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SCAR XXXIV WP18b: SOOS External Review Report
Presentation: pdf Agenda Item 4.3.3 (1.94 MB)
The Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) is an international initiative with the mission to facilitate the collection and delivery of essential observations on dynamics and change of Southern Ocean systems to all international stakeholders (researchers, governments, industries), through design, advocacy and implementation of cost-effective observing and data delivery systems. SOOS was established in 2011 and is sponsored by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), both interdisciplinary bodies of the International Council for Science (ICSU).
In an effort to help shape the direction of SOOS’ activities and to review its progress, SCAR and SCOR have facilitated a review of SOOS, mainly through its past achievements and the Implementation Plan released early in 2016. This review hopes to ensure that the SOOS strategy moves forward effectively and produces needed results, and also help to gauge the value of SOOS to the sponsoring organizations and identify areas for improvement.