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Moving towards implementation of a Southern Ocean Observing System


Schofield, O and Newman, L and Bricher, P and Constable, A and Swart, S and Wahlin, A, Moving towards implementation of a Southern Ocean Observing System, Marine Technology Society Journal, 50, (3) pp. 63-68. ISSN 0025-3324 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Marine Technology Society

DOI: doi:10.4031/MTSJ.50.3.8


The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) is deploying a holistic system to monitor the world's ocean; however, a major challenge is many regions are chronically under-sampled. One such region is the Southern Ocean, which is remote and a harsh region to sample. The importance of improving holistic sampling in this region is clear, given its disproportionate significance to Earth and the fact that the area is exhibiting rapid change. As the Southern Ocean is beyond the capability of any single nation, the international Southern Ocean research community recognized a need for improved international coordination, strategic planning, and eventual implementation of a Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS). The focus of SOOS is on (1) designing a sustainable system that provides data for determining the status and change of the Southern Ocean, (2) standardizing measurements across national efforts, (3) providing a forum for opportunities to guide future investments, (4) developing a portal for open transparent access to data, and (5) supporting grassroots discussion to identify/design expeditions and technology development. This manuscript highlights current SOOS strategies to meet those needs. Critical lessons emphasize the need for providing value to users who are contributing content/strategy as volunteers and sustain a dedicated office to coordinate those efforts while providing documented value to those contributing time and expertise.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Southern Ocean, technology, observations, Global Ocean Observation System, ocean observing
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Physical oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Antarctic and Southern Ocean oceanic processes
UTAS Author:Newman, L (Dr Louise Newman)
UTAS Author:Bricher, P (Dr Pip Bricher)
UTAS Author:Constable, A (Dr Andrew Constable)
ID Code:114618
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2017-02-22
Last Modified:2022-08-29

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