SOOS - Southern Ocean Observing System

Program Description: SOOS The Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) is an international initiative with the mission to coordinate and expand the efforts of all nations and programs that gather data from the Southern Ocean, with the specific aim of developing a coherent and efficient observing system that will deliver the observations required to address key scientific and societal challenges. As a result of the unique geography of the Southern Ocean, the region has a profound influence on the global ocean circulation and the Earth’s climate. Changes in the physical and biogeochemical state of the Southern Ocean are already underway. The circumpolar southern Ocean is warming more rapidly, and to greater depth, than the global ocean average.

Year Started: 2011.

Organization Description: The SOOS is a scientific, non-governmental, non-profit, international coordination initiative that is overseen by Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (dozens of countries represented) and the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (200 scientists from 32 countries)

Data Description: SOOS has a cyberinfrastructure-based vision, where marine assets would include a mixture of both autonomous and non-autonomous platforms, but relying more heavily on the former over time. Combined with satellite remote sensing, the data would be relayed to ground stations in real time, where assimilating ocean models would produce near real-time state estimates of each of the parameters in the system. The error fields associated with these assimilating models would then be used to re-task the autonomous platforms in real time, thus maximiing the spatial-temporal coverage of each of the parameters being measured, without specific need for human intervention.

Project Type: Instrument

Project Domains: Geosciences

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