CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel

About Us

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference of the CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel are:

"To serve as a forum for the discussion and communication of scientific advances in the understanding of climate variability and change in the Southern Ocean. To advise CLIVAR, CliC, and SCAR on progress, achievements, new opportunities and impediments in internationally-coordinated Southern Ocean research."

Specific Activities:

1.      Facilitate progress in the development of tools and methods required to assess climate variability, climate change and climate predictability of the ocean-atmosphere-ice system in the Southern Ocean.

2.      Identify opportunities and coordinated strategies to implement these methods, spanning observations, models, experiments, and process studies.

3.      Provide scientific and technical input into international research coordination, collaborating as required with other relevant programs, including the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS).

4.      Monitor and evaluate progress in Southern Ocean research, and identify gaps.

5.      Enhance interaction between the meteorology, oceanography, cryosphere, geology, biogeochemistry and paleoclimate communities with an interest in the climate of the Southern Ocean.

6.      Work with relevant agencies on the standardization, distribution and archiving of Southern Ocean observations.


Event City Country Dates
CLIVAR-FIO Joint Summer School in 2018 Qingdao China
2018-06-25 to 2018-07-07
12th Session of the CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel Boulder USA
2017-06-29 to 2017-06-30
West Antarctic Peninsula Working Group Workshop British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge UK
2017-05-15 to 2017-05-16
Polar Prediction Workshop 2017 and 2nd Sea Ice Model Intercomparison Project Meeting Bremerhaven Germany
2017-03-27 to 2017-03-30
3rd APECS International Online Conference 2017 2017-03-20

Southern Panel Members

Name Role Institute Country
John Fyfe Co-Chair 2017 Environment and Climate Change Canada Canada
Inga Smith Co-Chair 2020 University of Otago New Zealand
Isabelle Ansorge Member 2018 University of Cape Town South Africa
Katsuro Katsumata Member 2018 JAMSTEC Japan
Joellen Russell Member 2018 University of Arizona USA
Jiuxin Shi Member 2018 Ocean University of China China
Ben Galton-Fenzi Member 2017 ACE-CRC Australia
Kenny Matsuoka Member 2017 Norwegian Polar Institute Norway
Patrick Heimbach Member 2017 University of Texas (Austin) USA
François Massonnet Member 2017 Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium
Alexander Klepikov Member 2017 Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute Russian Federation
Riccardo Farneti Member 2018 ICTP Italy
Robin Robertson Member 2019 Xiamen University Malaysia Malaysia
David Bromwich Member 2019 Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, Ohio State University USA
Matt Mazloff Member Ex-officio of SOOS UCSD USA

See also details of Southern Ocean Region panel national representatives.
The ICPO contact for the CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR Southern Ocean Region Panel is Lei Han.