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.

Southern Panel Members

Name Role Institute Country
Torge Martin Co-Chair 2023 GEOMAR Germany
Ariaan Purich Co-Chair 2026 Monash University Australia
Clive McMahon Member 2024 Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences Australia
Alexander Haumann Member 2024 AWI Germany
Michiyo Yamamoto-Kawai Member 2023 Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology Japan
Neil Swart Member 2023 Environment and Climate Change Canada Canada
Ronald Souza Member 2023 National institute for Space Research – INPE Brazil
Natalie Robinson Member 2023 New Zealand’s Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research New Zealand
Tore Hattermann Member 2024 Norwegian Polar Institute Norway
Alvaro Scardilli Member 2025 Servicio de Hidrografía Naval Argentina
Ted Scambos Member 2025 University of Colorado Boulder USA
Carolina Dufour Member 2025 McGill University Canada
Elin Darelius Member 2025 University of Bergen and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research Norway
Luciano Pezzi Ex officio Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) Brazil

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