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SO-CHIC concluding webinar

SO-CHIC concluding webinar The Southern Ocean Carbon and Heat Impacts on Climate (SO-CHIC) project, an EU-funded Horizon2020 project which began in November of 2019 and will conclude, following a one year delay due to COVID-19, in November 2024. The last SO-CHIC webinar will take place on 4 April 2024. You can register for the webinar here: The SO-CHIC Project Coordinator, Dr. Jean-Baptiste Sallée, will give a talk on the SO-CHIC project's achievements, research, and results. He will give an overview of the activities of each Work Package, future research priorities, policy relevance, and how the project's goals have been achieved.… Read More

Webinar: Upper ocean ventilation pathways

The next SO-CHIC webinar "Upper ocean ventilation pathways" is coming! It will take place on 12th January 2024 at 15:00 CET (14:00 GMT) online. You can now register for the webinar here. During the event the Work Package 2 will be the main topic. This WP seeks to determine the lead rate-controlling processes of ventilation in a region of up welling of warm deep waters in the Southern Ocean. It brings together observers and modelers to address one of the key sources of uncertainty in current predictions of the future climate state, namely the rate of uptake of heat and carbon… Read More

Tipping Points in Antarctica (Towards Evidence-Based Policy)

The Antarctic Policy Event Tipping Points in Antarctica: Towards Evidence-Based Policy will take place in Brussels,at the NORCE Norwegian Research Center – Rue Guimard 9, 1000 Brussels on Monday, 16 October from 14h-16h. The event is co-organized by EU-funded projects TiPACCs, OCEAN:ICE, SO-CHIC, PROTECT, and the EU-PolarNet 2 and European Polar Board. The agenda includes an opening plenary forum followed by a world cafe where we create a common space for researchers and policymakers to talk on highly relevant topics relating to Antarctica. We look forward to a highly engaged, highly interactive afternoon! Refreshments will be provided.  Please find the full agenda here. To assist us in planning the best possible event, we request that you complete this registration… Read More

Southern Ocean Summer School 2024

The Southern Ocean plays a critical role in maintaining crucial climate and life-supporting functions. At the heart of the Southern Ocean, processes occurring at the interface between the ocean, polar ice cap, and sea ice exert global influence on Earth's climate, on sea-level rise, and on the future of the unique ecosystems in this region. Despite its significance, our understanding of the Southern Ocean remains limited. The Southern Ocean Summer School 2024 aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the challenges faced by Southern Ocean sciences. The program will address key questions pertaining to ocean dynamics, ice-ocean interactions, biology and carbon cycling,… Read More

Recent changes in the Antarctic and their impacts on Europe (Policy briefing)

A policy briefing titled “Recent changes in the Antarctic and their impacts on Europe" is being organised in Brussels on the 3rd of May from 14:00 - 16:00. This event is organised by the EPB with Horizon2020-funded EU Polar Cluster projects SO-CHIC, EU-PolarNet 2 with TIPACCS, and PROTECT. The event takes place in the context of increasing pressure on the processes regulating ocean circulation, increased melting of Antarctic sea ice and ice shelves, and increasing scientific awareness of the importance of the region to Europe. Our goal is to present relevant insights to European policy makers on the importance of… Read More

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

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

Newsletter #1: 2021 here we come !

After almost 15 months since its launch and after unexpected events, SO-CHIC is summarizing its journey so far in a Newsletter. You will discover the project’s latest news and developments, as well as interesting reads from the consortium and beyond. Click on the link to find out more ! Read More

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