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3rd Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World

A consortium of institutions and organizations from Monterey, California has successfully bid to host the third symposium on The Ocean in a High-CO2 World in autumn 2012. The symposium aims to attract more than 300 of the world’s leading scientists to discuss the impacts of ocean acidification on marine organisms, ecosystems, and biogeochemical cycles. It will also cover socio-economic consequences of ocean acidification, including policy and management implications.

Updated Repeat Hydrography Manual Now Available On-line

The Global Ocean Ship-based Repeat Hydrographic Investigations Program (GO-SHIP) was developed to provide a sustained coordination mechanism for global repeat hydrography as outlined in the GO-SHIP strategy (available online at: http://www.go-ship.org/Docs/IOCTS89_GOSHIP.pdf. Central to this coordination is ensuring that measurements made by different groups are comparable, compatible, and of the highest quality possible.


One early priority for GO-SHIP was to revise the 1994 WOCE Hydrographic Programme manual. In the 15 years since the original publication of the manual, many methods and techniques have changed and new sensors have been developed. The GO-SHIP Repeat Hydrography Manual: A Collection of Expert Reports and Guidelines (www.go-ship.org/HydroMan.html) provides detailed instructions for the high quality collection and analysis techniques of numerous ocean parameters, both physical and biogeochemical.

MATLAB Toolbox for Secondary Quality Control

The Matlab Toolbox to Perform Secondary Quality Control (2nd QC) on Hydrographic Data by Toste Tanhua (IFM-GEOMAR) was published at CDIAC:
http://cdiac.ornl.gov/oceans/2nd_QC_Tool/.  The scripts in this package are modified versions of the scripts used by the CARINA project; see Tanhua et al. 2010 for more information.

If you use this tool, please cite as:
Tanhua, T. 2010. Matlab Toolbox to Perform Secondary Quality Control (2nd QC) on Hydrographic Data. ORNL/CDIAC-158. Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. doi:10.3334/CDIAC/otg.CDIAC_158.

British Council UK-US New Partnership Fund

The British Council invites applications from UK higher education institutions for grant funds of up to £20 000 to develop partnerships with higher education institutions located in the United States. The funds are intended to stimulate growth of a new variety of UK-US strategic partnerships between higher education institutions or for the growing UK-US cooperation involving higher education institutions in third countries. More information on the New Partnership Fund is available via http://www.britishcouncil.org/learning-pmi2-he-funding-opportunities.htm. The deadline for applications is 1730 BST on 31 October 2010.

Call for a global biogeochemical fluxes programme for the Ocean Observing Initiative

A call has been issued for contributions to a web-based white paper on a global biogeochemical fluxes component of the Ocean Observatories Initiative.

Specific objectives of this "interactive white paper" are to:

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