We would like to welcome Mauricio Mata to the Climate and Cryosphere community. Mauricio will join James Renwick as our liaisons to the WCRP Joint Science Committee.  We look forward to working with Mauricio and hope you will join us in welcoming him to the CliC community.
 
Mauricio is Associate Professor of Physical Oceanography at the Federal University of Rio Grande-FURG, Rio Grande, Brazil, where he has been since 1992. He received his PhD in Oceanography at the Flinders University of South Australia, in Adelaide, working jointly at the CSIRO Marine Labs in Hobart, Australia. His research interests and teaching activities have been associated with physical oceanography, modelling and remote sensing of meso/large-scale oceanic processes in the South Atlantic, South Pacific and Southern Oceans. He has been deeply involved in water mass analysis and western boundary currents research, including remote sensing and in-situ expeditions to several open ocean environments. Most of his work uses observations spanning from in-situ classical methods to satellite remote sensing. Prof. Mata has participated in several expeditions to the Southern Ocean and is currently interested in Southern Ocean dense water mass formation and export; long-term trends and hydrographic variability around Antarctica; the South Atlantic and Southern Ocean contribution to the Meridional Overturning Circulation; and Paleoceanography. Currently, he is a member of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Joint Science Committee, part of the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) Science Steering Committee, deputy chair of the Brazilian National Institute for Cryospheric Research (INCT-Criosfera) and full member of the Brazilian National Committee for Antarctic Research (CONAPA).