Stephane Blain, principal investigator, opened the meeting and recapitulated the main objectives of the four work packages. Once more, he pointed out the unique possibilities that the project has unfolded in order to further develop technologies and work on specific SOCLIM-related scientific aspects. Both are important components for improving our knowledge about the Southern Ocean.
The two days were dedicated to presentations highlighting ongoing research and current outreach activities. The initial objectives of the project have been dealt with by addressing various spatial and temporal scales, parameters and mechanisms, by presenting the diverse data collected either autonomously and/or aboard the ship during the SOCLIM cruise, by analysing plankton communities and studying topics such as current patterns, variability and trends and by communicating and reaching out.
In an interactive manner, first results were discussed and feedback was proposed. The team also addressed questions that are still open and attempted preliminary interpretations. Based on these exchanges, a road map was set up for the upcoming year.