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Solomon Sea Meetings

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Solomon Sea Oceanography Workshop

Toulouse, France

2-3 May 2017

Salle Lyot, Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, 14 avenue Edouard Belin, 31400 Toulouse



Workshop Goals:

  1. To foster interaction between researchers interested in Solomon Sea processes from different disciplines
  2. To discuss plans for future possible collaborative studies
  3. To develop complementary approaches for the purpose of
    1.  Developing strategies for determination of transport variability (and associated errors) of the Low-Latitude Boundary Currents
    2. Better understanding of water mass enrichments, transformations and variability in the Solomon Sea from physical and biogeochemical data



2 May 2017

Session 1: Context and objectives of the workshop

09:00 - 9:30 Welcome and discussion of workshop goals (Sophie Cravatte/Janet Sprintall) PDF

  1. Objectives of the SPICE program
  2. Focus on the SPICE Solomon Sea
  3. Overview of the observations undertaken as part of SPICE Solomon Sea (Chapeau paper)
  4. Overview of agenda talks to be given (talks include time for Q&A)
  5. Expected outcomes: links to TPOS-2020 and future programs

09:30 - 10:00 Plenary Talk - Physics: C. Germineaud. Thermocline and Intermediate circulation in the Solomon Sea, PDF

10:00 - 10:30 Plenary Talk - Geochemistry: C. Jeandel. Marine geochemistry as part of PANDORA cruise, PDF

10:30 - 11:00 Morning Tea and poster session


Session 2: Seasonal and interannual variability of transports (Chair: A. Ganachaud)

11:00 - 11:25 A. Melet: Interannual variability of Solomon Sea’s circulations, heat transports, and water masses transformations., PDF

11:25 - 11:50 W. Kessler: Nine years of glider surveys of the Solomon Sea, PDF

11:50 - 12:15 U. Send: Integrating transport observations of Solomon Sea inflow from end-point time series, PDF

12:15 - 12:45 C. Germineaud and M. Alberty: Outflow transports from moorings: preliminary results

12:45 - 14:15 Lunch


Session 3: Downstream Impacts of the Solomon Sea LLWBC on the tropical Pacific Ocean (Chair: M. Alberty)

14:20 - 14:40: M. Grenier (S. Cravatte): Origins and fates of the southwestern boundary currents: from the subduction areas to the Pacific Equatorial Undercurrent, PDF

14:40 - 15:10: Plenary Talk - A. Sen Gupta: Using virtual particles to understand tropical Pacific circulation and biogeochemical change, PDF

15:10 - 15:30 F. Lacan: Iron enrichment in the Southwest Pacific from iron isotopes

15:30 - 15:50 T. Delcroix: SST and SSS seasonal changes in the western Solomon and Bismarck Seas, PDF

15:50/16:20  afternoon tea and poster session

16:20 - 17:30 Discussion (Chairs: B. Kessler and J. Sprintall) Developing strategies for determination of transport variability (and associated errors) of mass, heat, freshwater and nutrients in the Low-Latitude Boundary Current system of the Solomon Sea.

19:50 Workshop Dinner (no-host):


3 May 2017

Session 4: Small-scale processes, mixing and enrichments (Chair : C. Germineaud )

09:10 - 09:40 Plenary Talk - M. Alberty: Spatial patterns of mixing in the Solomon Sea, PDF

09:40 - 10:00 M. Tchilibou: Internal tides in the Solomon Sea, PDF

10:00 - 10:20 L. Gourdeau: Exploring mesoscale eddies in the Solomon Sea, PDF

10:30 - 11:00 Morning Tea and poster session

11:00 - 11:30: Plenary Talk - C. Jeandel (for S. Bonnet)  Biogeochemistry: N2 fixation rates in the Coral and Solomon Sea, PDF

11:30 - 11:50 MH Radenac: Wind-driven changes of surface current, temperature, and chlorophyll observed by satellites north of New Guinea, PDF

11:50 - 12:10 V. Pham: REE in the Solomon Sea, PDF

12:10 - 12:30: P. Van Beek: Radium isotopes and actinium-227 used as tracers of water masses and mixing processes in the Solomon Sea, PDF

12:30- 14:00: Lunch

14:00 - 15:30 Discussion (Chairs: C. Jeandel and S. Cravatte): Better understanding of water mass enrichment, transformation and variability in the Solomon Sea from physical and biogeochemical data

15:30 - 16:30 Future Plans (all - observational and model analysis and collaborative)

16:30 - 17:00 Workshop wrap-up and next steps (Sophie Cravatte/Janet Sprintall)


Conclusions and Wrap-up: PDF





Solomon Sea Oceanography Meeting

Portland, February 14 2018

During OSM2018

Meeting Goals:

A meeting was organized during the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2018 in Portland.

The objectives were to make an update on the progress made since the Solomon Sea Workshop in Toulouse, May 2017


Several short presentations have been made and can be found here:

- Introduction, objectives and expected outcomes, S. Cravatte and J. Sprintall.

- Moored Observations of Transport in the Solomon Sea, by M. Alberty et al.

- Update on the mooring/PIES measurements at the southern entrance, by W. Anutaliya et al.

- Gliders Observations, by W. Kessler et al.

- Deep Pacific Circulation: new insights on pathways through the Solomon Sea, by C. Germineaud et al.

- Internal tides in the Solomon Sea, by M. Tchilibou et al.

- Trace metal fluxes from the Solomon Sea, by S. Michael et al.

Outcome: It was decided to submit an abstract for Oceanobs19 on the Solomon Sea, for a White Paper on how to move forward with a Solomon Sea LLWBC (or Western Pacific) monitoring scheme for Ocean Observations 1.

In the cover letter, we will say that we wish interactions with the NPOCE and ITF folks. 

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