SOLAS update

SOLAS Town Hall and US-SOLAS Gathering at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2018

The SOLAS Town Hall ‘Expanding involvement and setting priorities’ was organised on 13 February 2018, with the goals to introduce the SOLAS science plan and international activities, to discuss how SOLAS can be useful to your research, to generate ideas for new initiatives and collaborations, and to explore priorities for expanding the US SOLAS program.

The US SOLAS national representative Rachel Stanley hosted this event. The Town Hall was joined by the SOLAS SSC Chair Lisa Miller and SSC members Philip Boyd, Peter Minnett, Jun Nishioka, and Guiling Zhang. They presented about their research and how they are connected with SOLAS. The SOLAS IPO was represented by Jessica Gier and Li Li.
After the Town Hall, the SOLAS scientists gathered to further discuss how to promote SOLAS in the US.

Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry (OCB) is seeking nominations for members of a newly established Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction Subcommittee, chaired by Rachel Stanley.

Please submit your nominations to the OCB Project Office by April 6, 2018 with the following information about your nominee (self-nominations are welcome and encouraged!):

  - Name, affiliation, and email address
  - Is this nominee willing to serve if elected?
  - Expertise as it pertains to the goals of this subcommittee
  - Updated CV
  - Brief statement (250 words or less) of the nominee's leadership capacity to help strengthen the US ocean-atmosphere research community

More information here.



Workshop on 'Remote Sensing for Studying the Ocean-Atmosphere Interface'
  • The workshop is currently being held (13-15 March 2018) at the Bolger Center, Potomac, MD, USA. 
  • A SOLAS event report will follow on that.

7th International SOLAS Summer School

23rd July
- 4th August 2018, Cargèse, Corsica, France
  • The detailed program including lecturers is now available here!
  • The network funding for the SOLAS Summer School 2018 is still open! Support students here.

Upcoming deadlines


  • OceanObs’19, 16-20 September, 2019, Honolulu, USA. Submit an abstract by 15 March 2018 here.

  • Call for applications for the PICES Summer School 2018 on Coastal Ocean Observatory Science, 9-13 July 2018, Victoria, BC, Canada. Submit an application by 16 March 2018 here.

  • INQUA-PAGES ECR workshop: Impacts of sea-level rise from past to future, 26-29. August 2018, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Submit an abstract by 16 March 2018 here.

  • The Network of Early Career Scientists of IMBeR, EKLIPSE, and the MarCons COST Action convene a workshop to train early career researchers to operate effectively at the Science-Policy-Society interface, 17-20 June 2018, Lošinj, Croatia. Submit an application by 19 March 2018 here.

  • Call for application for the IMBeR ClimEco6 summer school, 1-8 August 2018, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Submit an application by 26 March 2018 here.

  • Goldschmidt 2018, 12-17 August 2018, Boston, USA. Submit an abstract by 30 March 2018 here.

  • Marine Biogeochemistry Training School on Biogeochemical and Ecological Dimensions of a Changing Ocean, 5-8 June 2018, Faro, Portugal. Pre-register by 30 March 2018 here.

  • Conference on Ocean Deoxygenation: Drivers and Consequences, Past. Present. Future', 3-7 September 2018, Kiel, Germany. Submit and abstract by 31 March 2018 here.

  • The 6th SPARC General Assembly, 1-5 October 2018, Kyoto, Japan. Submit an abstract by 1 April 2018 here.

  • Call for papers for the Quaternary Science Reviews PALSEA2 special issue, titled "PALeo constraints on SEA level rise (PALSEA): ice-sheet & sea-level responses to past climate warming". Submit a manuscript by 1 April 2018. Details here.

  • Joint 14th iCACGP Quadrennial Symposium/15th IGAC Science Conference 2018, 25-29 September 2018, Takamatsu, Japan. Submit an abstract and apply the EC travel grant by 1 April 2018 here.

  • 2018 iCACGP/IGAC Early Career Short Course, 22-24 September 2018, Shodoshima, Japan. Submit an application by 1 April 2018. Details here.

  • NASA Summer School on Satellite Observations and Climate Models, 27-31 August 2018, Caltech, Keck Institute for Space Studies, USA. Submit an application by 2 April 2018 here.

  • Call for nominations for WCRP Joint Scientific Committee members. Submit a nomination by 6 April 2018 here.

  • Call for applications for POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowship programme 2018. Submit an application by 9 April 2018 here.

  • CLIVAR-FIO Joint Summer School on Past, Present and Future Sea Level Changes, 25-30 June 2018, and UNESCO/IOC ODC Training Course on Ocean Forecast Systems, 2-7 July 2018, Qingdao, China. Submit an application by 10 April 2018 here.

  • Practical training on ocean acidification, 4-22 June 2018, Fiskebäckskil, Switzerland.  Submit an application by 13 April 2018. Details here.

  • A Joint AerChemMIP/RFMIP/PDRMIP Workshop in support of CMIP6, 11-15 June 2018, Reading, UK. Submit an abstract by 13 April 2018. Details here.

  • The CNRS Summer School on Active transport in the Ocean: Turbulence, Chemistry & Biology, 2-6 July 2018, Wimereux, France. Submit an application by 15 April 2018. Details here

  • 2018 Call for SCOR Working Group Proposals. Submit a proposal by 16 April 2018. Details here.

  • Workshop on Fundamentals of Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosol Modeling, 13-15 August 2018, Boulder, CO, USA. Submit an application by 16 April 2018 here.

  • Call for session proposals for the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, 10-14 December 2018, Washington, D.C., USA. Submit a proposal by 18 April 2018 here.

  • Call for applications from scientists to serve on PAGES Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) from January 2019. Submit an application by 19 April 2018. Details here.

  • Call for new PAGES working groups. Submit a proposal by 19 April 2018. Details here.

  • Call for nominations for IGAC SSC membership. Submit a nomination by 20 April 2018 here.

  • The IV International Conference on El Niño Southern Oscillation: ENSO in a warmer Climate, 16-18 October 2018, Guayaquil, Ecuador. Submit an abstract by 30 April 2018 here.

  • The Fourth Xiamen Symposium on Marine Environmental Sciences, 6-9 January 2019, Xiamen, China. Submit a session proposal by 30 April 2018. Details here

Cryosphere and ATmospheric CHemistry (CATCH) news

CATCH has formed its first scientific steering committee.

Read more about the new steering committee, the mission and vision statement, upcoming community events, and past newsletters on the new CATCH website here.

The second version of GEOTRACES Intermediate Data Product

This new data product expands on the collection of results from the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, released in 2014, and adds newer data from the Pacific and Southern Oceans. It contains trace elements that serve as micronutrients, tracers of continental sources to the ocean (e.g. aerosols and boundary exchange), contaminants (e.g. Pb and Hg), radioactive and stable isotopes used in paleoceanography, and a broad suite of hydrographic parameters used to trace water masses. In addition, it provides biological data, for the first time.

Download the data here.


The new LDEOv2017 Database

The new LDEOv2017 Database was published. Approximately 13.0 million measurements of surface water pCO2 made over the global oceans during 1957-2017 have been processed to make a uniform data file in this Version 2017. Measurements made in open oceans as well as in coastal waters are included. The data assembled include only those measured using equilibrator-CO2 analyzer systems, and have been quality-controlled based upon the stability of the system performance, the reliability of calibrations for CO2 analysis and the internal consistency of data.

More information here.

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  • Upcoming events
    • International Indian Ocean Science Conference 2018, 18-23 March 2018, Jakarta, Indonesia. More information here.

    • EGU General Assembly 2018, 8-13 April 2018, Vienna, Austria. More information here.

    • Ecosystem Assessment for the Southern Ocean International Conference, 9-13 April 2018, Hobart, Australia. More information here.

    • TPOS 2020 workshop on Bridging Sustained Observations & Data Assimilation, 1-3 May 2018, Boulder, CO, USA. More information here.

    • The 3rd GEO Data Providers Workshop, 2-4 May 2018, Frascati, Italy. More information here.

    • 2018 GEWEX Open Science Conference Extremes and Water on the Edge, 6-11 May 2018, Canmore, Alberta, Canada. More information here.

    • The 3rd Open Science Symposium on Western Pacific Ocean Circulation and Climate, 8-10 May 2018, Qingdao, China. More information here.

    • Gordon Research Conference on 'Towards a Global Representation of the Impact of Ocean Mixing Processes on Large Scale Circulation', 3-8 June 2018, Andover, NH, USA. More information here.

    • POLAR2018 Conference, 15-26 June 2018, Davos, Switzerland. More information here.

    • The 2018 OCB Summer Workshop, 25-28 June 2018, Woods Hole, MA, USA. More information soon here.

    • IOCCG Summer Lecture Series 2018 'Frontiers in Ocean Optics and Ocean Colour Science', 25 June-7 July 2018, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France.  More information here.

    • The 7th international Ra-Rn workshop, 2-6 July 2018, Delmenhorst, Germany. More information here.

    • The International Meeting on Marine Research 2018, 5-6 July 2018, Peniche, Portugal. More information here.

    • Gordon Research Conferences on Ocean Biogeochemistry, 8-13 July 2018, Hong Kong, China. More information here.

    • Biogeochemical Float Workshop, 9-13 July 2018, Seattle, USA. More information soon.

    • Workshop on 'Introduction to the Awesome OCIM', 12 August 2018, MIT campus, Boston MA, USA. Register here.

    • PAGES' Ocean Circulation and Carbon Cycling: Ocean circulation and carbon cycling during the last deglaciation: global synthesis, 6-9 September 2018, Cambridge, UK. More information here.

    • PALSEA2-QUIGS joint meeting on 'Climate, ice sheets and sea level during past interglacial periods', 24-27 September 2018, Galloway, New Jersey, USA. More information here.

    • The 2018 joint 14th iCACGP Quadrennial Symposium and 15th IGAC Science Conference, 25-29 September 2018, Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan. More information here.

    • Ocean Optics Conference XXIV, 7-12 October 2018, Dubrovnik, Croatia. More information here.

    • The 6th Argo Science Workshop, 22-24 October 2018, Tokyo, Japan. More information soon.

    • The 8th China-Japan-Korea IMBeR Symposium, 29-31 October 2018, Shanghai, China. More information here.

    • Conference on 'SPERA 2018: Bringing Environmental Radioactivity Research to Western Australia', 6-9 November 2018, Perth, Western Australia. More information soon here.

    • Joint GEOTRACES/PAGES Workshop on 'Trace element and isotope proxies in paleoceanography: A synthesis workshop', 3-5 December 2018, Aix-Marseille, France. More information will be available in early 2018 here.
  • Published literature

    • The book on 'Sustaining Ocean Observations to Understand Future Changes in Earth's Climate' is available for online reading here

    • The Canadian BGC Argo workshop report on 'Taking the Ocean’s Pulse: A Vision for the Canadian Biogeochemical Argo Program' has been released. Read the report here.

    • A new IGAC TOAR article on 'Assessment of global-scale model performance for global and regional ozone distributions, variability, and trends' has been published. View the article here.

    • A featured BGC-Argo article on 'Ocean hotspots of nitrogen loss' has been published in Nature. Read the article here.

    • A joint special edition on 'Sea Level Rise' was released by CLIVAR and US CLIVAR. Read it here.

  • Funding opportunities

    • Apply the EarthCube Early Career Travel Grant by 15 March 2018 here.

    • OCB will support up to five U.S. students or postdocs to participate in 2018 Cornell Summer Satellite Remote Sensing Training Program (June 4-15, 2018, Ithaca NY), including tuition, travel, and housing expenses. Submit an application by 15 March 2018 to here.

    • Seed funding to support the IMBeR's Climate Impacts on Top Oceanic Predators (CLIOTOP) Task Teams. Submit a proposal by 16 March 2018. Guidelines here.

    • The Institute for Pacific Coral Reefs (IRCP) and the CRIOBE (Centre for Island Research and Environmental Observatory) Grant 2018 for young scientists to conduct research projects focused on the coral reefs of French Polynesia. Apply by 31 March 2018. Details here.

    • NSF grant for ICES travel support has some funds available for YoungScientists with accepted abstracts for the ICES-PICES 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans (Washington, DC, June 4-8). Submit an application by 20 April 2018. More information here.

    • EuroMarine calls for proposals for Foresight Workshops and EuroMarine Working Groups. Submit a proposal by 31 May 2018. Details here.
  • Miscellaneous

    • World Data Service for Paleoclimatology: New requirements for contributors since 1 March 2018. More details here.

    • A SCOR Working Group, RiO5, has created an on-line radiochemical "cookbook" that may be of interest to the GEOTRACES community. Browse and download the latest and greatest "recipes" here

    • A new PAGES Working Group on Cycles of Sea-Ice Dynamics in the Earth system was launched in Feb 2018. More information here.

    • The EU-funded Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium (ARICE) Project was launched in January 2018. More information here.

    • Call for nominations for the iCACGP Paul Crutzen Award for early career scientists 2018. Details here.

  • Flick though some newsletters

    • Biogeochemical-Argo NEWS Issue 4 here
    • CLIVAR Bulletin February 2018 here
    • EuroMarine E-news Summary - Digest 77 - 7 March 2018 here
    • IGAC eBulletin March 2018 here
    • Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry eNewsletter, March 1 2018 here
    • PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2018, no. 3 here


SOLAS International Project Office
GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Xiamen University, China

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