After Work

OOI Southern

There are few observations of ocean-atmosphere interactions in the Southern Hemisphere outside the tropics, yet the Southern Ocean plays a critical role in Earth's climate and the stability of the Arctic ice sheet. That's why this WHOI/Scripps Institution of Oceanography team on R/V Atlantis was all smiles after they finished deploying the southernmost sustained ocean observing station in February 2015. The Southern Ocean Array includes one surface and three sub-surface moorings and three gliders gathering a range of meteorological, biological, optical, chemical, and physical data from the atmosphere down through the water column as part of the NSF-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative. (Photo by Lance Wills, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)