About RoSES

The Southern Ocean is one of the most important and poorly understood components of the global carbon cycle that profoundly shapes Earth’s climate. It is the primary hot spot for the oceanic sink of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2), having captured half of all human-related carbon that has entered the ocean to date. As a major knowledge gap and a central player in global carbon and climate dynamics, the Southern Ocean carbon system is regularly singled out as the Achilles’ heel of the Earth system models upon which humankind relies to understand contemporary climate change, predict its future evolution, and define international climate policy.

NERC is investing £7 million in this five-year research programme, which aims to substantially reduce uncertainty in 21st century global climate change projections through improved assessment of the Southern Ocean carbon sink and to provide the scientific basis to inform international climate policy on the role of the Southern Ocean in 21st century global climate change.

PICCOLO kick-off meeting

The PICCOLO project is now getting underway with the Kick-Off meeting to be held next week – the 6th – 9th November 2017

It is being organised by Tom Bell at Plymouth Marine Laboratory

New website

RoSES is a new consortium of three projects: CUSTARD, PICCOLO, and SONATA – funded under a NERC directed programme.

Please bear with us while we build up this site.

Pre-prep for CUSTARD

The CUSTARD project doesn’t officially start until the 1st April 2018, so this section might be a little quiet for a while.

There is however much to organise and decide so they’ve had their first conference call on the 12th October – starting to plan what measurements to take and when. NERC are busy scheduling the cruises for the next couple of years, so hopefully we’ll know soon what the plans are.