The Indian Ocean into the UN Decade: Perspectives from an early career engaged in the International Indian Ocean Expedition 2 (IIOE-2)

Ideas and perspectives: Ushering the Indian Ocean into the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (UNDOSSD) through marine ecosystem research and operational services – an early career’s take. By Kumar Nimit. Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Hyderabad, India

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Last seminars of the Regional Graduate Networks of Oceanography (RGNO)

The last two RGNO-Academy Discovery Seminars will take place on the 21st and 28th of June 2021 at 3pm CAT (GMT+2 = Namibian time).
These will be a a compilation of short “showcase presentations” by former and potential RGNO students.
The full program can be found here.
Enter as “Guest”
All subsequent information, the links to the recordings, the rules for speakers, the questions in the Seminar Forum, the weekly zoom link, etc. can be reached from there.
The recordings on YouTube are linked from the RGO page “Seminar Recordings” or by subscribing directly to the “RGNO Benguela Seminar Series”
on YouTube.
Any further questions, please contact:

Happy World Oceans Day!

Happy World Oceans Day to everyone!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the SCOR community and its affiliated organizations and partners for their phenomenal dedication to ocean science.

Through international Working Groups and Large Scale projects, the SCOR community has for more than 60 years, addressed global and multidisciplinary ocean issues.

The SCOR community plans and conducts research, solves methodological and conceptual problems, and builds capacity worldwide. SCOR also promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion in oceans sciences, and encourages and supports involvement of students and early career scientists.

Thank you for your continued support!

IMBeR Programme Review – Take the survey today!

We would really like to hear your views about IMBeR!
The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and Future Earth will be conducting a program review of IMBeR ( aimed at evaluating IMBeR’s major achievements in the last five years, and to help IMBeR to plan for its major activities in the next five years.
We would like to know your opinion about the programme, how you have been involved in it, and hear your ideas about how it may improve.
The survey should take about 10-15 minutes to complete.
Please note that there are two different survey portals, with one being only for participants located in China.
For participants located anywhere except China, please access here:
For participants located in China, please access here:
If you would like a preview of the survey before responding, a PDF document of the survey can be found here.
The survey will be open until 9 July 2021.
Thanks, and looking forward to hearing your thoughts about IMBeR!

The OASIS SCOR Working Group has launched its first newsletter!

The “Observing Air-Sea Interactions Strategy” (OASIS) SCOR WG #162 approved in 2020 has launched its first Newsletter

OASIS is a community working to harmonize observational strategies and develop a practical, integrated approach to observing air-sea interactions through capacity development, leveraging of multi-disciplinary activities, and advancement of understanding.

For more information about OASIS, read their prospectus



Iron at the Air-Sea Interface Workshop

July 26-30, 2021

Cambria Hotel Downtown Asheville in Asheville, NC.

Registration deadline: June 25, 2021

Workshop website:

This workshop is dedicated to an improved understanding of how does bioaccessible LFe (Aerosol labile iron) move across the ocean-atmosphere interface and become bioavailable for uptake in the ocean at scales important for ocean ecosystems and the carbon cycle.

The registration fee is $150 for in-person attendance and $100 for online-only attendance. The payment links below will lead to a Square payment link hosted by the FSU Thalassic Society graduate student organization. A credit card is required to pay the registration fee.

The checkout link for in-person attendance ($150) is: Click here to register.

The checkout link for online-only attendance ($100) is: Click here to register.

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.