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ISSUE 4, AUGUST 2013
SOOS Update is a quarterly newsletter that provides updates on SOOS activities and products. 
Wind and AABW
How does wind drive changes in the Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW)? A new SOOS-endorsed research project will address this question and others, by monitoring the outflow dynamics of AABW at a key export site, the Orkney Passage. Find out more...

Melting From Below

A new, SOOS-endorsed project aims to install instruments on all major Antarctic Ice Shelves to monitor how fast the Southern Ocean is melting them from below. This project uses newly developed, "cheap" technology that allows the collection of year-round time series of melt rates. Find out more...

Dramatic Biogeochemical Change

The west Antarctic Peninsula is the fastest-warming marine environment on Earth, where rapid physical changes are having a profound, yet complex impact on phytoplankton productivity. This SOOS-endorsed project aims to understand the nutrient budgets underlying these biological changes, with implications for air-sea fluxes and ecosystem dynamics.  Find out more...

Chilean Activities 2014

Glacier calving rates, freshwater input, sea-ice algae dynamics, and ecosystem responses to climatic changes - these are just some of the issues being covered by the Chilean Antarctic Scientific Expedition this coming Antarctic summer. Find out more...

Amundsen Sea Initiative

A new field initiative is being developed under the umbrella of SOOS. The Amundsen Sea Project is a multi-national initiative, led by researchers at the Korean Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), with the aim to coordinate the establishment of long-term observations in the area. This Project is open to all those interested in collaboration. Find out more...

Gliders to Monitor Seasonal Cycle

An ongoing project of the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observatory (SOCCO, South Africa), will be deploying a newly acquired wave glider and a Seaglider, in the Sub-Antarctic Zone below South Africa and the Weddell Sea, to measure both physical and biogeochemical parameters in parallel with CO2 and O2 gas flux measurements. Find out more...

SOOS SSC Meeting Minutes

The annual SOOS Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) meeting was held in Shanghai, China (20-22nd May 2013). This meeting focussed on finalising workplans for the SOOS Science Themes, identifying priority observation gaps, developing the SOOS vision and identifying required steps towards this vision. To find out more download the meeting minutes...

A Look to the Future

What will SOOS look like in 20 years? The Vision for SOOS was recently published in "Current Opinions in Environmental Sustainability" and outlines the long-term vision of SOOS, the gains inherent in its implementation, and how the international community can move towards achieving it. Find out more...
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