Registration and Events Information

1998 Ocean Sciences Meeting
San Diego, California
February 9-13 1998
(Monday through Friday)

Social Activities and Business Meetings

Opening Reception

Sunday, February 8, 1998
5:30-7:00 P.M.
Town & Country Hotel
Presidio Room

Complimentary Refreshments

Monday through Friday
February 9-13, 1998
9:30-10:30 A.M.
2:30-3:30 P.M.
Town & Country Hotel
Exhibit Hall

Reception at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Tuesday, February 10, 1998
6:00-8:00 P.M.
Birch Aquarium, Scripps Institution of Oceanography THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Join your colleagues for a fun-filled evening at the aquarium-museum which is perched upon a bluff overlooking the Scripps campus and Scripps Beach. The aquarium and educational exhibits will be open during this reception. The aquarium, with its 50,000 gallon kelp tank, has over 3,000 colorful fish from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and the Indo-Pacific. Outdoors, the man-made tidepool is inhabited by numerous local sea animals. Docents will be available to answer your questions as you tour the aquarium-museum.

Ticket price includes transportation, admission, and hors d'oeuvres. Cash bars will be available.

Shuttle buses will depart the Town & Country Hotel from the Atlas Foyer, from 5:00pm-6:30pm. Have your ticket(s) ready to access the bus; tickets will be taken at the aquarium. Buses will return from the Birch Aquarium from 7:00pm-8:30pm.

If you plan to drive to the reception from the Town & Country Hotel: Take the Freeway 8 West to Freeway 5 North to La Jolla Village Drive. Turn left. Then turn left at Expedition Way (signal). Parking is $3.
$ 12 per person (ticketed event)

Ocean Sciences Lunch

Wednesday, February 11, 1998
12:00-1:30 P.M.
Town & Country Hotel
Presidio Room
You are invited to attend this lunch to pay tribute to the 1998 Ocean Sciences awardees.

The 1998 Ocean Sciences Award will be presented to Dr. Polly A. Penhale, National Science Foundation.

The luncheon speaker will be Rear Admiral Paul G. Gaffney II, Chief of Naval Research and commander of the Office of Naval Research, who will speak on "The National Ocean Partnership Program" and other topics of interest to all Ocean Sciences Meeting attendees. $ 19 per person (ticketed event)

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Special Evening Sessions

The Future of Ocean Biogeochemical Research
Monday, February 9
Town & Country Room

The U.S. Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS) has been a major ocean program designed to study the fluxes of carbon and related elements and their controls in the ocean. This program is scheduled to end in about 2002. Even though we are just now beginning the synthesis and modeling stage of U.S. JGOFS, it is necessary to plan for the future. This session will consist of a few invited lectures which will focus on scientific questions to be addressed in a future major ocean program. The talks will be followed by extensive discussion.

Conveners: James W. Murray, University of Washington, School of Oceanography, Box 357940, Seattle WA 98195-7940, Phone: +1-206-543-4730, Fax: +1-206-685-3351, E-mail:; and Gus Paffenhofer, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, University System of Georgia, 10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411, Phone: +1-912-598-2489, Fax: +1-912-598-2310

Popular Science Communication
Wednesday, February 11
San Diego Room

Presenting science in an interesting way, while retaining accuracy, is the key to good science communication, which aims to take scientific concepts and results from jargon understandable only to other scientists, into the lives of readers, listeners, and viewers. This session will explore science communication, specifically science writing, in language understandable to a non-scientific audience. Participants will review examples of good science writing, "dissecting" the structure of science news and feature stories, and learning something of the basics of this craft. They'll have the opportunity to try their hands at writing a popular story about research being presented at the conference, and individual critiques will be provided to interested participants.

Convener: Cheryl Lyn Dybas, National Science Foundation, Office of Public Affairs, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 1245S, Arlington, VA 22230, Phone: +1-793-306-1070, E-mail:

Future of Chemical Oceanography in the U.S. (FOCUS)
Wednesday, February 11
Town & Country Room

This session offers the community an opportunity to hear the results of a workshop on FOCUS that will be held January 6-9, 1998. A brief presentation will cover the purpose, structure, and outcomes from this workshop. Community input and discussion of the status and future of chemical oceanography, particularly with respect to the workshop proceedings, will be solicited. This report provides the NSF with a community-wide assessment of the status and trends in this disciplinary area.

Conveners: Lawrence M. Mayer, Darling Marine Center, University of Maine, Walpole, ME 04573, Phone +1-207-563-3146, ext. 237, Fax +1-207-563-3119, E-mail:; and Ellen Druffel, University of California, Irvine, Dept. of Earth System Science, PSRF 207, Irvine, CA 92697-3100, Phone: +1-714-824-2116, Fax: +1-714-824-3256, E-mail:

The Coastal Ocean Processes (CoOP) Program
Wednesday, February 11
Sierra Room

This open meeting will inform the oceanographic community of the current CoOP process studies in the Great Lakes, planned process study on wind driven transport in the NE Pacific, and planned workshop on buoyancy driven transport. Community input and discussion is welcome.

Advances and Primarly Research Opportunities in Physical Oceanography Studies (APROPOS)
Thursday, February 12
Town & Country Room

This session offers the community an opportunity to hear the results of a workshop on APROPOS held December 15-17, 1997. A brief presentation will cover the purpose, structure, and outcomes-to-date from this workshop. Community input and discussion of the status and future of physical oceanography, particularly with respect to the workshop proceeding, will be solicited. This input will supplement similar opportunities available on the APROPOS web site, and will be incorporated into the workshop report to be issued in Spring 1998. This report will provide the National Science Foundation with a community-wide assessment of the status and trends in this disciplinary area.

Conveners: William R. Young, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, MC A-030, La Jolla, CA 92093, Phone: +1-619-534-1380, Fax: +1-619-534-9820, E-mail:; and Thomas Royer, Old Dominion University, Center of Coastal Physical Oceanography, Norfolk, VA 23529, Phone: +1-757-683-5547, E-mail:

UNOLS Town Meeting
Thursday, February 12
Sierra Room

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Meeting Services

Message and Information Center

A telephone message and information center will be located in the Atlas Foyer of the Town and Country Hotel, Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. To reach the Message Center, call +1-619-908-5071 or call the Town & Country Hotel at +1-619-291-7131 and ask for the Ocean Sciences Message Center at ext. 3871. Faxes can be sent to meeting participants at +1-619-908-5072. Messages will be posted on prominent message boards. Individuals cannot be paged. For urgent or critical messages, it is recommend that a message also be left in the individual's hotel room. Fax and photocopying services will also be available.

Job Center

Employers: Need to fill a position? Take advantage of AGU's Job Center service. Register at the center and post your positions. You can also review hundreds of resumes, free of charge.

Job Candidates: Looking for a new position? Come to the Job Center daily and view the job postings. Bring five copies of your resume for review by potential employers. All job candidates must be registered for the meeting.

Child Care

KiddieCorp will offer professional child care services at the Ocean Sciences Meeting. For more than 10 years, KiddieCorp has specialized in the on-site child care needs of parents and children who attend meetings. Children ages 6 months to 12 years old will enjoy games, storytime, arts and crafts, and other fun-filled activities for each age group. Fees are $6.00 per hour, with a 2-hour minimum.

For more information on how to register for child care at the Ocean Sciences Meeting, contact KiddieCorp by phone at +1-619-455-1718 or by e-mail at Advance reservations are required.

Child care services are a contractual agreement between each individual and the child care company. AGU and ASLO assume no responsibility for the services rendered.


Several E-mail terminals will be available in the Exhibit Hall, Monday through Friday, 7:30 A.M.-6:00 P.M.

Accessibility for Registrants with Disabilities

AGU and ASLO want to ensure that all people have access to the sessions they wish to attend at this meeting. We will gladly assist anyone with arrangements to meet special requirements. If you have special needs, we will work with vendors to provide reasonable support in these cases. Such cases may include, but are not limited to, providing wheelchairs, specially equipped hotel sleeping rooms, or TDD systems. Contact AGU's Meetings Department at +1-202-462-6900, ext. 242, E-mail:


Exhibits will be located in the Exhibit Hall on the lower level of the Town & Country Hotel. Be sure to make plans to stop by and visit with the exhibitors. The various exhibits on display will include instrumentation equipment, computer software programs, books, and programs sponsored by government agencies, plus many more.

Exhibits will be open Tuesday through Thursday, February 10-12, 8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M. The AGU Booth will sell books, journals, maps, memberships, gift items, and memorabilia.

Exhibitors: Take advantage of this opportunity to present your geophysical instruments, computer software and hardware, equipment, books, and educational, research, association, and government programs as an exhibitor at the 1998 Ocean Sciences Meeting. The exhibit booth fee includes complimentary meeting registration(s), abstract supplement(s), and program(s). For additional information please contact, Karol Snyder, Advertising and Exhibits Sales Manager, Phone: +1-202-939-3205, E-mail:

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Workshops for Teachers

Geophysical Information for Teachers (GIFT)
Monday, February 9, San Diego State University
Tuesday, February 10, Stratford Room
This workshop will be offered for teachers of pre-college students, giving teachers a chance to meet the scientists doing the research that is defining our physical world and its environment in space. For further information, please contact Frank Ireton at AGU, Phone: 1-800-966-2481 or +1-202-462-6900, ext. 243, E-mail:

NAGT-NSF Workshop on Innovative and Effective Techniques for Teaching Geosciences
Sunday, February 8, 1998
8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Stratford Room
The AGU and ASLO Education Committees will cosponsor this workshop with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. This will be a free all day workshop but registration is required. For further information, please contact Heather MacDonald, Phone: +1-757-221-2443, E-mail:

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Registration Information

Preregistration Deadline: January 9, 1998

Preregistration for the Ocean Sciences Meeting is now closed. Individuals must now register on-site.

Payment can be made only by American Express, VISA, Mastercard, check (payable to AGU), postal money order, or bank draft. Purchase orders will not be accepted for payment of registration. At the meeting, U.S. dollars are also acceptable. AGU will automatically charge the $35.00 late fee.

Ordering of Ocean Sciences Meeting Abstracts

NEW FOR OCEAN SCIENCES MEETING Abstract volumes are available only to subscribers or to meeting participants who purchase them. There will be a limited quantity available for purchase at the meeting.

On-Site Registration Hours

Please note that the location for on-site registration has been changed. On-site registration will now be located in the Atlas Foyer of the Town and Country Hotel.

Sunday, February 8
5:00-7:00 P.M.

Monday, February 9 through Thursday, February 12
7:30 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Friday, February 13
7:30 A.M.-2:00 P.M.

Nonmember Registration

If you register at the full meeting nonmember or student nonmember rate, you may become an AGU member at no charge for the remainder of the 1998 calendar year, provided a complete membership application is received at AGU by July 1, 1998.

Guest Registration

Guests or spouses not attending the scientific sessions may register at the meeting at no charge. Guests who wish to attend the Ocean Sciences Lunch must purchase tickets in advance.


The preregistration receipt will be attached to your badge, which will be given to you at the time of registration.


Registration Rates

January 9, 1998
January 9, 1998
Regular Member
(More than 1-Day)$ 175 $ 210
(1-Day)$ 90 $ 125
Student Member
(More than 1-Day)$ 85 $ 120
(1-Day)$ 42 $ 77
Undergraduate Member*
(More than 1-Day)$ $ 35
(1-Day)$ $ 35
Retired Senior Member**
(More than 1-Day)$ $ 35
(1-Day)$ $ 35
(More than 1-Day)$ $ 35
(1-Day)$ $ 35
Student Nonmember
(More than 1-Day)$ $ 35
(1-Day)$ $ 35
* Student ID required at the time of registration.
** Age 65 or older and retired from full-time employment

Cooperating Societies

Members of these cooperating societies may register at the 'member' rates.
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Hotel Accommodations

Housing Deadline: January 9, 1998
The Housing deadline has now passed. Reservations will be accepted only on a space-available basis, and rates are subject to change.

A first night's deposit is required for each room requested. The deposit is payable by all major credit cards, check, or money order.

Guests may select one of three categories of sleeping rooms, at the following single/double rates, plus 10.5% tax (tax subject to change):

Check-in time is 3:00 P.M. and check-out time is 12:00 P.M.

To Make Reservations

  1. Name of meeting (Ocean Sciences)
  2. Arrival/departure dates
  3. Type of room (Garden, East Tower, West Tower; single, double)
  4. Number of guests
  5. Credit card information
  6. Be sure to make note of your confirmation number.

Town and Country Hotel
500 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108
Fax: +1-619-291-3584

La Jolla
We have blocked a limited number of hotel rooms in beautiful, scenic La Jolla, just a 10-minute drive from the Town & Country Hotel. La Jolla may be best known for its beautiful beaches, scenic views, premium restaurants, shops, and galleries. Room rates at the Inn by the Sea are $105.00 per night. The Inn by the Sea is located in the heart of La Jolla Village, within easy walking distance of all the attractions. For reservations, call +1-619-459-4461.

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Travel Information

Save money on your travel costs to San Diego! Discounts and special fares are available through American Airlines, USAir, Southwest Airlines, and Avis. To obtain these special discount fares, as well as the lowest available airfare on other airlines, contact Conventions in America at 1-800-929-4242, +1-619-453-3686, fax +1-619-453-7976, or e-mail Refer to Group #564. Reservation hours are Monday through Friday, 6:30 AM-5:00 PM Pacific Time. All attendees booking through Conventions in America will receive free flight insurance and be entered in their quarterly drawing for domestic travel for two!

As an alternative, you or your travel agent may call the airline or rental car Convention Office directly at the number listed below and be sure to provide the corresponding discount number.

American Airlines, Starfile #6628UC
1-800-433-1790 (7:00 A.M.-12:00 A.M. Eastern Time)

Save 5% off the lowest applicable fares or take advantage of special Zone Fares which can save you money if your stay does not include a Saturday night. NOTE: Take an additional 5% off for total savings of 10% when you purchase your ticket at least 60 days prior to your departure!

USAir, Gold File #98690369
1-800-334-8644 (8:00 A.M.-9:00 P.M. Eastern Time)

Save 5% to 10% off lowest applicable fares. All rules and restrictions apply.

Southwest Airlines, Meeting ID #D2228
1-800-433-5368 (8:30 A.M.-5:30 P.M.)

Save 10% off everyday low fares. All rules apply. Not valid with other promotional fares.

Avis, AWD #A/B570722, Rate Code #C3/B8
1-800-331-1600 (24 hours)

SUBCOMPACT: $32/day $150/wk
COMPACT: $38/day $170/wk
INTERMEDIATE: $42/day $190/wk
FULL: $48/day $200/wk
PREMIUM: $60/day $260/wk
LUXURY: $80/day $330/wk
MINIVAN*: $76/day $300/wk
CONVERTIBLE*: $60/day $260/wk
*Subject to availability; 3-week advance reservations recommended.

Insurance Coverage
Participants traveling from outside the U.S. may wish to purchase accident and medical insurance protection during their visit to San Diego. Seabury and Smith, an association service organization, offers coverage through their Gateway USA program. Insurance must be purchased for a minimum of 15 days, up to a maximum of 60 days. Prices will vary depending upon the individual's age and choice of benefit package. For more information, please contact Seabury and Smith at +1-202-457-6842.

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For More Information

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AGU Meetings Department
2000 Florida Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 1-800-966-2481 or +1-202-462-6910, ext. 215
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