SOCCO aims to have a societal level impact that aligns with national and global needs:
Support the improvement in century-scale climate risk forecasts by reducing uncertainties in our ability to accurately represent the biophysical mechanisms that govern ocean-atmosphere fluxes of CO2 and heat.
Support South African and global carbon mitigation policy by improving the confidence in century-scale projections of climate risk by Earth System Models for informed adaptation planning and decision-making that meet society’s urgent need for robust and actionable climate risk management
Building a nationally integrated observational and modelling capability to support policy development and robust assessment of the opportunities and risks of ocean Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) strategies.
Address Human Capital Development and transformation needs within both scientific and technological research innovation by developing a skilled and capable workforce in support of a knowledge-based economy.