WDAC Surface Heat Flux Task team and SOLAS Theme 2 Workshop

May 15-19, 2017 Cargese, France
This workshop is to target SOLAS Theme 2, which deals with the ocean atmosphere exchange of heat, greenhouse gases, momentum, freshwater, and aerosols. The uncertainty in the air-sea exchanges of these constituents constrains our ability to understand and model our changing climate. Accurate quantification of air-sea fluxes is required for forcing ocean models, understanding ocean dynamics, investigating the forcing of variability by the atmosphere and ocean, understanding the ocean’s role in climate variability and change, and assessing the realism of models used for predictions from weather to climate time scales.

More information available soon


SOLAS Workshop on `SOLAS Science and Society`

Oct 26-27, 2016 Brussels, Belgium

The Surface Ocean – Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) project is pleased to announce that a free workshop on the topic of `SOLAS Science and Society` will take place in late October this year. The workshop will bring together researchers in the field of ocean-atmosphere interactions and social scientists.

One of the goals of Future Earth, the newest SOLAS sponsor, is to more tightly couple science and society. This is a rather bold new step for SOLAS scientists, as to date the most intense coupling in our community has been only on the topic of geoengineering. During the SOLAS Open Science Conference in Kiel in September, 2015, a discussion session was held regarding this idea. One aim of the discussion was to identify SOLAS scientists interested in pursuing this integrating effort and some ideas on topics and procedures. The main outcome of the discussion was that there is clear interest within the SOLAS community to participate in joint scientific research with social scientists.

In order to facilitate this process, we have decided to hold a two day workshop focusing on three separate topics:

  • Valuing carbon and the ocean’s role,
  • (In)Forming policy across the air-sea interface, and
  • The shipping industry and air-sea interactions.

See full announcement.


SOLAS in Asia: A Future SOLAS Symposium

Oct 26-28, 2016 Qingdao, China

When we outlook the future of SOLAS, not only in coordination in cross-disciplinary basic research, but also in climate and ecosystem services, challenges remain. Asian countries have made considerable contributions to SOLAS in the broad context of international collaborations, especially in the fields of ocean carbon cycle, air-sea exchange and atmospheric deposition to oceans. Considering Asian countries acting as the world economic engines, SOLAS studies therein should strengthen internal collaborations and pioneer some international collaboration programs to better service future social-economic activities on the earth.

This Future SOLAS symposium aims to foster the exchange of ideas and knowledge between Asian scientists as well as the communication with the international community and to promote collaborations within Asian countries for SOLAS research and activities over the next decade.

Organizer: Ocean University of China


  • National Nature Science Foundation of China (NSFC) 
  • Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, China
  • Key laboratory of Marine Environment and Ecology, Ministry of Education, Ocean University of China
  • State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Sciences, Xiamen Unveirsty, China

Contacts: Xiaohuan Liu (liuxh1983@ouc.edu.cn), Xin Chi (chixin@ouc.edu.cn)

Symposium programme available here.


- last update October2016-



SOLAS/ESA Workshop "Harnessing Remote Sensing to Address Critical Science Questions in the Ocean-Atmosphere Interface"
Jun 13-15, 2015 ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy

A highly successful workshop sponsored by SOLAS and ESA took place 13-15 June 2016 at the ESA facilities in Frascati, Italy. The workshop was based around the topic of “Harnessing Remote Sensing to Address Critical Science Questions in the Ocean-Atmosphere Interface".
A first report is available **here**

A commentary manuscript is now being prepared for the journal Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene and will present to the Earth system science community the new ideas generated at this workshop, including how existing and possibly future remote sensing tools could be used to answer these questions.

SOLAS Open Science Conference 2015

Sep 7-11, 2015 Kiel, Germany
The SOLAS Open Science Conference 2015 was held in Kiel, Germany 7 - 11 September 2015 at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel bringing together over 260 scientists from 35 countries to learn and discuss about the latest developments on biogeochemical-physical air-sea interactions and processes. During plenary talks, discussion sessions and poster presentations participants were able to learn and exchange about cutting edge research in the field and present their own findings.
On Monday 7thSeptember special site events took place as part of the SOLAS Open Science Conference 2015. An all-day meeting of the Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT) and the Surface Ocean pCO2 Mapping Intercomparison (SOCOM)community was attended by around 50 scientist with the highlight of launching the SOCAT version 3. For her dedicated work with SOCAR Dorothee Bakker received a reward during the conference banquet.
The German contribution to SOLAS, the Surface Ocean Processes in the Anthropocene (SOPRAN) project also had its final meeting and published a brochure containing important scientific highlights of the last 9 years.

To strengthen the SOLAS commitment towards capacity building the workshop `The ABC of presenting: Audience-friendly, Brief and Clear` for early career scientist was organized. This workshop was held over two days and helped the early career scientist to further develop their presentations skills.

On the last day of the conference a small `Nordic SOLAS` meeting took place to introduce the visions of Swedish SOLAS and discuss an expansion of the network to include scientists from all Nordic countries.
We also congratulate the winners of the student poster competition Panassa Essowe, Leonie Esters, Margaux Gourdal, Sinnika Lennartz, Mingshuang Sun, Precious Mongwe, Camille Richon, Tianfeng Guo and Alex Zavarsky.

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PICES 2014 Annual meeting 'Toward a better understanding of the North Pacific: Reflecting on the past and steering for the future'

Oct 1-26, 2014 Yeosu, Korea
SOLAS workshop on `SOLAS into the Future: Designing the next phase of the Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study within the context of the Future Earth Program` conveners: Lisa Miller & Yukihiro.


Swedish - SOLAS Science Symposium

August 27-28, 2014 Gothenburg, Sweden
A Swedish-SOLAS Open Science Symposium will be held 27-28 Aug 2014 in Gothenburg,Sweden. Both established and young researchers from Swedish institutions/universities carrying out SOLAS-related science are very welcome to join this event. Registration is required but free of charge. Symposium Website

SOLAS Symposium Day 2014

June 19, 2014 Rehovot, Israel
A SOLAS symposium took place on the 19 June 2014 in Israel in the Lopatie Conference Centre at the Weizmann Institute of Science. It was aimed at interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, insights, and knowledge, between scientists whose work deals with SOLAS related processes. In total 19 talks were given on a broad range of SOLAS topics and the day ended with a poster session. The symposium also marked the beginning of the national network of SOLAS Israel. Symposium Website


SOLAS at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2014

February 23-28, 2014 Honolulu, USA
SOLAS had a strong presence at the 17th Ocean Sciences Meeting 2014. Many sessions during the meeting discussed SOLAS related topics such as for example #005 Air-Sea Gas Exchange and #043 Biogenic Trace Gases In the Surface Ocean: From Source to Flux. One session was also specifically dedicated to SOLAS, the #064 Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS): Advances and Impacts of Ocean Derived Aerosols and  Atmospheric Nutrient Inputs. David Kieber and Bill Miller, former members of the SOLAS Scientific Steering Committee, led this session. During the poster sessions a large number of SOLAS related posters were presented, including one by the SOLAS International Project Office (IPO), which described the goals and functions of the international research initiative that SOLAS is. For the first time SOLAS was present at a booth during a conference. The booth was placed in the exhibition hall of the Ocean Sciences Meeting along with other projects and companies. The booth and SOLAS ́s participation in it was made possible by the support of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR).


Future SOLAS Workshop

Jan 9-10, 2013 Galway, Ireland
On 9-10 January, Brian Ward from the National University of Ireland in Galway with support of the SOLAS International Project Office hosted a successful workshop. Current and former SOLAS Scientific Committee members, early career scientist and IPO staff met to further develop and plan SOLAS in its next phase. Special interest was taken in considering the outcome of the community consultation that took place during the last couple of months in 2013 and the input of the highly constructive early career scientist workshop that took place in early December of last year. Major steps have been accomplished in the layout of Future SOLAS in the context of the current SOLAS scientific sponsors and the Future Earth initiative. A document describing the next phase of SOLAS is well underway, an advanced draft is expected to be ready in late spring/early summer 2014.


Future SOLAS early career scientist workshop

Dec 3-5, 2013 Plymouth, UK
Dr. Tom Bell from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) hosted a very successful workshop to brainstorm on the scientific scope of Future SOLAS. Thirteen bright and highly motivated SOLAS early career scientists from around the world, many of them SOLAS Summer School alumni (< 10 years after PhD), met and constructively brainstormed about the next 10 years of SOLAS. To help place Future SOLAS in the context of the Future Earth initiative, two socio-economists from PML were invited to join them. Together the group defined what ecosystem services mean in terms of Future SOLAS science and identified where the natural and social sciences can work together. The recommendations and outcome of this workshop will feed into a document describing the next phase of SOLAS.
Download a full report about the workshop by Sarah Lawson **here**

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Swedish Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study Workshop

Nov 18-19, 2013, Stockholm, Sweden
About 25 SOLAS scientists from Swedish Institutions met at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. Three SOLAS Scientific Steering Committee members and three representatives of Swedish funding agencies joined them to discuss on how to enhance the engagement of Swedish researchers in SOLAS, in particular in the context of the Future Earth initiative. The participants successfully established a matrix mapping Swedish capacity in relation to the SOLAS broad scientific scope and a list of current members of the Swedish network. They are currently working on providing a complete annual report to SOLAS and setting up collaborations. They also discussed options about having such a workshop annually. This successful workshop was initiated, organised and supported by the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS).


PICES 2013 Annual meeting 'Communicating forecasts, uncertainty and consequences of ecosystem change'

Oct 11-20, 2013 Nanaimo, BC, Canada, http://www.pices.int/
SOLAS co-sponsored the Topic session S4 on The changing carbon cycle of North Pacific continental shelves and marginal seas


SOLAS Summer School 2013

The latest SOLAS Summer School took place in Xiamen, China, from 23 Aug to 2 Sept 2013.

School materials available:

Poster presentation winners 2013:

  • Shlomit Sharoni
  • Hilary Palevsky
  • Young-Shin Kwon
  • Meri Eichner

Best oral presentations 2013 (voted by lecturers):

  • Eva Mayol
  • Natalie Freeman
  • Niel Clark

Best oral presentations 2013 (voted by students):

  • Jana Schneider
  • Marie Philibert
  • Shlomit Sharoni

SOLAS Summer School 2013


PICES Summer School 2013 on Ocean observing systems and ecosystem monitoring

Aug 19-23, Newport, USA
SOLAS is a co-sponsor

SOLAS/IMBER Ocean Acidification Annual meeting 2013

May, Monaco
SOLAS is a co-sponsor


Workshop on 'Towards an integrative regional coupling in the EBUS'

26-27 Nov 2012, Lima, Peru, more here


Workshop on 'the role of marine gel for the emission of primary organic aerosols from the ocean'

11-13 Dec 2012, Kiel, Germany, more here


Workshop on 'HitT- Climate impact of seasalt-derived Cl atoms'

17-19 Dec 2012, Kiel, Germany, more here


SOLAS Open Science Conference 2012

The last SOLAS Open Science Conference took place in Cle Elum, Washington State, USA from 7 to 10 May 2012. The conference was hosted by the local organising committee comprising of David Kieber (USA), Lisa Miller (Canada) and Trish Quinn (USA).
It was attended by over 200 people from 28 countries, including 51 students.

Conference materials and following up reports available below: