Summary of Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission No. IO50-12-0010PresentationKeynote


Raleigh R Hood*1

1 University of Maryland, USA


The end of 2015 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the completion of the International Indian Ocean Expedition. SCOR, IOC and IOGOOS are working to stimulate a new phase of coordinated international research focused on the Indian Ocean for a 5-year period beginning in late 2015 and continuing through 2020. The goal is to help organize ongoing research and stimulate new initiatives in the 2015 to 2020 time frame as part of a larger expedition. These activities will serve as a core for a new Indian Ocean research focus, which has been dubbed IIOE-2. The overarching goal of the IIOE-2 is to advance our understanding of interactions between geologic, oceanic and atmospheric processes that give rise to the complex physical dynamics of the Indian Ocean region, and to determine how those dynamics affect climate, extreme events, marine biogeochemical cycles, ecosystems and human populations. Other goals of IIOE-2 include helping to build research capacity and improving availability and accessibility of oceanographic data from the region. The IIOE-2 Science Plan is structured around six scientific themes. Each theme comprises a set of core questions fundamental to our need to understand the forcings, processes, and resultant variability of the Indian Ocean and to develop the capacity to predict how this variability will impact human populations in the future. In this presentation I will describe the details of the IIOE-2 Science Plan and report on current implementation efforts.