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SO-CHIC Visualisation Contest

The mission of the SO-CHIC project is crucial - by contributing to reducing uncertainties in climate change predictions, the SO-CHIC is expected to have major quantifiable impacts on climate science. SO-CHIC’s work is organised through a series of interconnected and specialised Work Packages (WPs), however these can be difficult to understand to general public. As it is important for SO-CHIC to explain its activities (as described in the WPs) to broader audience, SO-CHIC held a Visualisation contest organised by the European Polar Board. The goal of the contest was to obtain an illustration that could be further used for communication… Read More


#TashaGoesSouth Natasha Lucas (“Tasha”) is an observational oceanographer / scientist who has started her journey on Agulhas II research ship sailing from Capetown to Antarctica on 17 December 2022 as part of the British Antarctic Survey & the SO-CHIC project. Tasha decided to record a few videos each day to show her life and work on the ship as a scientist for educational, outreach and EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) reasons. Thank you, Tasha for this wonderful initiative! To see daily updates from Tasha, follow @tashaocean on Instagram, where the photos and videos are being published by the #TashGoesSouth initiative partners each day. Read More

EGU22 – The Southern Ocean & the Global Climate System

SO-CHIC will be present at the next General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) which is held in Vienna, Austria, from 23–27 May 2022. On Thursday, SO-CHIC will lead a session in the town hall, featuring excellent speakers discussing the Southern Ocean and the global climate system. You can find all details here: And you can follow the conference on Twitter Read More

The Southern Ocean on Europe’s shores

Did you know that the Southern Ocean has the capacity to absorb far more carbon than the Amazon rainforest? Or that change in the Southern Ocean plays a critical role in the climate of Europe and consequentially impacts the lives of millions of EU citizens?   To learn more, here are two short presentations from Southern Ocean researchers organised by the Horizon 2020 project SO-CHIC. Read More

The Southern Ocean on Europe’s shores

Climate impacts, sea level rise and the marine environment Online policy briefing by SO-CHIC, a Horizon 2020 project Did you know that the Southern Ocean has the capacity to absorb far more carbon than the Amazon rainforest? Or that change in the Southern Ocean plays a critical role in the climate of Europe and consequentially impacts the lives of millions of EU citizens? To learn more, you are invited to attend an online discussion session with Southern Ocean climate scientists organised by the Horizon 2020 project SO-CHIC. The session, for EU policymakers, will be focused on issues such as climate,… Read More

The Southern Ocean, in the midst of climate change

90% of heat budget accumulated on Earth is located in the oceans. To understand this global warming phenomenon, we have to investigate oceans under their surface and in particular the Southern Ocean. This is the main objective of the SO-CHIC project. Started in 2019 and coordinated by Sorbonne Université (Paris, France), SO-CHIC (Southern Ocean – Carbon and Heat Impact on Climate) gathers 16 international partners and experts in physics, oceanography, climatology and biochemistry. Funded by the European Commission for 5 years, the project aims to understand and quantify key processes controlling heat and carbon fluxes between the atmosphere, ocean and… Read More

Atlantic Pole to Pole: Climate Science 2 Policy

Facilitating the science needed to support ocean governance and management. About this event Join our open event as part of All-Atlantic 2021, discussing what kind of research priorities should be taken into account in establishing a framework for international collaboration in the next decades? Date: 2nd June 2021, from 11:30 - 13:00 UTC The world faces global challenges that can only be met through science diplomacy, the use of scientific collaborations among nations to address common problems. Researchers, decision makers and knowledge brokers have a responsibility to develop and maintain the flow of information to create evidence-based and equitable outcomes… Read More

New paper published in Nature

Summertime increases in upper-ocean stratification and mixed-layer depthJean-Baptiste Sallée, Violaine Pellichero, Camille Akhoudas, Etienne Pauthenet, Lucie Vignes, Sunke Schmidtko, Alberto Naveira Garabato, Peter Sutherland & Mikael Kuusela In a paper published in Nature recently, the authors collected a maximum number of ocean observations made from ships, floats, and marine mammal to show that the ocean is changing drastically, faster than previously estimated. Jean-Baptiste Sallée, main author gives us details : In current climate change, we expect that the upper ocean surface ocean decouples from the deep-seas, making it harder for the ocean to play its role of climate regulator. It… Read More

EPB' 25th Anniversary

In celebration of the EPB’s 25th Anniversary, a session will be held as part of the ASSW2021 conference titled “Europe in International Polar Research – 25 years of Arctic and Antarctic cooperation with the EPB”. The session will be 15:00-18:30 GMT, Tuesday 23rd March 2021 (tomorrow). You are all warmly invited to register for the session here: session is open to all. Registration for the ASSW conference is not necessary) Cooperation across national and disciplinary boundaries has long been characteristic of the European polar research community, conducive of its global leadership in research in the Arctic and the Antarctic. In celebration of… Read More

– PhD opportunity within MSCA-ITN DEEPICE

The DEEPICE project (Research and training network on understanding Deep icE corE Proxies to Infer past antarctiC climatE dynamics), funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - Innovative Training Network) calls for applications for 15 fully funded PhD positions (early-stage researcher, ESR) to be filled between July and October 2021, with attractive complementary training activities and associated research and travel budgets. DEEPICE aims to train a new generation of scientists working on issues related to past climate change in Antarctica by taking advantage of the unique scientific dynamic of the on-going EU H2020 "Beyond… Read More

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