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Ocean Science An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union

Scheduled special issues

The following special issues are scheduled for publication in OS and its discussion forum OSD:

REP14-MED: A Glider Fleet Experiment in a Limited Marine Area
16 May 2016–16 Dec 2017 | Guest editors: G. Nurser, J. Chiggiato, K. J. Heywood, G. Quattrocchi, R. Onken, and A. Russo | Information


The REP14-MED experiment was conducted by the Centre of Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE, La Spezia, Italy), and supported by 20 partners from six different nations, offshore from Sardinia. In a limited area of about 110x110 km2, dense oceanographic observations were collected in the period 7–24 June 2014 by two research vessels, eleven underwater gliders from three different manufacturers, various oceanographic and meteorological moorings, surface drifters, and a profiling float.

The main objective of the experiment was the collection of adequate data sets in order to pursue several objectives, including (i) finding the best sampling strategy for ocean forecasting, (ii) model validation, (iii) evaluation of forecast skill, (iv) exploring ocean variability, (v) performing a cost–benefit analysis of glider data collection, and (vi) analysis of mesoscale and submesoscale structures.

This special issue includes invited papers, but it is also open for additional contributions if coherent (to be evaluated by the editors) with the objectives as specified.

Surface Ocean Aerosol Production (SOAP) (ACP/OS inter-journal SI)
01 Jul 2013–01 Jan 2018 | Guest editors: C. Law, M. Harvey, M. Smith, P. Quinn, N. Harris, and M. Hoppema | Information


Biologically-active regions of the surface ocean support production of a range of compounds that influence aerosol particle production, composition and properties in the overlying marine boundary layer. In February-March 2012 the SOAP (Surface Ocean Aerosol Production) voyage examined biotic influences on aerosol production to the east of New Zealand, by targeting phytoplankton blooms along the Sub-Tropical Front, with the aim of constraining the relationships between DMS and aerosol flux and characteristics, and phytoplankton biomass and community composition, by multi-disciplinary research within three workpackages:

  • WP1. Surface ocean biogeochemical links with aerosol precursors;
  • WP2. Exchange rate and physical drivers of the transfer of DMS & CO2 and
  • WP3. Organic emissions, nucleation and interactions with the aerosol distribution in the overlying marine boundary layer.

The results of this research voyage will be detailed in this Special Issue, which will contain invited papers only.

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