Amundsen and Bellingshausen Sector Working Group



The Amundsen and Bellingshausen Sector Working Group will assist delivery of coordinated and, where possible, standardised observations of essential physical, chemical and biological variables in the Amundsen and Bellingshausen Sector in the Southern Ocean in support of SOOS objectives. 

The WG is open for involvement to anyone working in the Amundsen sean and Bellingshausen region. Contact Anna Wåhlin, Tae-Wan Kim, Bastien QuestePovl Abrahamsen or Patricia Yager to register your interest.


Current WG Activities

Information coming soon


The working group (WG) will fulfil the following terms of reference over the next 5 years:

  1. Develop and enable regional-scale observing in the Amundsen and Bellingshausen seas using SOOS best practice for observing system.
  2. Identify and assemble legacy data sets and sampling techniques of ships and stations in the Amundsen and Bellingshausen sector of the Southern Ocean in order to provide best practice sampling protocols for physical, chemical and biological parameters to enable their standardisation. Sampling approaches and recommendations will be made available on the SOOS Web site.
  3. Based on the experience in the the Amundsen and Bellingshausen seas, identify gaps and bottlenecks in the observation systems and contribute to SOOS in addressing these issues. Facilitate co-ordinated and, where possible, multidisciplinary (physical, chemical and biological) observations of the the Amundsen and Bellingshausen sector of the Southern Ocean. Plans, operations and meta-data will be made available on the SOOS web site to help collaboration amongst the international community.
  4. Facilitate and, when needed, develop procedures to achieve efficient sharing of data across the science community according to SOOS data policy.
  5. Convene focussed sessions at national and international meetings, including SCAR and SCOR, and Facilitate synthesis products, to increase the awareness of the science community to the importance of the Amundsen and Bellingshausen seas.
  6. Provide support to International Program Office (IPO) by providing annual reports to be available at the SOOS SSC annual meeting, as well as providing content for the IPO website/newsletters on the activities and outcomes of the Amundsen and Bellingshausen sector working group.
  7. Develop a funding plan to sustain the Working Group activities.
  8. Have products coming out of the WG acknowledge SOOS.


This WG is open to all interested participants, please contact the Co-Chairs if you wish to be involved. This working group is currently building membership

Name Affiliation Nationality Expertise WG Role
Anna Wåhlin University of Gothenburg Sweden Physical oceanography Co-Chair
Tae-Wan Kim Korea Polar Research Institute Korea   Co-Chair
Bastien Queste University of East Anglia UK Physical Oceangraphy Co-Chair
Povl Abrahamsen British Antarctic Survey UK Physical Oceangraphy Co-Chair
Patricia L Yager       Co-Chair


Contributing Field and Modeling Activities

Active Projects

Dates Project Principal Investigator
Ongoing The International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC) UK-US
  Robotic Observations and Modelling of the Marginal Ice Zone (ROAM-MIZ) A. Wahlin


Completed Projects

Dates Project Principal Investigator
2014-2018 Towards an improved heat budget for the floating glaciers in Antarctica A.  Wahlin


NameStart DateLocation
Amundsen and Bellingshausen Sector Working Group Workshop08-05-2019Korea Polar Research Institute, Korea
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