The UNOLS Deep Submergence Science Committee (DeSSC) is seeking nominations for the Chair position that will open in January 2022. The DeSSC is the UNOLS Committee charged with providing oversight and advice to the National Deep Submergence Facility (NDSF) Operator on matters concerning utilization, upgrades, and long-term planning of its vehicles (Alvin, Jason, and Sentry). The Committee strives to maintain awareness of new scientific tools, the needs of the users for new sensors and equipment to address important scientific questions, and to provide this information to the NDSF Operator, UNOLS, and funding agencies (NSF, NOAA and ONR).
The DeSSC Chair presides over the biannual DESSC meetings and serves as a liaison between the deep submergence community, the NDSF operator, and the funding agencies. Important activities of the DeSSC Chair include leading DeSSC in providing advice for the NDSF, engaging the next generation of NDSF users, and advancing the deep-ocean research agenda/vision in the US. The DeSSC Chair also serves as a member of the UNOLS Council, which normally meets twice annually in person and once via web conference. The Term of office for the Chair position is three years with the possibility of reappointment for a second term. The new Chair would assume his/her responsibilities after the winter DeSSC 2022 meeting which will be held at the 2022 Ocean Sciences meeting. To assist in the transition of leadership, the current DeSSC Chair, Anna-Louise Reysenbach, will continue to serve on the committee (but as a regular member) through Spring of 2022.
Additional information about the DeSSC, including the Terms of Reference, can be found on the DeSSC page of the UNOLS website . For information about Chair responsibilities contact the
Scientists interested in serving as DeSSC Chair should submit the following information: