This joint initiative of Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS), Climate and the Cryosphere (CliC), and World Meteorological Organization Polar Space Task Group (WMO PSTG) aims to identify the satellite data requirements for the Southern Ocean (across all temporal/spatial scales) and to compile this information into a community report of Southern Ocean satellite data requirements.
This is a great opportunity to voice your needs, and feed information directly into the strategic planning for future missions. Provide feedback on current data streams, issues with data access, validation issues, gaps in data products, spatial and temporal coverage etc. This survey is open to all Southern Ocean data users, across all data types (air-sea ¬flux, sea ice, biological, physical, etc)
A team was successfully assembled to carry out the summary and report. We organized one conference call to discuss our approach and ideal outcomes. We decided on a timeline, have created an outline for our product, and have assigned tasks as appropriate. Deadlines have been set for early in 2015.
All work should be completed in 2015.
In order to address growing disparities in Polar remote sensing, and in particular to articulate the satellite needs specific to the Southern Ocean, last year SOOS (The Southern Ocean Observing System) and CliC (Climate and the Cryosphere Project) coordinated a community survey to canvas uses of remote sensing and define limitations and recommendations for improvement of Southern Ocean remote sensing.
These survey responses have been brought together into a summary report, which we are now circulating again around the entire Southern Ocean community (both operational and research). Sections of the report include sea ice variables, atmospheric parameters, SST, SSH, SSS, terrestrial cryospheric connections, marine microbes / ocean color, marine biology, surface winds, and more.
We encourage all interested members of the Southern Ocean community to review relevant sections and submit any comments edits by the end of July. We want you, the community, to ensure that the content is complete and that the report’s recommendations are detailed, innovative, and accurate. The aim is that this review will represent the Southern Ocean community’s satellite data needs for the coming decade. It is designed to stand as an important strategy paper that provides the rationale and information required for future strategic planning and investment.
We ask that you use a Google Doc to provide feedback, so that it can be a more collaborative effort (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oCXwPU8ykGYv9h4W0i5lzIqWpcpF0m4JX6MRP6BjEJs/edit?usp=sharing; there is a linked table of contents to make it easier to access your section of interest). However, if you are unable to access the Doc for some reason, please contact us (; subj: Southern Ocean Satellite Report) and we will be able to provide you with a PDF or Word version.
Thank you for taking the time to contribute to this valuable community effort!
Allen Pope, NSIDC/UW - Penelope Wagner, MetNo - Rob Johnson, UTAS - Jenny Baeseman, CliC - Louise Newman, SOOS