SOOS Endorsement

SOOS endorsement falls under two categories: 1) Research Project Endorsement, and 2) Techno+ Endorsement. Information on both these endorsement categories is available below. Click here for a list of all SOOS Endorsed Projects.

 

Research Project Endorsement

Overview

SOOS provides endorsement for projects and programmes on a number of levels:

  • Individual research projects 
  • Large national and international research projects
  • National and international collaborative and coordination programmes
  • Data Management initiatives

Projects may be either funded or in the process of seeking funding. Click here for a full list of SOOS Endorsed Projects and Programmes. 
 

Benefits

  • Increases the visibility of research (e.g., project listing on website)
  • Provides an international framework for your research, which can help to leverage support and funding
  • Enables close working links with other relevant programmes and studies
  • Enhanced networking and communication
  • Promotes rapid and wide communication of ideas and results through the SOOS network
  • Potential to broaden the range of study (spatially and temporally) through increased availability of complementary information
  • Enhanced scientific value of your project through a cooperative data management approach
 

Guidelines

Endorsement will only be considered if the proposed project meets ALL of the following criteria:

  • Projects should address or contribute to A) General SOOS objectives as outlined in the SOOS Science Strategy, B) At least one of the SOOS Science Themes, and C) An aspect of Data Management that is of key relevance to the SOOS.
  • The data management policy of the policy must align with the SOOS Data Management Policy (to be made available online in August).
  • Acceptance of the general principles and goals outlined in the SOOS Science Strategy.
     

Endorsement Process

Endorsement is achieved through the following process:

  • Download the Request for SOOS Endorsement form. Save the form as a new 'pdf' document before you commence filling it out, and then return your form as an email attachment to the Executive Officer in the SOOS International Project Officer ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).
  • Your request is forwarded to SSC members for assessment.
  • SSC members will review the application and notify the Executive Officer of the decision within 10 working days of receiving the application.
  • The Executive Officer will notify the project leader of the decision within 4 working days of receiving the decision from the reviewing SSC members.

To request endorsement of individual research projects please use the Request for SOOS Endorsement form. For endorsement of a large-scale coordination programme or project, please contact the Executive Officer for details.

Techno+ Endorsement

Overview

An expansion and enhancement towards sustained observations of dynamics and change in the Southern Ocean requires constant efforts within the domain of technological advancement for observing platforms and sensors. A key priority of SOOS is to advocate, guide and spur the international community on the development of new observation technologies adapted for the unique conditions and remoteness associated with the Southern Ocean. 


The Techno+Endorsement category aims to identify and promote emerging technological research and development of observing techniques, platforms and sensors with an emphasis on those that fill priority gaps in capabilities identified by SOOS or other. The endorsement extends from individual R&D projects to large international technological drives, and includes both those that are funded or those seeking funding.

Objectives

  • SOOS to facilitate the cross-cutting linkages between requirements for scientific objectives and how these can filled though technological advancement. SOOS Techno+ will help elucidate the scientific-engineering linkages.
  • SOOS can inform an understanding of feasibility
  • SOOS can assess level of need
  • SOOS identifies key regions for observations, hence it can guide where particular technology is required to be applied 
  • SOOS to provide operational requirements towards the fulfillment of an observing system
  • Identify technological overlap that provides for more scientific gain (sensor to platform, platform to platform, sensor to sensor)
  • Reduce / constrain variation in observational methodologies and technologies – rather towards singular recognised and tested method/technology.
  • Reduce chance of duplication or parallel efforts through information sharing on new technology gains
  • Technological advancements to contribute to SOOS Capability Working Groups / Task Teams as part of its Implementation Plan

Benefits

  • Increases the visibility/identification of R&D research and groups
  • Provides an international framework for your research, which can help to leverage support and funding
  • Enables close working links with other relevant programmes and studies
  • Enhanced networking and communication
  • Promotes rapid and wide communication of ideas and results through the SOOS network. SOOS a go-to place for information on available technology
  • Potential to broaden the range of study (spatially and temporally) through increased availability of complementary information
  • Provide a connection to technology developers (businesses and engineering groups), facilitate connection between developers and end-users
  • Help to bridge commercial efforts with institutes that have shared interests, to facilitate co-funding of development

Guidelines

Endorsement will only be considered if the proposed project meets ALL of the following criteria:

  • Projects that address or contribute to (i) SOOS objectives, (ii) help address SOOS Scientific Theme(s)
  • Project provides at least basic information on technological drive to disseminate to community
  • Provide updates to SOOS when key milestones (i.e. development, completion of trials, or full use for scientific work) are reached

Endorsement Process

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