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Southern Ocean Flux Capability Working Group

Southern Ocean Observing System - Australia

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The Southern Ocean has been identified as the prime region for net global uptake of heat and carbon dioxide

While air-sea fluxes determine this uptake, existing air-sea flux products vary significantly, and a number of studies have suggested that infrequent storm-related events may play a significant role in governing net air-sea exchanges. The core aim of SOFLUX is to reduce uncertainties in our understanding of air-sea and air-sea-ice exchanges. SOFLUX facilitates the implementation of an observing system of essential ocean variables (EOVs) to support investigations on dynamics and change in Southern Ocean air-sea fluxes, the development of priority measurements, standardized methodologies for collecting and archiving data, the optimal design of field programs and remote sensing systems, strategies for implementing field observations, and support for development of assimilation and gridded flux products.

This Project is hosted by the Ocean Decade Programme Observing Air-Sea Interactions Strategy (OASIS)

Start date: 01/02/2022
End date: 31/12/2025

Lead Contact: Alyce Hancock (