CURRENT NEWS

Scientists on board the RV JCR in the Drake Passage together with an array of gliders that have been deployed.

SOFLUX news in a flash

  • December 2017
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The Southern Ocean Air-Sea Flux Capability Working Group (SOFLUX) is aimed at reducing uncertainties in air-sea and air-sea-ice exchanges.>

The working group has four task teams:

  1. Coordinating in situ observations.
  2. Defining requirements for flux observations.
  3. Providing input to GCOS and GOOS on flux observations.
  4. Coordinating modelling and satellite data synthesis.

Participants are welcome in all SOFLUX activities. In turn, SOFLUX will contribute to all six SOOS Science Themes.

Anyone can sign up to receive SOFLUX news flash emails – they are a great way of staying on top of breaking developments, with updates on observing system activities, meetings with relevant special sessions, and new publications.

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Upcoming meetings

SOFLUX science themes will be the subject of special sessions at two upcoming meetings.

Ocean Sciences Meeting: 11-16 February 2018, Portland, Oregon. Special session: Southern Ocean air-sea exchange and mixed-layer processes. Talks and posters scheduled for Tuesday, 13 February.

Polar 2018: 19-23 June 2018, Davos, Switzerland. Special Session: Atmosphere-Ice-Ocean interactions in the Polar Regions. We anticipate a SOFLUX side meeting before the main meeting.

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Process studies: The ORCHESTRA field program has begun

Ocean Regulation of Climate by Heat and Carbon Sequestration and Transports (ORCHESTRA) is a UK-led field program exploring heat and carbon uptake in the Southern Ocean over a five-year time span.

Field work has started aboard the RV James Clarke Ross, with the deployment on 30 November 2017 of a University of Gothenburg Seaglider, four British Antarctic Survey / NERC Slocum gliders and one University of Newcastle Wave Glider. The gliders, which will operate until February 2018, will be complemented with aircraft flights over the field area. The Meteorological Airborne Science INstrumentation (MASIN) will carry equipment on board for high precision air-sea flux observations.

For more information visit the British Antarctic Survey website.

 

Moored in situ observations

The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Southern Ocean mooring has provided the southern-most moored surface flux observations. The data were initially withheld from the Global Telecommunications System, and entered the GTS in August 2017. Early results showed a clear impact on European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) fields, as reported in this OOI news release.

For budgetary reasons, the Southern Ocean OOI mooring was scheduled to be removed in December 2017, but rough weather meant the flux mooring was left in place, at least for the time being.

You can find the OOI data portal here with full data, separate from the GTS system.

 

Bibliography of recent SOFLUX-relevant publications

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