Southern Ocean Indian Sector Working Group
The Southern Ocean Indian Sector Working Group (SOIS WG) will assist delivery of coordinated and, where possible, long-term standardised observations of essential physical, chemical and biological variables in the Southern Ocean's Indian Sector (SOIS) in support of the Southern Ocean Observing System.
The Working Group is open for involvement to anyone working in the Southern Ocean Indian sector.
Call for Nominations for Leadership Group
The Southern Ocean Indian Sector RWG are inviting nominations for members of the Leadership Group. The Leadership Group drives the activities and strategic oversight of the working group, and should where possible, include a representative from each of the main nations working in the region, and diversity in gender, expertise and career level. We therefore particularly encourage nominations from India, Australia, China, Russia, South Africa, although nominations from researchers of other nations will also be considered. For full Terms of Participation of the Leadership Group, please see here.
The SOIS RWG is currently led by Co-Chairs Tsuneo Odate (Japan) odate[at]nipr.ac.jp and Philippe Koubbi (France) philippe.koubbi[at]sorbonne-universite.fr. If you are interested to nominate for the Leadership Group, please email your CV and a Letter of Interest to the Co-Chairs no later than 16th March 2020.
The working group (WG) will fulfil the following terms of reference over the next 5 years. To see the full terms of references please click here.
Develop and enable regional-scale observing in the Amundsen and Bellingshausen seas using SOOS best practice for observing system.
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.
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.
Facilitate and, when needed, develop procedures to achieve efficient sharing of data across the science community according to SOOS data policy.
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.
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.
Develop a funding plan to sustain the Working Group activities.
Have products coming out of the WG acknowledge SOOS.
Contributing Modelling and Field Activities