General Information
1998 Ocean Sciences Meeting
Town & Country Resort and Convention Center
San Diego, California
February 9-13, 1998
(Monday through Friday)

Sponsors The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is a society of 35,000 members with the purpose of advancing progress in the Earth, atmospheric, oceanic, hydrologic, and space and planetary sciences. AGU is dedicated to fostering high-quality scientific research, disseminating the results of that research, enhancing educational opportunities in science, and encouraging international cooperation in geophysics.

The American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) has 3,800 members worldwide and has advanced the interest of aquatic scientists for more than 50 years. ASLO continues to build on its tradition of providing outstanding journals, meetings that transcend the traditional disciplinary boundaries, and activities that unify and foster the aquatic sciences.

Cosponsors The Acoustical Society of America (ASA), the premier international scientific society in acoustics, dedicated to increasing and diffusing the knowledge of acoustics and its practical applications.

The American Meteorological Society (AMS) promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences.

The Estuarine Research Federation (ERF) promotes research in estuarine and coastal waters and communication between members of its affiliated societies. The Federation conducts meetings and is available as a source of advice on matters concerning estuaries and the coastal zone.

The Marine Technology Society (MTS) is the international, interdisciplinary society devoted to ocean and marine engineering, science and policy.

The Oceanography Society (TOS) was founded in 1988 to disseminate knowledge of oceanography and its application through research and education, to promote communication among oceanographers, and to provide a constituency for consensus-building across all the disciplines of the field.

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), chartered in 1940, has a mission of research, education, and advisory service in marine science. The VIMS School of Marine Science/College of William & Mary is the third largest marine research and education center in the country.

San Diego San Diego is the ideal meeting city which boasts year-round sunshine, 70 miles of beaches, unlimited outdoor activities, a dazzling array of attractions, unique shopping, majestic surroundings, and the lure of Mexico. You can visit the famous San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and the Cabrillo National Monument. Explore Balboa Park and Anza-Borrego State Park. See a play, hear a symphony, browse in the shops of Old Town, and enjoy a ferry ride to Coronado or a challenging round of golf.

Program This meeting is designed specifically to meet the needs of oceanographers, limnologists, meteorologists, and scientists working in related areas. Subdisciplines for this meeting are atmospheric sciences, hydrology, estuarine sciences, limnology, oceanography, and ocean technology.

You may contribute to the success of this meeting by submitting an abstract and registering to attend. Submit your abstract to one of the special sessions created for this meeting, or consider submitting a contributed paper in one of the following topic areas or any related topic:

Don't miss this chance to attend scientific sessions targeting your specific needs and interests and to meet with your colleagues to review the latest developments in your field.

Meeting Themes The meeting is organized by themes to allow meeting participants to follow certain avenues of ocean sciences. For details on the following sessions, please see the Ocean Sciences meeting program.

Healthy Marine Fisheries

Sustainable Coasts
Better Understanding of the Ocean and Its Multiple Impacts on Society

Program Committee Program Co-Chair
: Silvia L. Garzoli, NOAA/AOML, Physical Oceanography Division, 4301 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149-1097, Phone: +1-305-361-4338, Fax: +1-305-361-4412, E-mail:

Program Co-Chair
: Linda Duguay, Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, Phone: +1-703-306-1033, Fax: +1-703-306-0139, E-mail:

Mary G. Altalo, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 02747, Phone: +1-619-534-2836, Fax: +1-619-453-0167, E-mail:

Jack Barth, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, 104 Ocean Admin. Bldg., Corvallis, OR 97331-5503, Phone: +1-541-737-1607, E-mail:

Eric Chassignet, RSMAS MPO, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149. Phone: +1-305-361-4041, Fax: +1-305-361-4696, E-mail:

Dennis Hansell, Bermuda Biological Station, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, 17 Biological Lane, St. Georges GE01, Bermuda, Phone: +1-441-297-1880, ext. 210, Fax: +1-441-297-8143, E-mail:

Chet Koblinsky, Oceans and Ice Branch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Mail Code 971, Greenbelt, MD 20771, Phone: +1-301-286-4718, Fax: +1-301-286-0240, E-mail:

Polly A. Penhale, Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, Phone: +1-703-306-1033, Fax: +1-703-306-0139, E-mail:

Phil Richardson, WHOI, MS 21, Woods Hole, MA 02543, Phone: +1-508-289-2487, Fax: +1-508-457-2181, E-mail:

Mary Scranton, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Marine Sciences Research Center, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5000, Phone: +1-516-632-8735, Fax: +1-516-632-8820,

Something for Students We encourage students to participate in this meeting by submitting an abstract and attending presentations. All first-author students presenting a poster are eligible to win an Outstanding Student Paper Award.

In addition, Student Travel Grants will be available to a select number of student members who are presenting a paper at the meeting and whose research is not supported by a grant or contract. Students receive a reduced registration fee and student members receive further discounts. For more information, please contact Wynetta Singhateh by e-mail: or call 1-800-966-2481, ext. 310 or +1-202-939-3223.

Something for Everyone In addition to providing an exciting scientific program and excellent networking opportunities, the 1998 Ocean Sciences Meeting will offer these benefits:

Important Abstract Policies
  1. Abstracts submitted by postal/express mail or by e-mail must be received at AGU Headquarters no later than October 9, 1997. Abstracts submitted using the Interactive Web Form must be received at AGU headquarters no later than October 16, 1997 at 11:59 P.M. Abstracts received after this deadline will be returned without consideration. Send mail submissions (original and two copies) to 1998 Ocean Sciences Meeting, American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009.
  2. Abstracts must be submitted in English.
  3. Abstracts must be in the proper format, including text, title, and complete author information
  4. AGU staff cannot make any changes or corrections to abstracts. Proofread your abstract prior to submission. Abstracts received are considered final copy.
  5. Abstracts must be accompanied by submittal payment (mail submissions may be accompanied by a purchase order). The abstract submittal fee is nonrefundable, including duplicate submissions (please do not submit your abstract to AGU more than once).
  6. Abstracts will not be accepted by fax or telecopier.
  7. Abstracts must be submitted by members of AGU or ASLO unless they are sponsored by a member of AGU or ASLO or accompanied by an AGU or ASLO membership application (with payment).
  8. A person as first author may submit only one contributed paper for consideration by the Program Committee for inclusion in the program. An appropriate member of the Program Committee may invite one additional first-authored abstract from the first author of a contributed abstract. Invitation of any additional first-authored abstracts by the same person requires prior approval by one of the Program Co-Chairs.
  9. Abstracts submitted electronically will receive a confirmation by e-mail. Verification of receipt will also be available via the AGU Web Site,, beginning October 10, 1997. Those without access to the World Wide Web may contact AGU after October 20, 1997, for confirmation of receipt.
  10. Submission of an abstract carries with it the obligation to present the paper in the mode of presentation (oral or poster) and on the day and time assigned by the Program Committee. Abstracts will be scheduled Monday through Friday. Your paper could be scheduled on any day of the week. Once scheduled, presentations may NOT be moved.
  11. Acceptance letters will be mailed to the corresponding author in early December.
  12. All accepted abstracts will be published in Eos. Submission of an abstract for the meeting is presumed to carry with it permission for AGU to reproduce the abstract in Eos, the AGU Web Site, meeting programs, and reports related to the meeting. It is also presumed to permit the free copying of the abstract. Although Eos is a copyrighted publication, authors are not required to transfer copyright for abstracts submitted to meetings. Copyright, where it exists, will be reserved by the authors.
  13. If you are submitting an abstract to a special session, in addition to sending your abstract with payment to AGU, you must also send a copy of your abstract to the special session convener.

Special Sessions Special sessions approved by the Program Committee are now available.

If you are submitting an abstract to a special session, include the special session number and title in section 5a of the abstract submittal information. In addition to sending your abstract with payment to AGU, you must also send a copy of your abstract to the primary special session convener. Sending a copy of your abstract to a convener, however, does not constitute sending it to AGU. Abstracts must be received at AGU headquarters by October 9, 1997 for postal/express mail or e-mail submissions, or by October 16, 1997 for interactive web form submissions.

This meeting will cover topics on all areas of ocean sciences. In addition to these special sessions, abstracts may be submitted as part of a contributed session (indicate this in section 10 of the abstract submittal information), and other sessions will be developed by the Program Committee. Contributed papers on any ocean sciences related topic are encouraged.

Abstract Submission Information

General Information

Abstracts may be submitted either by mail or electronically, via e-mail or the World Wide Web. Abstracts submitted by postal/express mail or by e-mail must be received at AGU Headquarters by October 9, 1997. Abstracts submitted by the Interactive Web Form must be received at AGU by October 16, 1997.

Electronic submissions are highly recommended:

Submissions via the Interactive Web Form are strongly recommended:

AGU Web Site

Abstract Submission Deadline: October 16, 1997


Abstract Submission Deadline: October 9, 1997
Send e-mail to to obtain the four files that make up the "Author Package," i.e., complete instructions and template for submitting abstracts to the 1998 Ocean Sciences Meeting by e-mail. (Do not use old files from previous AGU meetings to compose your abstract as they are obsolete and will not allow the information to be received by AGU correctly.)


FTP to • Use anonymous as user name

• Use guest as password

• Type cd meetings/oceans to access correct directory

• Type get reados98.doc for electronic abstract submission introduction

• The directory also contains the following files:
os98ab.sty - LaTeX style file
os98frm.tex - E-mail LaTeX Template
os98ins.txt - E-mail instructions
index.txt - Index Term List

The deadline for abstracts submitted by E-mail is October 9, 1997.

Abstract Submissions by Mail

General Information

Abstracts submitted by postal/express mail must be received at AGU Headquarters by October 9, 1997.

The abstract page is divided into two parts: the submittal information and the abstract itself. Please follow the instructions for both carefully and refer to the sample abstract to prepare your final version for submission.

To avoid processing errors, send each abstract (one original and two copies) in a separate envelope. Do not include a cover letter, as the submittal information will be sufficient.

Please send one original and two copies with payment for delivery by October 9, 1997, to:

1998 Ocean Sciences Meeting
American Geophysical Union
2000 Florida Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009

Submittal Information

Numbered sections below refer to the items required in the submittal information area of the abstract. Submittal information must be typed to the right of the abstract copy (see sample abstract). Please complete each item.

  1. Title of Meeting (1998 Ocean Sciences Meeting)
  2. Membership Identification. Abstracts may be submitted only by members of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO); nonmembers must have sponsorship by an AGU or ASLO member, including invited abstracts, or enclose an AGU or ASLO membership application with payment. AGU members: type in your AGU identification (ID) number. ASLO members: type in ASLO. Nonmembers: type the name and ID number of the AGU member or name of the ASLO member sponsor, or indicate that membership application is enclosed. (AGU membership applications are available on the AGU Web Site,, or call 1-800-966-2481 or 1-202-462-6900 or e-mail:
  3. Corresponding Author: a) Name and mailing address of the author to whom all correspondence should be sent; b) Corresponding author's telephone number; c) Corresponding author's fax number; d) Corresponding author's e-mail address.
  4. Section to which abstract is submitted. Use the following letter abbreviations: AS (Atmospheric Sciences); ES (Estuarine Sciences); L (Limnology); O (Oceanography); and OT (Ocean Technology).
  5. Special Session/Index Terms: a) Type the special session number and title to which submittal is made, if applicable. (In addition to submitting the abstract to AGU, send a copy of the abstract to the special session convener(s). Addresses, etc., will be published with the special session descriptions.); b) Type the number and description of at least three index terms that best fit the topic of your abstract. Index terms are available: on the AGU Web Site, (click on "Publications," then "Tips and Tools for Authors," then "List of Index Terms"); by sending an e-mail message to; by FTP (FTP to; use anonymous as username; use guest as password; type cd meetings/spring to access correct directory; type get indxterm.doc); or by fax or mail upon request.
  6. Indicate mode of presentation desired: Poster (P); Poster Computer* (PC); or Poster Video* (PV). Important: The final decision regarding presentation mode will be made by the Program Committee. Once the program is arranged, papers may not be moved. *If you selected PC, please indicate if you will need an internet connection. Please note that AGU will charge approximately for PC/PV equipment rentals (IBM and MAC compatible PCs only). Additional charges will apply for more sophisticated equipment.
  7. Indicate the percent of material previously presented or published and where.
  8. Submittal Fee. List the amount and type of payment enclosed. Payment in U.S. dollars must accompany the abstract. The submittal fee is nonrefundable.
    Standard Abstract: 11.8 cm x 18 cm (or less) Regular member: $60*
    Student member: $30**
    Extended Abstract: 11.8 cm x 28 cm Regular member: $70
    Student Member: $40**
    *Fee Discount: If payment is made by check, bank draft, money order, or credit card, the regular member fee is reduced to . (Discount does not apply to students or extended abstract submissions.)
    **The student rate is applicable only when the first author is a student presenting his/her own paper.
  9. Indicate whether the abstract is contributed (C) or invited (I). If invited, the name of the program committee member who invited the abstract must be provided; if no name is provided, the abstract will be treated as contributed.
  10. Indicate any special requests here; do not send a cover letter . If your abstract is being submitted to a contributed session (a session other than a published special session), please indicate the session topic and organizer's name (if known) here. If you would be willing to chair a session in your field, please indicate which section and your choice of topic area. If selected, you will be contacted by a program committee member.
  11. If a student author is presenting his/her own paper, indicate YES.

    Important Dates

    For More Information Please contact the AGU Meetings Department, 2000 Florida Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20009, Phone: 1-800-966-2481 or +1-202-462-6910, ext. 242, Fax: +1-202-328-0566.

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