CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel

About Us

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
Inga Smith Co-Chair 2020 University of Otago New Zealand
Riccardo Farneti Co-Chair 2021 ICTP Italy
Katye Altieri Member 2021 University of Cape Town South Africa
Patrick Heimbach Member 2019 University of Texas (Austin) USA
François Massonnet Member 2019 Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium
Alexander Klepikov Member 2019 Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute Russian Federation
Robin Robertson Member 2019 Xiamen University Malaysia Malaysia
David Bromwich Member 2019 Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, Ohio State University USA
Sandra Barreira Member 2020 Argentine Naval Hydrographic Service Argentina
Elisabeth Sikes Member 2020 Rutgers University USA
Karen Assmann Member 2020 University of Gothenburg Sweden
Michiyo Yamamoto-Kawai Member 2021 Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology Japan
Neil Swart Member 2021 Environment and Climate Change Canada Canada
Ronald Souza Member 2021 National institute for Space Research – INPE Brazil
Matt Mazloff Ex officio Ex-officio of SOOS UCSD USA

See also details of Southern Ocean Region panel national representatives.
The ICPO contact for the CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel is Liping.