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 SOIS WG is open for involvement to anyone working in the Indian Sector region. Contact Andrew Constable, Tsuneo Odate or Philippe Koubbi to register your interest.


Current WG Activities

Information coming soon



SOIS will fulfil the following key objectives over the next 5 years:

  1. Develop and enable regional-scale observing encompassing the six themes of SOOS in the SOIS using SOOS best practice for the observing system.
  2. Identify and assemble legacy data sets and sampling techniques of ships and stations in the SOIS in order to provide best practice sampling protocols for parameters to enable their standardization, which may include adoption of standards from other international programs. Sampling approaches and recommendations will be made available on the SOOS Web site.
  3. Based on the experience in the SOIS, identify gaps and bottlenecks in the observation systems and contribute to SOOS in addressing these issues. Facilitate co-ordinated observations between different nations in the region and, where possible, facilitate coordinated multi-disciplinary (physical, chemical and biological) observations. Plans, operations and meta-data will be made available on the SOOS web site to help collaboration amongst the international community.
  4. Facilitate and, when needed, develop procedures to achieve efficient sharing of data across the science community according to SOOS data policy.
  5. 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 SOIS.
  6. 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 Indian Sector Working Group.
  7. Develop a funding plan to sustain the Working Group activities.
  8. Have products coming out of the WG acknowledge SOOS.
  9. Contribute to and liaise, as practical, with international initiatives relevant to assessing the state of the SO and its interrelationships with neighbouring oceans and the globe more generally.


This WG is open to all interested participants, please contact the Co-Chairs if you wish to be involved.

Name Affiliation Nationality Expertise WG Role
AAD, ACE CRC AUS Ecosystem observations and modelling Co-Chair, SOOS SSC Sponsor
T. Odate NIPR Japan Biology Co-Chair
P. Koubbi UPMC France Biology Co-Chair
M. Moteki TUMSAT Japan Biology Member
T. Tamura NIPR Japan Oceanography/Ice sheet Member
K. Mizobata TUMSAT Japan Oceanography Member
K. Takahashi NIPR Japan Biology Member
R. Makabe NIPR Japan Biology Member
K. Shimada TUMSAT Japan Oceanography Member
S. Alexander AAD, ACE CRC Australia Atmosphere Member
D. Bergstrom AAD Australia Micro-plastics Member
M. Exel Austral Fisheries Australia Fishing Industry Member
M. Hindell IMAS Australia Biology Member
A. Klekociuk AAD, ACE CRC Australia Atmosphere Member
R. Massom AAD, ACE CRC Australia Sea ice Member
C. McMahon IMOS, SIMS Australia Biology Member
K. Meiners AAD, ACE CRC Australia Sea ice Member
A. Post GA Australia Benthic habitats Member
K. Swadling IMAS, ACE-CRC Australia Biology Member
R. Trebilco ACE CRC Australia Modelling/Biology Member
T. Trull CSIRO, ACE CRC Australia Biogeochemistry Member
J. van den Hoff AAD Australia Micro-plastics Member
P. Koubbi UPMC France Biology Member
D. Antoine LOV France Remote Sensing Member
A. Baudena UPMC France Oceanography Member
S. Blain UPMC France Biogeochemistry Member
C. Bost CNRS France Biology Member
T. Boulinier CNRS France Biology Member
J. B. Charrassin CNRS France Biology Member
H. Claustre LOV France Remote Sensing Member
C. Cotté LOCEAN France Acoustics Member
K. de Lord CNRS France Biology Member
F. d'Ovidio CNRS France Biogeochemistry Member
C. Giraldo MNHN France Biology Member
C. Guinet CNRS France Biology Member
C. lo Monaco LOCEAN France Oceanography Member
Y. Ropert-Coudert CNRS France Biology Member
J. B. Sallee LOCEAN France Oceanography Member
H. Weimerskirch CNRS France Biology Member
J. Shi OUC China Oceanography Member
G. Zhu SHOU China Biology Member
N. Anilkumar ESSO-NCAOR India Biology Member
R. Mishra NCAOR India Biology Member
N. D'Adamo IOE-2 IOC IOE-2 Member


Contributing Field and Modeling Activities


NameStart DateLocation
SOOS Indian Sector Working Group Workshop12-08-2017Hayama, Kanagawa, Japan
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