Introducing the MetaZooGene Atlas and Database

Photos by R.R. Hopcroft and C. Clarke (UAF) and L.P. Madin (WHOI).  See
The SCOR WG157 review paper introducing the MetaZooGene Atlas and Database (MZGdb):
has now been published open access:
Bucklin A, KTCA Peijnenburg, KN Kosobokova, TD O’Brien, L Blanco-Bercial, A Cornils, T Falkenhaug, RR Hopcroft, A Hosia, S Laakmann, C Li, L Martell, JM Questel, D Wall-Palmer, M Wang, PH Wiebe, A Weydmann-Zwolicka (2021) Toward a global reference database of COI barcodes for marine zooplankton. Marine Biology.
This review is a collaborative effort of the Scientific Committee for Ocean Research (SCOR) Working Group WG157: MetaZooGene.
The MetaZooGene Barcode Atlas and Database (MZGdb), includes >150,000 mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase I (COI) sequences for ~5,600 described species of marine zooplankton.
The MZGdb is a reference database for identification of species from DNA barcoding and metabarcoding of pelagic biodiversity, with advanced search functions by ocean region and taxonomic group.

Release of Version 1 of the FeMIPeval Ocean Model Assessment tool via github

SCOR Working Group 151 (FeMIP) is pleased to announce the release of version 1 of the FeMIPeval ocean model assessment tool via this github repository:
FeMIPeval is designed to facilitate the assessment of ocean iron cycle models against GEOTRACES intermediate data product 2017 (IDP2017) via a set of different skill metrics in a systematic manner.
It was developed by Jonathan Rogerson and Marcello Vichi at the University of Cape Town as part of Working Group 151’s activities.
FeMIPeval makes use of climate data operators and netcdf operators to manipulate model output and the GEOTRACES IDP2017 for an assessment code written in Matlab at this time. Users must download the netcdf version of the GEOTRACES IDP2017 separately.
Volunteers willing to port the scripts to other languages are very welcome and ideas/suggestions for further development should be logged as tickets and comments in the github site.

Deadline for applications to the POGO-SCOR Fellowships extended!

The Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) and Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) joint Visiting Fellowship programme for 2021 will be open for applications for a few more days.

The extended deadline for applications is 14 May 2021.

The scheme is designed to promote training and capacity development, leading towards a global observation scheme for the oceans, and is aimed at scientists, technicians, graduate students (preferably PhD) and post-doctoral fellows involved in oceanographic work at centres in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

Priority is given to applicants in the early stages of their career development. The fellowship offers the opportunity to visit other oceanographic centres for a short period (1 to 3 months) for training on aspects of oceanographic observations, analyses, and interpretation. It provides financial support to cover the return airfare from the fellow’s home country to the host institution, and a contribution towards accommodation and subsistence for the period of the visit.

For more information and details on how to apply please see:

Please e-mail should you have any queries and feel free to circulate this announcement to anyone you think might be interested.

Opportunities to contribute and join the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS)

SOOS announces the following opportunities with its Working Groups:

Upcoming Workshop: the Global Biogeochemical Argo Fleet: Knowledge to Action

The Global Biogeochemical Argo Fleet: Knowledge to Action ( workshop will be held virtually over a series of Tuesdays in May (4, 11, 18, 25) and June (1). The workshop will explore the applications of a global data-stream from the Biogeochemical-Argo array in fisheries, carbon budget verification, and environmental forecasting, and will consider needs and perspectives of policy makers, and discussions regarding future support for the array.

Please visit the workshop website ( for more information and to register (it’s free!), and to access a provisional agenda.

Observation of Harmful Algal Blooms with Ocean Colour Radiometry

The International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) and the GlobalHAB programme have published the report on the observation of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) with ocean colour radiometry as IOCCG Report Number 20, 2021.

The report was edited by Stewart Bernard, Raphael Kudela, Lisl Robertson Lain and Grant Pitcher with contributions from more than 20 co-authors.

The report can be found at:

The report is also available through the Ocean Best Practices platform using the doi:

Launching of the Southern Ocean United Nations Decade website!

In the context of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, the initiative is dedicated to setting up a framework that builds on understanding how human interactions with the Southern Ocean can benefit society in ways that will also protect and conserve the unique characteristics of this region. The framework of a Southern Ocean Action plan will be developed by the Southern Ocean Task Force under the coordination of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), with the collaboration of the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS), the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE), among several others.

This framework will allow the Southern Ocean community to inform the UN Decade of Ocean Science on priorities and activities in parallel with the Ocean Decade.

Please visit:

Follow them on Twitter @SODecade to stay up-to-date with their progress.