BEPSII is a global research community of sea-ice biogeochemists which has been initiated as a Scientific Committee of Ocean Research (SCOR) working group (WG 140) and run it’s Phase 1 from 2012 to 2016, where it addressed fundamental issues in communication and methods.
Following the end of SCOR WG 140, BEPSII was approved by the Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) and the Climate and Cryosphere program (CliC) as a longer-lived activity from 2015 onward, and received endorsement from the Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research (SCAR) in 2016 as well as workshop support from the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). This Phase 2 focuses on developing the tools to tackle big-picture questions of global relevance and feedbacks.
Since 2016 a new SCOR Working Group (WG 152: Measuring Essential Climate Variables in Sea Ice (ECV-Ice)) was initiated out of the BEPSII task group on measurements and methods development. BEPSII is also strongly linked to the CATCH network that cover in more details interactions between the atmosphere, snow and sea ice.
BEPSII is coordinated via a steering committee which consists of two co-chairs and the task group leads. The steering committee will be reviewed every two years. Researchers interested in contributing to any of the task group projects are encouraged to contact the task group leads
Eeva Eronen-Rasimus (Finland, ECR)
Delphine Lannuzel (Australia)
Klaus Meiners (Australia)
Sebastien Moreau (Norway)
Nadja Steiner (Canada)
Pat Wongpan (Australia, ECR)