1. Lead, coordinate and support the Antarctic scientific community in generating an open access database of acoustic observations of the mid-trophic level.
To maintain and develop coordination and communication between the different science and national programmes within SONA.
To determine and adopt calibration and acoustic data collection and processing protocols to ensure high quality common data collection.
To enable the implementation of the South Atlantic Science, South Atlantic Opportunistic and Southern Ocean Baseline Acoustic databases.
To develop the SONA data discovery and data access website and determine open-access procedures for the databases.
To actively expand the network of partners and supporters in terms of geographic representation and expertise.
2. To implement a self-sustaining long-term acoustic observing strategy framed within the international observing and modelling communities.
To support and organise an international workshop that will advance our knowledge of the status of the ecosystem of the South Atlantic sector of the Antarctic, focussing on the mid-trophic level.
To create an atlas of mid-trophic level distribution in the Southern Ocean with associated qualification of uncertainties.
To support and organise an international workshop that will advance our knowledge of the status of the Southern Ocean ecosystem, focussing on the mid-trophic level
To coordinate activities leading to high impact outputs that include publication of the SOBA atlas, and peer-reviewed literature outputs from the workshops.
To liaise with international programmes such as SOOS and AntaBIF for the long-term stewardship and funding of the databases.
To interact with the ICED (Integrating Climate and Ecosystems Dynamics) community to integrate mid-trophic level measurements into ecosystem models in order to address issues pertaining to Southern Ocean food-web structure and scenarios of change that will influence the IPCC process.
Determine a baseline and establish methods to determine long-term trends in the distribution of mid-trophic level organisms in the South Atlantic part of the Southern Ocean.
Determine a baseline and establish methods to determine long-term trends in the circumpolar distribution of mid-trophic level organisms in the Southern Ocean.
Provide and advise on a mid-trophic level component to the Southern Ocean ecosystem to the scientific community (ICED and CCAMLR) for integration into models concerning biogeochemical processes and ecosystem based fisheries management.