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Air-Sea Fluxes for the Southern Ocean: Strategies and Requirements for Detecting Physical and Biogeochemical Exchanges


Frascati, Italy, September 21-23, 2015





Air-sea fluxes are a critical link in the climate system, representing the transfer of heat, fresh water, momentum, carbon dioxide, oxygen, and other gases between the ocean and atmosphere. Our present understanding of air-sea fluxes remains limited, particularly in the Southern Ocean with its strong surface to interior connections. Recent developments in in situ observing systems, satellite observations, and coupled assimilation mean that we are now poised to make a significant step forward in quantifying air-sea fluxes. This workshop will bring together investigators focused on Southern Ocean air-sea fluxes (observational and modeling), investigators with global perspective on fluxes, and users of flux products, to prioritize observational needs in terms of impact and feasibility.



The goals of this workshop are to identify observational needs for air-sea fluxes related to oceanic and atmospheric processes, to develop a coherent international strategy for routine observation of surface fluxes, and to articulate requirements in order to nominate air-sea fluxes as Essential Ocean Variables and Essential Climate Variables.  The workshop will

  • assess the current state of air-sea observing flux efforts with a focus on the Southern Ocean and consideration of the global ocean;
  • discuss where the critical gaps are and what current and emerging technology may be used to address them;
  • discuss synergies between the in situ data, satellite data and modeling communities, and how such synergies can be better exploited to mutual benefit; and
  • develop a realistic strategy for improving key flux measurements on a range of timescales. 


Pre-Workshop Meeting Documents

There are a number of documents that will be useful in framing the discussions of the two breakout sessions:

Priority Reading

1) GCOS ECVs are listed here: https://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/gcos/index.php?name=EssentialClimateVariables
2) Paper on the concept of ECVs: http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/gcos/documents/bams_ECV_article.pdf
3) US CLIVAR paper here
4) SOOS Air-Sea Fluxes Working Group proposal (DRAFT)

Optional Reading

1) Draft paper from WCRP data advisory council on data set quality assessment (review comments can be sent to Michel Rixen (mrixen@wmo.int))
2) WMO Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) Implementation Plan
3) Southern Ocean community response to YOPP Implementation Plan 


Poster Presentations

The dimension of your poster should be *60cm (width) x 100 cm (height)* at the maximum, please respect the size and the portrait orientation *(60cm is the width!)* so that all the posters can be fit in the room. Any posters presented in landscape orientation, will not be presented.


Registration and abstract submission are now closed. 


Registration and Abstract Submission

Registration is now closed


Location and Venue

This workshop is hosted by the European Space Agency's Centre for Earth Observation (ESRIN) located just outside of Rome in Frascati.

There are two main options for travel from Rome Fiumicino airport to Frascati:
- Train: From Fiumicino airport to Roma Termini and, then another train from Roma termini to Frascati or to Tor Vergata.
- Taxi: This will cost 75 Euro if booked in advance using this form and faxing or emailing it to the local hosts at esrintravel.office@esa.int

More information on how to get to ESRIN here

Accommodation Options

ESRIN recommends a number of accommodation options. To book at these hotels please use this form and fax or email it to the local hosts at esrintravel.office@esa.int



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