Observing and Understanding the Ocean below Antarctic Sea Ice and Ice Shelves (OASIIS) | POGO

Observing and Understanding the Ocean below Antarctic Sea Ice and Ice Shelves (OASIIS)


While changes in the Southern Ocean have widespread consequences for the planet, the paucity of observations in this part of the ocean hinders research. The OASIIS working group aims to develop a detailed implementation plan for an under-ice observing system. This truly global consortium led by Richard Coleman, the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, has members from the UK, US, Australia, Germany, China, South Africa and Sweden.

How OASIIS contributes to POGO priority areas

POGO advocates for a global coverage in the ocean observing system, which is why addressing the imbalance of available observation systems between the northern and southern hemisphere is at the heart of the POGO Strategy. OASIIS is aiming to make use of the global network that POGO offers to develop transformative technologies that could greatly advance under-ice observations, by bring together expertise, capabiltites and capacity of leading ocean science and technology institutions.


You can find more details on the OASIIS Working Group webpage.

Project Participants

Working Group leader:

Richard Coleman, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Australia




Mike Meredith, British Antarctic Survey, UK


Alexander Brearley, British Antarctic Survey, UK


Oscar Schofield, Rutgers University, USA


Lynne Talley, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA


Olaf Boeble, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany


Esmee van Wijk, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial  Research Organisation, Australia


Susan Wijffels,  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial  Research Organisation, Australia


Steve Rintoul, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research  Organisation / Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre​, Australia


Ben Galton-Fenzi, Australian Antarctic Division, Australia


Jiuxin Shi, Ocean University of China, China


Sebastian Swart, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research / University of Cape Town, South Africa


Anna Wåhlin, University of Gothenburg, Sweden


Fabien Roquet, Stockholm University, Sweden


Craig Lee, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, USA


Dan Costa, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA


Kevin Speer, Florida State University, USA



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