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Scientific Steering Committee


The SOLAS Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) represents a broad spectrum of disciplines and nationalities, and includes both mid-career and senior scientists. The continuing success of SOLAS relies on the input of its engaged members.

The SSC members are responsible for providing scientific guidance to, and overseeing the development, planning and implementation of the SOLAS project. They are tasked to communicate on ongoing SOLAS activities and to encourage the publication and dissemination of SOLAS science results. They are also expected to communicate with the SOLAS International Office regularly on various issues.

The SSC members meet physically in average and at least once per year for a 3-day SSC meeting.

The SSC members are appointed by the four SOLAS parent programmes, IGBP, WCRP, SCOR and iCACGP for a first term of 3 years, renewable once. The term of reference of an SSC member can be found under this link.

Group photo from the 2015 SSC meeting in Hamburg, Germany

2015 Committee members:

Véronique Garçon (France). SOLAS SSC Chair (NEW)
Expertise: Marine bgc and ecosystem dynamics

Emmanuel Boss (USA) (NEW)
Expertise: Ocean optics and bgc

Anja Engel (Germany)
Expertise: Microbial bgc, sea surface microlayer

Cristina Facchini (Italy) (NEW)
Expertise: physical and chemical processes
in multiphase atm. systems

Hui-wang Gao (China)
Expertise: Atm. deposition and ecological effect

Christoph Garbe (Germany)
Expertise: Air-sea physical interaction

Michelle Graco (Peru)
Expertise: Bgc cycles in upwelling systems

Cécile Guieu (France)
Expertise: Marine ecosystems/ nutrients

Christoph Heinze (Norway)
Expertise: Carbon cycle modeling/ paleooceano


Ilan Koren (Israel)
Expertise: Clouds physics

Maurice Levasseur (Canada) (NEW)
Expertise: Ocean bgc, dimethylsulfide,
Arctic, ice algae

Lisa Miller (Canada)
Expertise: Sea ice / CO2 exchange

Yukihiro Nojiri (Japan)
Expertise: Ocean carbon

Alfonso Saiz-Lopez (Spain) IGAC liaison
Expertise: Atm. halogens/ modeling

VVSS Sarma (India) (NEW)
Expertise: Bgc cycling of C and N, stable isotopic
geochemistry (C,N,O,S,H)/ocean acidification

Brian Ward (Ireland) WCRP representative
Expertise: Air-sea physical interaction


- last update August 2015 -