IOC Regional Committee for the Southern Ocean (IOCSOC)

Comité régional de la COI pour l'océan Austral
Comité Regional de la COI para el Océano Austral

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Oct 1967, within the framework of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), at 5th session of IOC Assembly, as an intergovernmental forum for promotion and cooperation of research and ocean services and relevant activities of IOC Committee for Training, Education and Mutual Assistance in the Marine Sciences (TEMA) in the Southern Ocean. Ceased to exist 2001.


(i) Assemble and distribute details of firm oceanographic cruise plans in the Southern Ocean, preferably at least one year in advance; (ii) encourage the pre-allocation of blocks of time for oceanographic research on Antarctic supply vessels whenever practicable; (iii) develop means of coordinating existing and planned oceanographic research programmes in the region; (iv) encourage the evaluation of existing oceanographic data from the region with a view of fostering specific studies of limited extent to fill gaps in present knowledge and capable of being carried out in the foreseeable future; (v) encourage and review the development of relevant theory, methods and instruments, with particular reference to the problems of obtaining measurements in the winter and in the presence of ice; (vi) develop plans for the gradual evolution of a comprehensive study of the Southern Ocean.

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  • Meteorology
    • Meteorology
  • Climatology
    • Arctic Zones
  • Oceanography
    • Oceanography

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GOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below Water



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