SOOS Capability Working Groups


Capability Working Groups (CWGs) develop important capabilities for SOOS, such as:

  • Developing and implementing technologies
  • Improving observational design (e.g., identifying key variables), efficiency and coverage
  • Developing associated methods for managing and disseminating information.


Existing Capability Working Groups

Name Co-Chairs Status
Censusing Animal Populations from Space (CAPS) 

- Mark Hindell (AUS)
- Peter Fretwell (UK)

Enhancing Southern Ocean Air-Sea Flux Observations (SOFLUX)

- Sarah Gille (USA)

In development
Ecosystem Essential Ocean Variables (eEOVs)

- Andrew Constable (AUS)
- TBA 

In development
Observing and Understanding the Ocean below Antarctic Sea Ice and Ice Shelves (OASIIS)

- Esmee van Wijk (AUS)
- TBA 

Active, POGO-supported


Propose a new Capability Working Group

To propose a new working group, please follow the process outlined here and download the proposal template here.

The SOOS community has identified several priority topics for development as CWGs:

  • Underwater Acoustics (passive, active, communication)
  • Satellites (algorithms, specific communities, calibration/validation, upcoming missions)
  • System design (observing system simulation experiments, sampling strategies)
  • Ecosystem (EOVS, products to support management, models)
  • Sensor development (in particular, low cost, small, operable on autonomous platforms)
  • Ships of Opportunity (tourist, fishing etc)
  • Under Ice capabilities (under ice Argo, technology, ice cavities, sensors, fluxes)


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