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  • Issue 15 of the SOOS newsletter includes calls for nominations for leadership, new SOOS contact form, an overview of upcoming events, and general community news.
  • Issue 14 of the SOOS newsletter includes updates on several key products, an overview of upcoming events, and general community news.
  • SOOS was invited to present at Earth Information Day alongside COP25 in Madrid! Our Co-Chair, Sebastiaan Swart, presented a poster on behalf of SOOS highlighting the current state of the Southern Ocean, and priority gaps in our understanding.
  • An autonomous Sailbuoy deployed in mid-winter as part of the University of Gothenburg-led ROAM-MIZ project has been on a treacherous mission, traversing from the sea-ice edge and is now making its way to Cape Town.

  • All partners of the Southern Ocean Carbon and Heat Impact on Climate (SO-CHIC) project, Southern Ocean, Carbon and Heat Impact on Climate, met for the first time from 13 to 15 November 2019 in Paris, France, for the kick-off meeting of the project.

  • Members of the NECKLACE and RISE initiatives met in Hobart to discuss the coordination of observations and modelling, designed to improve understanding of how the oceans are melting the ice sheets. These SOOS endorsed initiatives have not previously met together.

  • Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Southern Ocean (ICED) is an international multidisciplinary science programme, undertaking circumpolar analyses to understand the response of Southern Ocean ecosystems to change.

  • Seabed 2030 is an ambitious, collaborative global project that aims to bring together all available bathymetric data to produce the definitive map of the world ocean floor by 2030 and make it available to all.

  • Kimberlee Baldry, a PhD student with the Antarctic Gateway Partnership and IMAS, UTas, has been granted a SCAR Fellowship to improve the applicability and usability of Southern Ocean BCG-Argo.

  • Updates from the SOOS Executive Officer, including a call for nominations for the Scientific Steering Committee, Regional Working Group leadership and SOOS's new contact management system.

  • DMSC welcomes a new co-chair and two new members.

  • Next WAPSA Regional Working Group Workshop will be held as a side meeting at SCAR2020 on 1st August 2020, in Hobart, Australia.
  • Antarctic ice seals are the most abundant mammals in the Southern Ocean, but surprising little is known about their populations or distribution. 

  • It has been a long time between newsletter issues so there is a lot to report! The SOOS community and Project Office have been very busy in 2019!

  • The Second Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration hosted SOOS for a week in May 2018 for three annual meetings and a Southern Ocean modelling workshop.

  • The Observing System Design Working Group is seeking interested participants to assist the mission and enhance collaboration on this important topic.

  • SOOS spends a week at the Korean Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) in May this year for five meetings and workshops.

  • The SOOS annual report for 2018 highlights the progress made against each of the SOOS Objectives, and for each of the SOOS Working Groups and Task Teams
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