CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel

About Us

Members of the CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel at their 9th session - 14-15 July 2014, The Hague, The Netherlands


The Southern Ocean Region Panel is cosponsored by the World Climate Research Programme's the Climate and Ocean: Variability, Predictability and Change (CLIVAR) and the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) projects, and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) programme.


Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference of the CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel are:

"To serve as a forum for the discussion and communication of scientific advances in the understanding of climate variability and change in the Southern Ocean. To advise CLIVAR, CliC, and SCAR on progress, achievements, new opportunities and impediments in internationally-coordinated Southern Ocean research."

Specific Activities:

1.      Facilitate progress in the development of tools and methods required to assess climate variability, climate change and climate predictability of the ocean-atmosphere-ice system in the Southern Ocean.

2.      Identify opportunities and coordinated strategies to implement these methods, spanning observations, models, experiments, and process studies.

3.      Provide scientific and technical input into international research coordination, collaborating as required with other relevant programs, including the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS).

4.      Monitor and evaluate progress in Southern Ocean research, and identify gaps.

5.      Enhance interaction between the meteorology, oceanography, cryosphere, geology, biogeochemistry and paleoclimate communities with an interest in the climate of the Southern Ocean.

6.      Work with relevant agencies on the standardization, distribution and archiving of Southern Ocean observations.

Southern Panel Members

Name Role Institute Country
Lynne Talley Co-Chair 2015 Scripps Institution of Oceanography USA
Alberto Naveira Garabato Member 2015 National Oceanography Centre UK
Isabelle Ansorge Member 2016 University of Cape Town South Africa
John Fyfe Member 2016 Environment Canada Canada
Katsuro Katsumata Member 2016 JAMSTEC Japan
Alberto Piola Member 2016 Servicio de Hidrografia Naval Argentina
Joellen Russell Member 2016 University of Arizona USA
Jiuxin Shi Member 2016 Ocean University of China China
Ben Galton-Fenzi Member 2017 ACE-CRC Australia
Kenny Matsuoka Member 2017 Norwegian Polar Institute Norway
Patrick Heimbach Member 2017 University of Texas (Austin) USA
Inga Smith Member University of Otago New Zealand
François Massonnet Member 2017 Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium