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Barbara J. Ryan Re-appointed as GEO Secretariat Director

Barbara J. Ryan has been re-appointed, without competition, to a second, three year term as the Secretariat Director of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). Ryan’s re-appointment was made by unanimous consent of the GEO Executive Committee.

Successful Launch of Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2)

NASA successfully launched its first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide at 2:56 a.m. PDT (5:56 a.m. EDT) Wednesday. The mission will provide valuable information on the time varying patterns of CO2 in the atmosphere and atmosphere-surface fluxes.

The SCAR Visiting Professor Scheme 2014

SCAR is pleased to announce the launch of its 'Visiting Professor Scheme 2014. The scheme is designed to encourage the active involvement of scientists and academics in Antarctic research, and to strengthen international capacity and cooperation in Antarctic research.


The Visiting Professorship is for mid- to late-career stage scientists and academics (at least 5 years after completing their PhD) who are involved in Antarctic research, providing the opportunity for them to undertake a short-term visit (1 to 4 weeks) to an institute in another SCAR member country, to provide training and mentoring. The ultimate goal of the scheme is to strengthen the scientific research capacity of countries with smaller or less well-developed Antarctic research programmes, promoting capacity building in the host institute and developing long-term scientific links and partnerships which will lead to advances in Antarctic research.

Invitation to contribute: Towards a broader perspective on ocean acidification research

The ICES Journal of Marine Science (ICES JMS) strives to advance marine science by making judicious use of themed article sets (TASs). TASs are series of coordinated contributions – introduced by a synthetic overview - on a selected topic. Both individually and collectively, TASs are instrumental in focusing attention, triggering opinions and stimulating ideas, discussion and activity in specific research fields.


“Ocean acidification” (OA), driven by rapid increases in CO2 taken up by the oceans from the atmosphere, has been the most-studied single topic in marine science in recent times. The vast majority of the literature on the topic reports and predicts negative effects of OA on organisms and ecosystems. Studies that report no effect are typically more difficult to publish and seem to appear in lower-ranking journals. Further, many critical aspects of the mechanisms underlying the biological and ecological effects of OA have received little attention.


We invite you to participate in a themed article set on “Towards a broader perspective on ocean acidification research - jumping off the bandwagon”.

Call for Proposals - The International SeaKeepers Society

The International SeaKeepers Society is currently accepting research proposals for DISCOVERY Yacht expeditions. The SeaKeepers DISCOVERY Yachts program provides marine scientists with a unique and cost effective platform for at sea research by placing researchers on privately owned vessels to conduct oceanographic research. SeaKeepers is committed to promoting ocean research, education and conservation. We are looking for high impact projects that support our missions, foster scientific collaboration and stimulate further exploration.


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