SOCCOM and the future of BGC-Argo in the U.S.

Session ID#: 92217

Session Description:
The Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM) program (http:// is a National Science Foundation-funded project (with major additional contributions from NOAA and NASA) that has a primary focus of deploying a large array (~200) of Biogeochemical-Argo profiling floats in the Southern Ocean.  These floats carry oxygen, nitrate, pH, and biooptical sensors (as well as CTD), with all data available in real-time and assimilated into the Biogeochemical-Southern Ocean State Estimate in order to provide closed budgets for BGC processes. SOCCOM is entering its 6th year of funding, and continuation for an additional 4 years has been approved, which supports deployment of 30 floats each year.  In addition to SOCCOM, US BGC-Argo efforts in the equatorial Pacific, California Current, and North Atlantic have been funded.  A Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure proposal to extend the US program globally is presently in review. 

In this Town Hall, we will review past efforts and future plans, with a primary focus on the funded SOCCOM program.The success of the SOCCOM BGC-Argo observing system development rests on strong science goals and funded science analysis - we seek community input on issues ranging from data access to mechanisms to interact with process oriented science projects.

  • HE - High Latitude Environments
  • IS - Ocean Observatories, Instrumentation and Sensing Technologies
  • OB - Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry
  • OC - Ocean Change: Acidification and Hypoxia
Primary Contact:  Roberta M Hotinski, Princeton University, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton, NJ, United States
Presenters:  Jorge L Sarmiento1, Kenneth S Johnson2, Lynne D Talley3, Stephen Riser4, Joellen L Russell5, Matthew R Mazloff3, Heidi M Cullen6 and Roberta M Hotinski7, (1)Princeton University, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program, Princeton, NJ, United States(2)Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, CA, United States(3)Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, United States(4)University of Washington, School of Oceanography, Seattle, WA, United States(5)University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, United States(6)Climate Central, Princeton, NJ, United States(7)Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, United States

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