ATCM XXXV and CEP XV 2012, Hobart, Australia
IP002: The Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS)
The Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) was launched in August 2011 with the mission to coordinate and expand the efforts of all nations that gather data from the Southern Ocean. A specific aim is to develop a coherent and efficient observing system that will deliver the observations required to address key scientific and societal challenges. This paper outlines the scientific challenges and objectives of SOOS, the sponsorship, endorsement and support that it receives and activities and milestones of the initiative.