This community white paper is an outcome of the OceanObs'09 meeting (Sept 2009, Venice, Italy) and provides an overview of the scientific rationale for a SOOS.
Rintoul, S. & Co-Authors (2010). "Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS): Rationale and Strategy for Sustained Observations of the Southern Ocean" in†Proceedings of OceanObsí09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 2),Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.74