Ross Sea Working Group



The Ross Sea is one of the most active sectors for Southern Ocean and Antarctic research, and forms a natural region for a working group. The Ross Sea WG will assist delivery of coordinated and, where possible, standardised observations of essential physical, chemical and biological variables in the Ross Sea in support of SOOS.

If you are interested to keep informed of the upcoming activities of this group, please contact Mike Williams or Walker Smith.


Current WG Activities

Information coming soon...



The Ross Sea WG will fulfil the following key objectives over the next 5 years:

  1. Develop and enable regional-scale observing in the Ross Sea using SOOS best practice for observing system in the region.
  2. Identify and assemble legacy data sets and sampling techniques of ships and stations in the Ross Sea in order to provide best practice sampling protocols for physical, chemical and biological parameters to enable their standardization. Sampling approaches and recommendations will be made available on the SOOS Website.
  3. Based on understanding of existing efforts in the Ross Sea, identify gaps and bottlenecks in the observation systems and contribute to SOOS in addressing these issues. Facilitate coordinated and, where possible, multi-disciplinary (physical, chemical and biological) observations of the Ross Sea. 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 Ross Sea.
  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 Ross Sea Working Group.
  7. Develop a funding plan to sustain Working Group activities.
  8. Have products coming out of the WG acknowledge SOOS.
  9. Contribute to international initiatives assessing the state of the Southern Ocean.


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

Name Affiliation Nationality Expertise WG Role
Mike Williams NIWA NZ Oceanography Co-Chair
Walker Smith VIMS USA Oceanography Co-Chair


Contributing Field and Modeling Activities

Active Projects

Dates Project Principal Investigator
2018-2020 Southern Ocean Nanoplankton Response to CO2 (SONAR-CO2) A.S. Rigual Hernandez
2016-2020 Marine Ross Sea Observatory (MORSea) G. Budillon


Completed Projects

Dates Project Principal Investigator
2014-2017 Polyna's, Ice Production and Seasonal Evolution in the Ross Sea (PIPERS) S. Ackley
2010-2013 Terra Nova Bay Research Experiment (T-REx) G. Budillon



NameStart DateLocation
Observing the Ross Sea11-09-2017Shanghai, China
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