Frontiers in Ocean Observing: Documenting Ecosystems, Understanding Environmental Changes, Forecasting Hazards

Oceanography has published a supplement on ocean observing, entitled “Frontiers in Ocean Observing: Documenting Ecosystems, Understanding Environmental Changes, Forecasting Hazards.” Articles in this collection describe new technologies and reveal some exciting results that advance our understanding of the world ocean and its resources and support its sustainable use and management. Topics covered in the supplement align with the priorities of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030) in the following areas: (1) Ocean-Climate Nexus, (2) Ecosystems and Their Diversity, (3) Ocean Resources and the Economy Under Changing Environmental Conditions, (4) Pollutants and Contaminants and Their Potential Impacts on Human Health and Ecosystems, and (5) Multi-Hazard Warning Systems. The sixth and closing chapter describes several exciting new ocean observing technologies.
The supplement contains several articles related to marine biogeochemistry observations, including contributions from IOCCP SSG and Office members.

Regional Networks in Oceanography – Launching the Course 2022

The 7th African Discovery Camp for Research-Based Training on the Sustainable Use and Scientific Management of Marine Ecosystems (RGNO 2022) in Namibia will take place between March 27 and April 29, 2022.

Deadline for registration: January 31, 2022

More information on the course and how to apply in this POSTER

Dr. Margit Wilhelm, Head of SANUMARC, has been named the new representative of UNAM in the RGNO organizing team. The course will follow the same presentation mode as during last year’s seminar series. Seminar attendance is invited and so are presenters (lectures).
The timeline can be found on the “course plan” available in the folder (use “Guest access”):
The following addresses direct you via “Guest Access” to …


Call for nominations for experts to the Global Bathymetry Chart Guiding Committee

The General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) operates under the joint auspices of the IOC and the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). It involves a group of international experts in seafloor mapping who are working together to develop a range of bathymetric data sets and data products for scientists and resource managers.

More information about the call at:

Deadline for nominations: 11 January 2022

The 8th International Symposium on Gas Transfer at Water Surfaces

Date: 17-20 May 2022

Location: Plymouth, UK and online

Deadline for abstract submission and financial support application: 21 January 2022, 23:59 GMT

The 8th International Symposium on Gas Transfer at Water Surfaces (GTWS) is co-sponsored by SOLAS. The event focuses on physicochemical and biogeochemical processes that govern atmosphere-water gas exchange and fluxes, which include turbulence, shear, breaking waves, bubbles and natural and anthropogenic surfactants.

More information at:


Dr. Daniel Weihs, Chair of the SCOR Israel Committee, appointed Fellow of the Marine Biological Association of the UK

With great pleasure we announce that Daniel Weihs, has been appointed a Fellow of the Marine Biological Association of the UK (MBA).

Daniel Weihs is a Distinguished Professor at Technion faculty of Aerospace Engineering, head of The Technion Autonomous Systems Program, member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Foreign Member  of the US National academy of Engineering, Fellow of the American Physical Society, Chairman of the Israel inter-university Marine Science Institute at Eilat, and the Chair of the SCOR Israel National Committee.

The MBA is the World’s oldest Learned Society covering all aspects of the marine life sciences and “being accepted as a Fellow of the MBA is a significant honour, with the award only being granted to those who have made a contribution to the field of marine biology at the highest level.”

Congratulations Danny!

Fangli Qiao, President of the SCOR China-Beijing Committee appointed to the Ocean Decade Advisory Board

Fifteen experts were appointed to the new multi-stakeholder Ocean Decade Advisory Board to advise UNESCO-IOC in coordinating the UN Ocean Decade 2021-2030.

Dr. Fangli Qiao, President of the SCOR China-Beijing Committee has been appointed as one of the fifteen experts conforming the Ocean Decade Advisory Board.

Dr. Fangli Qiao is an Academician at the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences and editor-in-chief of Ocean Modelling. He is Chair Professor of Physical Oceanography and the Deputy Director General of the First Institute of Oceanography (FIO), Ministry of Natural Resources of China. His research interests cover ocean and climate model development, ocean dynamics, turbulence and air-sea interaction. He established the non-breaking surface wave-induced mixing (Bv) theory and discovered the Bv generation mechanism through wave-turbulence interaction. He developed the first-ever new generation of fully coupled surface wave-tide-circulation ocean model (FIO-COM) as well as the coupled atmosphere-ocean-wave typhoon/hurricane model (FIO-AOW). Dr. Qiao was member of the Ocean Decade’s Executive Planning Group and then Decade Advisory Board; he is also co-chair of IOC/WESTPAC. He has received numerous academic awards and has over 380 publications in peer-review scientific journals.

More information about the Ocean Decade Advisory Board here



A roadmap for an open-access Global Ocean Oxygen Database and ATlas (GO2DAT) is now available!

A new paper by Marilaure Grégoire and other 56 collaborators from 45 institutions in 22 countries including eight members of the International Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP) outline the need for a coordinated international effort toward the building of an open-access Global Ocean Oxygen Database and ATlas (GO2DAT) complying with the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). The aim is to fully harness the increasing volumes of oxygen data already delivered and in anticipation of much higher quantities of data from autonomous platforms in the open ocean and coastal areas.

These comprehensive data synthesis products will support the development of climate and ocean health indicators allowing for knowledge-based decision-making processes aimed at sustaining a healthy, productive and resilient ocean as prioritized by international policies and initiatives (e.g., UN SDG 14, the EU MFSD, the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development) associated with the emerging blue economy, the conservation of marine resources and their associated ecosystem services and the development of management tools required by a diverse community of users (e.g., environmental agencies, aquaculture and fishing sectors).

Grégoire, M., Garçon, V., Garcia, H., Breitburg, D., Isensee, K., Oschlies, A., et al. (2021). A Global Ocean Oxygen Database and Atlas for Assessing and Predicting Deoxygenation and Ocean Health in the Open and Coastal Ocean. Front. Mar. Sci. 8, 724913. doi:10.3389/fmars.2021.724913.