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SOCAT version 4 released!
The Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT; www.socat.info) – a synthesis activity by the international marine carbon research community with more than 100 contributors - has just released its Version 4 product! SOCATv4 has 18.5 million quality-controlled, surface ocean fCO2 (fugacity of carbon dioxide) observations with an accuracy of better than 5 μatm from 1957 to 2015 for the global oceans and coastal seas. It is also the first annual release using automated data upload.
Automation of data upload and initial data checks speeds up data submission and allows annual releases of SOCAT from version 4 onwards. SOCAT enables quantification of the ocean carbon sink and ocean acidification and evaluation of ocean biogeochemical models. SOCAT represents a milestone in research coordination, data access, biogeochemical and climate research and in informing policy. You can obtain further details on SOCATv4 from the attached poster handout.
Figure 1: Data flow upon SOCAT automation from data upload, via submission to quality control and release of synthesis products.
To download the synthesis and gridded products of SOCATv4, please navigate to the 4th button on the left hand side of www.socat.info site. Next week the site will also provide access to the online viewers for version 4, to be followed by access to individual data set files.
Please, follow the SOCAT Fair Data Use Statement by generously acknowledging the contribution of SOCAT scientists by invitation to co-authorship, especially for data providers in regional studies.
Also note the key dates for the next annual release:
- Submission of data for version 5 ends 15 January 2017.
- Quality control for version 5 ends 31 March 2017.
2015 Status Report on the Global Climate Observing System published
IOCCP lead the marine biogeochemistry element of the Report which includes all climate-relevant observing capabilities in all three domains globally.
This report (360 pages, 5.5 MB) entitled Status of the Global Observing System for Climate responds to an invitation by the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the thirty third session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) in Cancún, Mexico, in 2010.
The report has been completed under the overall guidance of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Steering Committee with contributions from several panel members and external experts including IOCCP SSG members and associated experts.
The Report assesses the progress made against the actions set out in the GCOS Implementation Plan for the Global Observing System for Climate in Support of the UNFCCC (IP 2010) and it has been submitted to the UNFCCC secretariat in October 2015 for consideration by the Parties at the 43rd session of SBSTA, to be held in conjunction with the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties, in Paris, France in December
This Status Report does not provide actions or plans to address gaps, deficiencies or additional requirements that have been identified: this is the role of the new GCOS Implementation Plan being developed for release and submission to the UNFCCC in 2016. IOCCP has a major role to play there as almost revolutionary progress was made in our observational capacity in terms of marine biogeochemistry and strategic utilization of these technological developments needs to be structured and aligned with the rest of global climate observing system.
One way to get involved in this process could be through active participation in conference Global Climate Observation: the Road to the Future which will be held from 2-4 March 2016 at the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam, Netherlands to allow producers and users of climate observations and other stakeholders the opportunity to discuss the current monitoring of the Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) and to highlight possible new areas for ECVs. These discussions will provide a key input into the new GCOS Implementation Plan .
The 3rd GOA-ON Science workshop will focus on regional hubs, biological EOV's and OA synthesis products
The Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network Executive Council and the Organizing Committee would like to invite you to participate in this focused workshop following the 4th International Symposium on Oceans in a High CO2 World.
You can find the workshop agenda here.
Please also visit the workshop webpage at http://www.highco2-iv.org/workshop-goa-on for all the relevant details including background information, registration procedures, program, travel support and more.
The Organizing Committee would like to thank all our sponsors for helping us make this workshop a reality!
Hope to see many of you in Hobart!
Prof. Fei Chai, University of Maine, USA
Prof. Minhan Dai, Xiamen University, China
Prof. Sam Dupont, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Dr. Richard Feely, NOAA-PMEL, USA
Dr. Kirsten Isensee, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO
Dr. Libby Jewett, NOAA Ocean Acidification Program Director, USA
Dr. Wajih Naqvi, CSIR-National Institution of Oceanography, India
Dr. Jan Newton, University of Washington, USA
Dr. Maciej Telszewski, IOCCP Director, SCOR and IOC-UNESCO
Dr. Bronte Tilbrook, CSIRO, Australia
Dr. Phil Williamson, NERC/University of East Anglia, UK
The GAIC2015 conference
"Sustained ocean observing for the next decade"
A combined GO-SHIP/Argo/IOCCP conference on physical and biogeochemical measurements of the water column
14-18 September 2015
The conveners have great pleasure in announcing a science meeting to bring together participants in GO-SHIP, Argo and IOCCP, with the particular purpose of reviewing and stimulating further research that exploits the synergies among the sponsoring programs. The conference website highlights some science themes that span the programs, and some questions that might be addressed during the conference. Ultimately the scope and content of the conference will be determined around the abstracts submitted.
Information on abstracts submission, registration, venue, accommodation, travel, program and more will be posted on the website as it becomes available. The number of registrations will be limited to 170, so early registration is recommended when registration and abstract submission open in February 2015.
Please feel free to advertise the conference widely in your institutions and among colleagues in related research programs.
The conference web site can be found here:
If you would like to receive email reminders of key dates or other conference news, then register your interest here:
We hope to see many of you in Galway!
Organizing and Program Committee
Brian King <b.king|at|noc.ac.uk>
Elaine McDonagh <elm|at|noc.ac.uk>
Richard Feely <Richard.A.Feely|at|noaa.gov>
Howard Freeland <Howard.Freeland|at|dfo-mpo.gc.ca>
Nicolas Gruber <nicolas.gruber|at|env.ethz.ch>
Gregory Johnson <gregory.c.johnson|at|noaa.gov>
Megan Scanderbeg <mscanderbeg|at|ucsd.edu>
Toste Tanhua <ttanhua|at|geomar.de>
Maciej Telszewski <m.telszewski|at|ioccp.org>
Rik Wanninkhof <rik.wanninkhof|at|noaa.gov>
Local organization is provided by the Marine Institute, Galway.
Mick Gilooly <Mick.Gillooly|at|Marine.ie>
Glenn Nolan <Glenn.Nolan|at|Marine.ie>
Deirdre Fitzhenry <Deirdre.Fitzhenry|at|Marine.ie>
2015 Inter-comparison study of Certified Reference Material for Nutrients in Seawater
The report from this activity is available for download HERE, and can also be viewed online below.
The oceanographic community has continued to improve comparability of nutrient data from the world's oceans in many ways, including through 3 international inter-laboratory comparison studies since 2003 and the development of nutrient reference materials (RMs). However, adequate comparability and traceability of nutrient data have not yet been achieved.
Certified reference materials, CRMs, for nutrients in seawater that cover wide range of nutrients concentration became available in 2014. IOCCP and Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) co-organized an inter-laboratory comparison study of nutrients in seawater using: four lots of recently certified reference materials (CRMs) prepared by KANSO, Japan; three CRMs by National Metrology Institute of Japan; one recently developed reference material (RM) from the Korean Institute of Standards (KIOST), and the silicate stock solution provided by the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ).
A set of samples was distributed to all 71 participating laboratories from 28 countries. Results from 54 participating laboratories were collected as of 30 June 2015 deadline. A few more participants informed the organizers about short delays in data analysis. Detailed results are described in the report.
SOCAT version 3 released! Data submission deadline for SOCAT v4 on 31 January 2016
SOCAT version 3 was released on 7 September 2015 during the
SOCAT-SOCOM community event event
preceding the SOLAS Open Science Conference in Kiel, Germany.
SOCAT version 3 contains 14.5 million fCO2 data from 3630 data sets for global oceans and coastal sease. The decadal distribution of data is shown on the figure below. This release for the first time includes well-calibrated sensor data.
The data are available for download as recalculated fCO2 in individual cruise files, as concatenated synthesis files, and as gridded fCO2 means. In addition to the recalculated fCO2 data, the original CO2 data, as reported by the data provider, are available in the individual cruise files. All data sets and data products are citable using DOIs (digital object identifiers). Interactive, online Data Viewers enable easy interrogation and visualization of the SOCAT products. The SOCAT products can be downloaded in a variety of formats, including in Ocean Data View format.
The SOCAT website provides access to all version 3 products and tools as downloadable files and interactive data viewers.
Decadal distribution of quality controlled surface water fCO2 observations in SOCAT version 3.
Data submission deadline for SOCAT version 4 is 31 January 2016
SOCAT impact and scientific findings
SOCAT represents a milestone in research coordination, data access, biogeochemical and climate research and in informing policy. SOCAT data was used in more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications since the release of version 1 in 2011. Subjects include year-to-year variability in the global ocean carbon sink, magnitude of carbon sink in coastal and marginal seas, evaluation of CMIP models and ocean acidification research. Go to SOCAT website for the most up-to-date list of these publications. SOCAT also informs the annual Global Carbon Budget.
We hope that you will (continue to) participate in regular SOCAT releases as data provider, data quality controller or data user!
WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin reports on Ocean Acidification
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has published its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin on 9 September 2014. The bulletin reports on atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases remaining in the atmosphere after the emitted gases go through a complex system of interactions between the atmosphere, the terrestrial biosphere and the ocean. For the first time, the bulletin includes data on ocean acidification of the seas caused by carbon dioxide. IOCCP leaders, Toste Tanhua (IOCCP Chair), Laura Lorenzoni (IOCCP expert for time series observations) and Masao Ishii (IOCCP expert for ocean interior observations) co-authored the OA section with colleagues from IAEA.
The Bulletin attracted significant media attention worldwide. The original WMO press release can be accessed here.
Global Budgets for Carbon and Methane for 2013 and Global Carbon Atlas available
The Global Carbon Project has published the Global Carbon Budget 2013. As usual you can read the highlights of new findings, look at the Power Point presentation with extended graphical analysis, download original paper, look at data sources and more.
This year the GCP has launched the new Global Carbon Atlas, an online interactive platform with distinctive tools to delivery carbon information to i) educators and the broader public, ii) policy makers, NGOS, and the broad corporate community involved in climate change discussions, and iii) the research community. Your feedback on the usefulness, ways to improve it, and involvement will be highly appreciated!
Finally, a new consortium of scientists and institutions under the umbrella of the Global Carbon Project has recently released a new synthesis of the Global Methane Budget and trends of natural and anthropogenic sources and sinks over the past three decades. As with the Carbon Budget, you will find a summary of highlights and an extended visual aids for download from the GCP website.
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