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CAMEO draft Science Plan available for comment

The Comparative Analysis of MarinE Organization (CAMEO) Science Steering Committee has recently completed a Draft Science Plan that describes the overarching goal and the science needed for CAMEO. The plan is now open for comment. The plan can be downloaded at http://dryas.mbl.edu/news/cameo.html


New document on Ocean Acidification

The Ocean Acidification Reference User Group (RUG) has released a new document about ocean acidification titled "Ocean acidification: Questions answered" that is targeted to nonspecialists.  Similar to their overview document "Ocean Acidification: The Facts" released last year, this document is written in plain terms, and has been translated into 5 languages for wide circulation.

Updates required for Carbon Time Series Stations Database

Ocean time series are one of the most valuable tools oceanographers have at the present time to observe trends, to understand carbon fluxes and processes, and to demonstrate the crucial role the carbon cycle plays in climate regulation and feedbacks.


A table of Carbon Time Series Stations from 2007 is available at http://www.ioccp.org/Time%20series/TablePDFs/TSGlobal.pdf. The table is divided into ship-operated and mooring-operated sites by ocean basin. It is critical to keep this list updated in order to improve synergies among sites and scientific coordinators, to facilitate research proposals utilizing the facilities, and to involve as many researchers and institutions as possible in sites where on-going ship activities are being reduced due to decreased resources. 

Call for joint UK-Brazil proposals

Joint UK-Brazil proposals, submitted under the terms of the RCUK-FAPESP Lead Agency Agreement, are now welcomed through the International Opportunities Fund, 2010 call.


Information is available on the website at: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/news/ao-iof-amendment.asp

The closing date is 14th December 2010.


Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) Blog

You can follow the progress of the latest AMT cruise (AMT-20), on board UK research vessel RRS James Cook, on the following blog: http://www.amtblog.org.uk.

RRS James Cook sailed from Southampton on 12 October 2010 and is expected to  reach its destination, Punta Arenas (Chile), on 25 November. Cruise participants recently celebrated the crossing of the Equator, on 3 November.


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