and aerosols) in cold regions that are undergoing industrialization as well as impacted by climate change.

More information available at http://igacproject.org/CATCH

The first CATCH community workshop was held in Guyancourt, France on 19-20 April 2017. The workshop was co-sponsored by IGAC, SOLAS, and the French project PARCS. The main aim of the first CATCH workshop was to initiate development of a cross-disciplinary research community and establish linkages within neighboring disciplines including atmosphere, ocean, ice, snow, biology, clouds, dynamics, and fundamental chemistry. The workshop also aimed to foster future collaborative work by highlighting cross-disciplinary research questions and identifying future research needs/opportunities. A more detailed workshop report will be released soon!

To stay up to date with CATCH's news, subscribe to the CATCH mailing list here and read the last CATCH Newsletter May 2017 here.

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Workshop participants: Alexander Becky, Bartels-Rausch Thorsten, Browse Jo, Burkhart John, Corrochano Pablo, DallOsto Manuel, DiBiagio Claudia, Dommergue Aurelien, Edebeli Jacinta, Eirund Gesa, Falk Stefanie, France James, Frey Markus, Geng Lei, Giordano Michael, Griffiths Paul, Grilli Roberto, Guzman Marcelo, Halfacre Wes, He Xucheng, Heger Dominik, Hendriksen Niels Bohse, Jokinen Tuija , Jones Anna, Kim Kitae, Larose Catherine, Law Kathy, Lizotte Martine, Maffezzoli Niccolò, Marelle Louis, McClure-Begley Audra, Melamed Megan, Murphy Jennifer, Murray Ben, Pratt Kerri, Ram Kirpa, Saiz-Lopez Alfonso, Sinnhuber Björn-Martin, Stutz Jochen, Thomas Jennie, Tremblay Samantha, Turquety Solene, Uttal Taneil, Voisin Didier, Willis Megan, Yang Xin


SOLAS Workshop on `SOLAS Science and Society`

Oct 26-27, 2016 Brussels, Belgium

A free workshop on the topic of `SOLAS Science and Society` took place in late October 2016. The workshop brought together researchers in the field of ocean-atmosphere interactions and social scientists.

One of the goals of Future Earth, the newest SOLAS sponsor, is to more tightly couple science and society. This is a rather bold new step for SOLAS scientists, as to date the most intense coupling in our community has been only on the topic of geoengineering. During the SOLAS Open Science Conference in Kiel in September, 2015, a discussion session was held regarding this idea. One aim of the discussion was to identify SOLAS scientists interested in pursuing this integrating effort and some ideas on topics and procedures. The main outcome of the discussion was that there is clear interest within the SOLAS community to participate in joint scientific research with social scientists.

In order to facilitate this process, a two-day workshop focusing on three separate topics was held.

  • Valuing carbon and the ocean’s role,
  • (In)Forming policy across the air-sea interface, and
  • The shipping industry and air-sea interactions.

See full announcement.


SOLAS in Asia: A Future SOLAS Symposium

Oct 26-28, 2016 Qingdao, China

When we outlook the future of SOLAS, not only in coordination in cross-disciplinary basic research, but also in climate and ecosystem services, challenges remain. Asian countries have made considerable contributions to SOLAS in the broad context of international collaborations, especially in the fields of ocean carbon cycle, air-sea exchange and atmospheric deposition to oceans. Considering Asian countries acting as the world economic engines, SOLAS studies therein should strengthen internal collaborations and pioneer some international collaboration programs to better service future social-economic activities on the earth.

This Future SOLAS symposium aimed to foster the exchange of ideas and knowledge between Asian scientists as well as the communication with the international community and to promote collaborations within Asian countries for SOLAS research and activities over the next decade.

Organizer: Ocean University of China


  • National Nature Science Foundation of China (NSFC) 
  • Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, China
  • Key laboratory of Marine Environment and Ecology, Ministry of Education, Ocean University of China
  • State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Sciences, Xiamen Unveirsty, China

Contacts: Xiaohuan Liu (liuxh1983@ouc.edu.cn), Xin Chi (chixin@ouc.edu.cn)

Symposium programme available here.

SOLAS/ESA Workshop "Harnessing Remote Sensing to Address Critical Science Questions in the Ocean-Atmosphere Interface"

Jun 13-15, 2015 ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy

A highly successful workshop sponsored by SOLAS and ESA took place 13-15 June 2016 at the ESA facilities in Frascati, Italy. The workshop was based around the topic of “Harnessing Remote Sensing to Address Critical Science Questions in the Ocean-Atmosphere Interface".
A first report is available **here**

A commentary manuscript is now being prepared for the journal Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene and will present to the Earth system science community the new ideas generated at this workshop, including how existing and possibly future remote sensing tools could be used to answer these questions.


PICES 2014 Annual meeting 'Toward a better understanding of the North Pacific: Reflecting on the past and steering for the future'

Oct 1-26, 2014 Yeosu, Korea
SOLAS workshop on `SOLAS into the Future: Designing the next phase of the Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study within the context of the Future Earth Program` conveners: Lisa Miller & Yukihiro.


Swedish - SOLAS Science Symposium

August 27-28, 2014 Gothenburg, Sweden
A Swedish-SOLAS Open Science Symposium will be held 27-28 Aug 2014 in Gothenburg,Sweden. Both established and young researchers from Swedish institutions/universities carrying out SOLAS-related science are very welcome to join this event. Registration is required but free of charge. Symposium Website

SOLAS Symposium Day 2014

June 19, 2014 Rehovot, Israel
A SOLAS symposium took place on the 19 June 2014 in Israel in the Lopatie Conference Centre at the Weizmann Institute of Science. It was aimed at interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, insights, and knowledge, between scientists whose work deals with SOLAS related processes. In total 19 talks were given on a broad range of SOLAS topics and the day ended with a poster session. The symposium also marked the beginning of the national network of SOLAS Israel. Symposium Website


SOLAS at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2014

February 23-28, 2014 Honolulu, USA
SOLAS had a strong presence at the 17th Ocean Sciences Meeting 2014. Many sessions during the meeting discussed SOLAS related topics such as for example #005 Air-Sea Gas Exchange and #043 Biogenic Trace Gases In the Surface Ocean: From Source to Flux. One session was also specifically dedicated to SOLAS, the #064 Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS): Advances and Impacts of Ocean Derived Aerosols and  Atmospheric Nutrient Inputs. David Kieber and Bill Miller, former members of the SOLAS Scientific Steering Committee, led this session. During the poster sessions a large number of SOLAS related posters were presented, including one by the SOLAS International Project Office (IPO), which described the goals and functions of the international research initiative that SOLAS is. For the first time SOLAS was present at a booth during a conference. The booth was placed in the exhibition hall of the Ocean Sciences Meeting along with other projects and companies. The booth and SOLAS ́s participation in it was made possible by the support of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR).


Future SOLAS Workshop

Jan 9-10, 2013 Galway, Ireland
On 9-10 January, Brian Ward from the National University of Ireland in Galway with support of the SOLAS International Project Office hosted a successful workshop. Current and former SOLAS Scientific Committee members, early career scientist and IPO staff met to further develop and plan SOLAS in its next phase. Special interest was taken in considering the outcome of the community consultation that took place during the last couple of months in 2013 and the input of the highly constructive early career scientist workshop that took place in early December of last year. Major steps have been accomplished in the layout of Future SOLAS in the context of the current SOLAS scientific sponsors and the Future Earth initiative. A document describing the next phase of SOLAS is well underway, an advanced draft is expected to be ready in late spring/early summer 2014.


Future SOLAS early career scientist workshop

Dec 3-5, 2013 Plymouth, UK
Dr. Tom Bell from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) hosted a very successful workshop to brainstorm on the scientific scope of Future SOLAS. Thirteen bright and highly motivated SOLAS early career scientists from around the world, many of them SOLAS Summer School alumni (< 10 years after PhD), met and constructively brainstormed about the next 10 years of SOLAS. To help place Future SOLAS in the context of the Future Earth initiative, two socio-economists from PML were invited to join them. Together the group defined what ecosystem services mean in terms of Future SOLAS science and identified where the natural and social sciences can work together. The recommendations and outcome of this workshop will feed into a document describing the next phase of SOLAS.
Download a full report about the workshop by Sarah Lawson **here**

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Swedish Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study Workshop

Nov 18-19, 2013, Stockholm, Sweden
About 25 SOLAS scientists from Swedish Institutions met at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. Three SOLAS Scientific Steering Committee members and three representatives of Swedish funding agencies joined them to discuss on how to enhance the engagement of Swedish researchers in SOLAS, in particular in the context of the Future Earth initiative. The participants successfully established a matrix mapping Swedish capacity in relation to the SOLAS broad scientific scope and a list of current members of the Swedish network. They are currently working on providing a complete annual report to SOLAS and setting up collaborations. They also discussed options about having such a workshop annually. This successful workshop was initiated, organised and supported by the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS).


PICES 2013 Annual meeting 'Communicating forecasts, uncertainty and consequences of ecosystem change'

Oct 11-20, 2013 Nanaimo, BC, Canada, http://www.pices.int/
SOLAS co-sponsored the Topic session S4 on The changing carbon cycle of North Pacific continental shelves and marginal seas


PICES Summer School 2013 on Ocean observing systems and ecosystem monitoring

Aug 19-23, Newport, USA
SOLAS is a co-sponsor

SOLAS/IMBER Ocean Acidification Annual meeting 2013

May, Monaco
SOLAS is a co-sponsor


Workshop on 'Towards an integrative regional coupling in the EBUS'

26-27 Nov 2012, Lima, Peru, more here