The Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) was launched in August 2011 to coordinate and expand international efforts to collect and disseminate sustained observations from the Southern Ocean, with the key objective being to deliver the observations required to address key scientific and societal issues, such as climate change, sea-level rise, and the impacts of global change on marine ecosystems. The SOOS programme is an initiative of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and is endorsed by the Partnership for Observations of the Global Ocean (POGO), Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR), and Climate and Cryosphere (CliC).

For more information, contact Alexander Klepikov, the CliC represenative to SOOS or visit the Southern Ocean Observing System SOOS website.