Scientific Steering Committee

The SOOS Scientific Steering Committee has 4 membership types:

1) Executive Committee members (2 x Co-chairs; 2 x Vice Chairs),
2) Scientific Members
3) SOOS Data Committee Co-Chairs
4) Ex-officio representatives (Sponsor representatives, Regional Working Group Co-Chairs)

The EXCOM and Scientific Members are elected to the position by SCAR and SCOR, based on individual merit. Data Committee Co-Chairs and Ex-officio Members sit on the Scientific Steering Committee as nominated by their respective communities.

View the SSC Membership Terms and History here.

Executive Committee

Dr. Sebastiaan Swart (Sweden)

Physical Sciences Co-Chair



Senior Lecturer at the Department of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden


Research areas: Ocean glider technology; complexities, circulation and dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, incorporating remotely sensed satellite data with in-situ hydrographic data.


Dr. Andrew Constable (Australia)

Biological Sciences Co-Chair



Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Antarctic Division and leader of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems "Ecosystem Impacts Program".


Research areas: Development of population, food web and ecosystem models to facilitate studies on ecosystem dynamics and to aid the development of appropriate conservation measures and sustainable fishing limits.


Dr. Mike Williams (New Zealand)

Physical Sciences Vice Chair


National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand


Research areas: Expert in Ocean-Ice interactions



Prof. Oscar Schofield (USA)

Biological Sciences Vice Chair (Rotating off in May 2018)



Professor at Rutgers University and co-founder of the Coastal Ocean Observation Lab (COOL).


Research areas: Influence of climate change on marine ecosystems, the ecology and evolution in marine phytoplankton, and developing technology to support distributed ocean networks.

Dr. Louise Newman (ex-officio SOOS IPO)

SOOS Executive Officer


Executive Officer of the SOOS International Project Office







Scientific Members 

Dr. Parli Venkateswaran Bhaskar (India)


*Rotating off in May 2018*

National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, India

 Research areas: Expert in microbial processes, production, respiration and turnover, microbial food-web, and carbon fluxes



Prof. Dake Chen (China)

dchen2nd Institute of Oceanography, China


Research areas: Polar climate variability, sea-ice prediction, physical oceanography.




Prof. Daniel Costa (USA)



*Rotating off in May 2018*

University of California, USA

 Research areas: Expert in upper trophic levels, marine mammals as oceanographers. Committee member of IMBER.



Dr. Sang Hoon Lee (Korea)

Korean Polar Research Institute (KOPRI), Korea


Research areas: Expert in Microbiology, Leader of the International Amundsen Sea project




Prof. Mauricio Mata (Brazil)


*Rotating off in May 2018*

Federal University of Rio Grande, Brazil

 Research areas: Expert in physical oceanography. Member of WCRP JSC




Prof. Michael Meredith (UK)


*Rotating off in May 2018*

British Antarctic Survey, UK

 Research areas: Expert in large-scale circulation, observing systems and interdisciplinary oceanography. Co-Chair of SOOS from 2011-2014



Dr. Matthew Mazloff (USA)

Scripps Oceanographic Institute, USA


Research areas: Expert in Data Assimilation, Observation System Simulation Experiments



Dr. Burcu Ozsoy (Turkey)


Istanbul Technical University, Turkey


Research areas: Sea-ice geophysics, sea-ice remote sensing, sea-ice observations, ASPeCt representative



Dr. Jean-Baptiste Sallee (France)



Research areas: Expert in Physical Oceanography



Prof. Anya Waite (Germany)


Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany


Research areas: Polar biological oceanography, particle dynamics, nitrogen/oxygen cycling, food-web mapping, genetics of plankton



Data Committee Co-Chairs 

Steve Diggs


Scripps Institution of Oceanography, CLIVAR and Carbon Hydrographic Data Office, USA


Research areas: Expert in Data Management. Co-Chair of SOOS Data Management Committee.


Joana Beja


British Oceanographic Data Centre

Research areas: Expert in Data Management. Co-Chair of SOOS Data Management Committee.


Ex-Officio Representatives

Scientific Committee of Oceanic Research


Dr. Ed Urban

Executive Director





Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research

Dr. Jenny Baesemann

Executive Director






University of Tasmania

Prof. Richard Coleman

Executive Director

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)






International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project

Dr. Maciej Telszewski

Project Director






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