Partnerships & Collaborations

International collaborations are a fundamental building block to the success of SOOS. Together we work towards integrated Southern Ocean observations and FAIR data principles in the Southern Ocean.

List of our current partners and collaborateurs


The United Nations proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development from 2021 until 2030 to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health. Based on the Implementation Plan (Version 2.0, July 2021), the Southern Ocean community, including SOOS, engaged in a stakeholder-oriented process to develop a Southern Ocean Action Plan.


The Marine Ecosystem Assessment for the Southern Ocean (MEASO) is an activity aimed at synthesizing the science needed to inform management of Southern Ocean and Antarctic ecosystems. MEASO's goal is to assess long-term status and trends in Southern Ocean biota and foodwebs.

The Polar Data Discovery and Enhancement Research Working Group (POLDER) is a collaboration between the Arctic Data Committee (ADC), Standing Committee on Antarctic Data Management (SCADM), and Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS), to develop the tools and resources to support metadata aggregation and federated search tools to improve the discoverability of polar science data.

The Southern Ocean Region Panel Expert Group (SORP) aims to coordinate the discussion and communication of scientific advances in the understanding of climate variability and change in the Southern Ocean, and advise CLIVAR, CliC, and SCAR on progress, achievements, new opportunities and impediments in Southern Ocean research.

Last modified: 09/Jun/2022/JB