It was announced on Thursday, February 21, 2008 that a team of U.S. scientists will study the Southern Ocean as part of a six-week research expedition called the Southern Ocean Gas Exchange Experiment (SOGEE), also called GasEx III.
Co-sponsors of the U.S. expedition are the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The three organizations will send a total of thirty scientists to study the effect gases have on climate change, specifically how gases move on winds and sea waters between the atmosphere and the oceans. They will be specifically studying the Southern Ocean.
According to Christopher Sabine, a NOAA oceanographer at its Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, the reason why the team is going to the Southern Ocean is because