IMBeR at the 2019 SOLAS Open Science Conference in Sapporo, Japan

The Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) held its 7th open science conference in Sapporo, Japan from 21-25 April 2019. Members of IMBeR Japan Committee, Jun Nishioka, Koji Suzuki and Masahiko Fujii from Hokkaido University, and Atsushi Tsuda from the University of Tokyo, attended the conference and presented an IMBeR poster highlighting the collaboration between IMBeR and SOLAS, including new research successes and trends.Published 06.05.2019 – Updated 06.05.2019

IMBeR and SOLAS both work to identify important biological and chemical issues resulting from the effects of global change on the oceans, and the impacts that these changes have on ocean processes and functions, and society. Collaboration between these two global change research projects started almost from their inception, with the establishment of the very successful SOLAS-IMBeR Carbon (SIC) working groups. An article, recently published in Scienceby the SIC Interior Ocean Carbon Working Group, determined the uptake of anthropogenic CO2 by the oceans from 1994 to 2007, and was the culmination of the work of the group.The Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT) of quality-controlled, surface ocean fCO2 (fugacity of carbon dioxide) observations from the international marine carbon research community, is the continuing and regularly updated legacy of the now defunct SIC Open Ocean Working Group. The SOLAS-IMBeR Ocean Acidification Working Group continues to coordinate international research efforts and the synthesis of ocean acidification activities within the International Coordination Centre.

IMBeR and SOLAS are now seeking new directions in ocean carbon research and are part of a new initiative on integrated ocean carbon, under the auspices of IOC, in cooperation with IOCCP, the GCPWCRP/CLIVAR, and relevant national efforts on carbon research. This is outlined in the poster presented at the SOLAS Open Science Conference (see more here).


Dr. Jun Nishioka, Dr. Atsushi Tsuda, Dr. Koji Suzuki and Dr. Masahiko Fujii (from left to right)
with the poster highlighting IMBeR science at the 2019 SOLAS Open Science Conference