Registration and Events Information

1998 Spring Meeting
Boston, Massachusetts
May 26-29 1998
(Tuesday through Friday)

Social Activities and Business Meetings

Ice Breaker Reception

Monday, May 25
5:30-7:00 P.M.
Ballroom B, Hynes Convention Center

Complimentary Refreshments

9:30-10:30 A.M.
2:30-3:30 P.M.
Exhibit Hall C, Hynes Convention Center

Honors Ceremony, Reception, and Banquet

Wednesday, May 27
5:30 P.M. Ceremony
Salon E
Reception immediately following Ceremony
7:30 P.M. Banquet
Salon F
Boston Marriott Hotel
Join in and pay tribute to the 1998 AGU medalists and fellows.
$ 40 per person (ticketed event)

AGU Council Meeting

Thursday, May 28
5:30 P.M.
Immediately followed by the AGU Annual Business Meeting America North, Westin Hotel

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Section and Union Events

Section Luncheons

Tuesday, May 26
12:00-1:30 P.M.
Boston Marriott Hotel
$ 20 per person (ticketed event)

Section Reception

Tuesday, May 26
5:30-7:00 P.M.
Salons H-K, Boston Marriott Hotel

Section Receptions

Tuesday, May 26
6:30 P.M.-8:00 P.M.
Boston Marriott Hotel

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Bowie Lectures
The Bowie Lecture Series was inaugurated in 1989 to honor the memory of the distinguished scientists who have received the Bowie Medal.

Tuesday, May 26

Langbein Lecture, "Land Ice on Earth: A Beginning of a Global Synthesis" presentation by Mark F. Meier (H21D), 10:30 A.M., Room 210. Mark Meier has spent forty years at the forefront of understanding glacial processes. He is an INSTAAR Fellow and Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado. Previously, he has held positions at the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Washington and Dartmouth College. His current research focuses on (1) glacier dynamics, especially the relation between the rate of sliding on the bed and the basal water system, (2) iceberg calving, and (3) the relation between changes in land ice and global sea level, both at the present and that to be expected with a future "greenhouse" warming of the atmosphere. Other research interests include use of scaling techniques to infer global glacier distributions of area and thickness; geophysical impacts on Earth of ice growth and wastage; snow, glacier, and mountain hydrology; the response of glaciers to climate change; and remote sensing of ice and snow. He has received numerous awards for his research including the 1996 AGU Horton Medal.

Birch Lecture, "The Plate Tectonic Approximation: Plate Nonrigidity and Diffuse Plate Boundaries" presentation by Richard G. Gordon (T22C), 5:10 P.M., Room 210. While an immense research effort over the last 30-40 years has established the central tenets and assumptions of Plate Tectonics, a number of critical paradoxes remain, principally involving the nonrigidity of plate interiors and the widths of continental and oceanic plate boundaries. Rich Gordon has been at the center of those studies attempting to map and understand plate kinematics and intraplate deformations, most notably in the central Indian ocean. The Birch lecture will focus on the data and interpretations defining the distribution and rates of intraplate deformation within continental cratonic and oceanic settings, and the implications of these deformations to the development of diffuse plate boundaries, plate fragmentation, and the working "rules" of Plate Tectonics. The Birch Lecture is an hour-long invited lecture at the Spring Meeting in honor of Francis Birch, a pioneer in the study of heat flow in the Earth and physical properties of rocks and minerals.

Daly Lecture, "Variations in Mantle Temperature and Composition: Inferences From Ocean Ridge Basalts" presentation by Charles H. Langmuir (V22C), 4:00 P.M., Room 102.

Nicolet Lecture, "The Energetics of Ionospheres" presentation byAndrew F. Nagy (SA22C), 5:00 P.M., Room 312. The prestigious Nicolet lecture will be given by Dr. Andrew Nagy from the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences of the University of Michigan. Dr. Nagy will trace the history of Aeronomy and ionospheric sciences from their inception, describe where the discipline now stands, and list the major unresolved issues that need to be addressed.

Wednesday, May 27

Charney Lecture, "Chemistry, Radiation and Climate: What Are the Connections?" presentation by James G. Anderson (A31D), 8:30 A.M., Room 210. The Charney Lecture, presented this year by Prof. James G. Anderson, of Harvard University, highlights some of the non-linear linkages in chemistry, radiation, dynamics and climate that are coupled within the Earth system. Examples of these connections will include discussions of ozone thinning over mid-latitudes of the northern hemisphere, the effects of subsonic aircraft and proposed supersonic aircraft on ozone, mechanisms controlling water vapor in the lower stratosphere, and the photochemical production of ozone in the mid-upper troposphere. Recent advances in these topics will be considered in the context of reviewing key "lessons learned" over the past decade. This review will provide a foundation for discussion of new directions in Earth system research.

Thursday, May 28

Cox Lecture, "Is It Worth Modifying the Geocentric Axial Dipole Model of the Time-Averaged Paleomagnetic Field?" presentation by Dennis V. Kent (GP42B), 4:00 P.M., Room 112. Dr. Kent has been a major contributor to the field of paleomagnetism over the past several decades. He will speak about the evidence for the deviation of the geomagnetic field from a dipolar geometry, one of the basic underlying assumptions of paleomagnetism. Dr. Kent's work in this area is a fitting subject for a Cox Lecture since Allan Cox examined this topic almost twenty five years ago.

Section Lecture
Tuesday, May 26

Rachel Carson Lecture, "Relating Structure and Function in Marine Ecosystems" presentation by Sallie W. Chisholm (OS22C), 4:00 P.M., Room 106. The 1998 Spring Meeting includes the debut of a new named lecture series, named in honor of Rachel Carson. In keeping with Rachel Carson's work, the theme of the Carson Lecture is cutting-edge ocean science, especially that science relevant to societal concerns. Sallie W. Chisholm, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Biology, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the first Carson Lecture speaker. Chisholm's lecture will stress the unique roles that different organisms play in regulating biogeochemical cycles in marine systems and on a global scale.

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Special Events

Space Physics and Aeronomy Section Agency Night
Thursday, May 28
5:15 P.M.-6:15 P.M.
Hynes Convention Center
Room 310
George Withbroe (NASA) and Rich Behnke (NSF) will talk with section members about plans and directions for their respective agency and its programs and how these will affect the research community. George Withbroe's talk is entitled, "Discussion of Solar Terrestrial Probes."

NSF-GEO Town Meeting
Thursday, May 28
5:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M.
Hynes Convention Center
Room 208
The focus of the GEO Town Meeting will be to gather community input into the long-range plan that the Directorate for Geosciences is developing to address the infrastructure and facilities needs for the next five years.
The primary speakers will be Dr. Robert Corell, Assistant Director for Geosciences, and Dr. G. Michael Purdy, Division Director for Ocean Sciences, as the person within the Directorate responsible for the long-range plan. Representatives from the other two GEO divisions (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) will also be in attendance.

Mars: Search for Evidence of Past Climates
Thursday, May 28
7:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.
Hynes Convention Center
Room 112
Raymond E. Arvidson, Interdisciplinary Scientist, Mars Global Surveyor, will provide a 10-minute overview of the Mars Surveyor Program, focusing on plans for the 2001 rover mission and the objective of sampling ancient sedimentary rocks that may have preserved evidence of warm wet conditions, organic compounds, and microbial life. Michael C. Malin, Mars Orbiter Camera Principal Investigator, will then discuss results from recent high resolution Mars Global Surveyor MOC images that provide unprecedented insights into the extent to which ancient terrains have been modified by erosion and deposition and thus the likelihood that ancient rocks indicative of past climatic conditions are exposed on the surface. Questions will be taken for 10 to 20 minutes.

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Workshops for Teachers

Geophysical Information for Teachers (GIFT)
Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28
8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Boston Marriott Hotel
Vermont Room
A 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 Geoscience
Saturday, May 30
8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
Boston Marriott Hotel
Vermont Room
This workshop, sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) and funded partially by NSF, is designed to give participants specific strategies for more effective teaching, emphasizing innovative techniques for more actively engaging students in the classroom, lab, and field. The workshop is aimed toward those currently holding faculty positions and toward graduate students interested in teaching careers. The workshop is free, but space is limited to 40 registered participants. Register by contacting Heather Macdonald, Department of Geology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23187, Phone: +1-757-221-2443, E-mail: Registration deadline is May 8, 1998.

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Attention Undergraduates!

A new registration category has been added specifically for undergraduate students. The registration rates are $20 for one day or $40 for more than one day. We encourage you to take advantage of these special registration rates and attend the Spring Meeting.

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Meeting Services

Message and Information Center

A telephone message and information center will be located in the registration area of the Hynes Convention Center, Tuesday through Thursday, 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., and Friday, 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. To reach the Message Center during the meeting, call +1-617-954-3857. Telephone messages will be posted on prominent message boards. Individuals cannot be paged. Outside of registration hours it is recommended that messages be left at the attendee's hotel. Names and numbers of hotels are listed. Fax and photocopying services will also be available.

Public Information

How to Reach the Public
As part of AGU's goal to promote public understanding of geophysics, AGU operates a press room and holds press conferences at its national meetings. News releases and copies of journal articles about research being presented at the meeting are made available to reporters in the press room, Room 105 at the Hynes Convention Center.

If you are presenting research that could be of interest to the general public, you can contact the public information office at your institution or agency in advance of the meeting for help in writing a news release. For more information about planning news conferences or other public information activities, contact: Harvey Leifert, Public Information Manger, AGU, 2000 Florida Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20009, Phone: +1-202-462-6900, ext. 381,
Fax: +1-202-328-0566, E-mail:

Job Center

The Job Center will be located in the Hynes Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C, Tuesday through Thursday, 8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M., and Friday, 8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M.

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.

In addition, the following career opportunities will also be available:

Child Care

KiddieCorp will offer professional child care services at the Spring Meeting, Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, May 29, 8:15 A.M.-5:15 P.M. 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 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 Spring Meeting, contact KiddieCorp by phone at +1-619-455-1718 or by e-mail at Advance reservations are required. Preregistration deadline is May 5, 1998.

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


E-mail terminals will be available in Exhibit Hall C of the Hynes Convention Center, Tuesday through Friday, 7:30 A.M.-6:00 P.M.

Accessibility for Registrants with Disabilities

AGU wants to ensure that all people have access to the sessions and events they wish to attend at this meeting. AGU will gladly assist with arrangements for anyone with special requirements. If you have special needs, AGU will work with its 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 +1-202-462-6910, ext. 242 for more information on these services.


Exhibits will be located in Exhibit Hall C of the Hynes Convention Center. Be sure to make plans to stop 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, May 26-28, 8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Only the AGU Booth will be open Friday, May 29, 8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M. The AGU Booth will sell books, journals, maps, memberships, gift items, and memorabilia.

Exhibitors: AGU offers you the 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 Spring Meeting. The exhibit booth fee includes complimentary meeting registration(s), abstract volume(s), and program(s). For additional information please contact Karol Snyder, Advertising/Exhibits Manager, Phone: +1-202-939-3205, E-mail:

Exhibitors Registered as of March 29, 1998:
Academia Book Exhibits
Academic Press
Air Force Research Lab
American Association of Petroleum Geologists American Astronomical Society/SPD
American Geophysical Union
American Meteorological Society
ASC Scientific
Cambridge University Press
Center for Monitoring Research
Elsevier Science
The Geochemical Society
The Geological Society of America
The Great Atlantic Trading Company, Ltd.
High Performance Systems, Inc.
Howard Minerals
The Johns Hopkins University
The MathWorks, Inc.
Mineralogical Society of America
NASA/Global Change Master Directory
National Research Council
National Science Foundation
Naval Research Laboratory
Research Systems, Inc.
Southwest Research Institute
Union of Concerned Scientists
VG Elemental
Yankee Environmental Systems, Inc.

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Poster Presentation Guidelines

Posterboard Size: 4 feet high X 6' wide (less one-inch frame)
For additional information, please contact the AGU Meetings Department at 1-800-966-2481 or +1-202-462-6910, ext. 215, or e-mail

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Oral Presentation Guidelines


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Registration Information

Preregistration Deadline: April 24, 1998

Preregistration for the Spring Meeting is now closed. Individuals must now register on-site at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street.

Ordering of Spring Meeting Abstracts

Abstract volumes are available only to subscribers or to meeting participants who purchase them, either in advance or on-site.

How to Register

Individuals must now register on-site at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street. Registration will be located on the 2nd Level. See registration hours listed below.

Payment can be made by American Express, VISA, Mastercard, check (payable to AGU), postal money order, bank draft, or cash (U.S. dollars). Purchase orders will not be accepted for payment of registration.

On-Site Registration Hours

On-site registration will be located in the Hynes Convention Center, Hall C Registration on the 2nd Level.

Monday, May 25
4:00-7:00 P.M.

Tuesday, May 26 to Thursday, May 28
7:30 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Friday, May 29
7:30 A.M.-2:00 P.M.

Guest Registration

Guests or spouses not attending the scientific sessions may register at the meeting at no charge. Guests who wish to attend a section event or the Honors Banquet 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

April 24, 1998
April 24, 1998
Regular Member
(More than 1-Day)$ 215 $ 250
(1-Day)$ 108 $ 143
Student Member
(More than 1-Day)$ 95 $ 130
(1-Day)$ 47 $ 82
(More than 1-Day)$ 30 $40
(1-Day)$ 15 $ 20
Retired Senior Member**
(More than 1-Day)$ 95 $ 130
(1-Day)$ 47 $ 82
(More than 1-Day)$ 255 $ 290
(1-Day)$ 128 $ 163
Student Nonmember
(More than 1-Day)$ 135 $ 170
(1-Day)$ 67 $ 102

* Student ID required at time of registration
** Age 65 or older and retired from full-time employment
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Hotel Accommodations

Housing Deadline: April 24, 1998
AGU has blocked rooms at several properties in Boston, within walking distance of the Hynes Convention Center (900 Boylston Street), that will suit a variety of budgets and tastes. Rooms have been selected on the basis of location, availability, price, safety, and desirability.

To Make Reservations
The official housing deadline has now passed. All of AGU's official hotel blocks are sold out. Please contact one of the following reservation services for assistance in making hotel accommodations:

1. Accommodations Express, 1-800-444-7666
2. Boston Reservations, 1-800-754-7470
3. Citywide Reservations, 1-800-248-9121
4. Hotel Reservations Net, 1-800-964-6835
5. Meegan Reservations, 1-800-332-3026

For all hotels listed, check-in time is 3:00 P.M. and check-out time is 12:00 P.M. Room rates do not include 12.45% state and local taxes.

Location Map for Hotels in the Vicinity of the Hynes Convention Center

boston map

* - Hynes Convention Center

1. Boston Marriott Copley Place
110 Huntington Avenue
Phone: +1-617-236-8500
Rates: $129 single or double
Parking for hotel guests: $24 per day (valet)

2. Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue
Phone: +1-617-262-9600
Rates: $139 single, $159 double
Parking for hotel guests: $24 per day (valet only)

3. MidTown Hotel
220 Huntington Avenue
Phone: +1-617-262-1000
Rates: $114 single or double
Parking for hotel guests: One free parking place per guest room.

4. John Hancock Conference Center
40 Trinity Place
Phone: +1-617-572-7700
Rates: $120 single, $130 double (continental breakfast included)
Parking: John Hancock public parking garage across the street, $20 per day

5. Chandler Inn
26 Chandler at Berkeley
Phone: +1-617-482-3450
Rates: $102 single, $112 double
Parking: Public parking one block away at the corner of Warren and Berkeley, $16 per day

5. Back Bay Hilton
40 Dalton Street
Phone: +1-617-236-1100
Rates: $129 single, $149 double
Parking: $17 per day

Confirmation of Reservation

PLEASE NOTE: If you made your hotel reservation between March 10 and March 22 through the AGU Housing Bureau, we encourage you to contact your assigned hotel to confirm your reservation. If the hotel shows no record of your reservation, or if you have not received a confirmation notice, please contact AGU's housing bureau as soon as possible by calling 1-800-399-2282 or +1-617-923-8088, or Fax: +1-617-923-7737.

Changes/Cancellations/Refund Policy
Changes and cancellations must be made directly with your assigned hotel. Cancellations made after April 24, 1998, are eligible for a refund of your deposit, less a $15.50 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made within 7 days prior to arrival. Please note: checking out of your hotel earlier than reserved may result in the loss of your deposit.

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Student Housing at Boston University

Housing Deadline: April 24, 1998
The deadline for reservations at Boston University has now passed, and AGU is no longer accepting reservation forms.

AGU has blocked rooms at Boston University to offer a discount housing option for students. Accommodations will be located in Warren Towers, 700 Commonwealth Avenue, a non-air-conditioned dormitory. Bathroom facilities are shared (two main bathroom areas on each floor). No telephones or clocks are provided in the rooms. Pay phones are available for outgoing calls, and messages for incoming calls may be received at the Warren Towers front desk, +1-617-353-6109. The room rates are $42 per night for a single room, or $66 per night for a double room.

An optional meal plan is available for breakfast. Cafeteria style meals are served daily in the dining hall. Sunday brunch is served 11:30am-1:30pm and costs $7.50. Breakfast is served 7:00am-9:00am and costs $6.00. In addition, there are several fast food restaurants within walking distance of the dorm for your convenience.

Overnight parking is available to guests for a fee of approximately $10.00 per day. The parking lot is located approximately one block from the dorm, at 766 Commonwealth Avenue. Please indicate on your housing form (published in the January 27 issue of Eos) if you plan to drive and use the parking facilities.

Access to the Case Athletic Center is also available to guests for a fee of $5.00 per day.

Transportation to and from the Spring Meeting activities at the Hynes Convention Center is an easy two-stop ride on Boston's T-Line. Depart from the Boston University Central station and ride it to the Hynes Convention Center station. The Hynes station is located on Massachusetts Avenue between Newberry and Boylston Streets. The Convention Center is located on Boylston Street, just one block from the corner of Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue. To return to Boston University, take the Green line "B" train to the Boston University Central stop. A one-way fare is approximately $0.85. Exact change and/or tokens are accepted by the conductor.

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Travel Services Information

Airline Discounts

Save money on your travel costs to Boston! Discounts and special fares are available through United Airlines and Southwest Airlines. United is offering 5% off lowest available fares and First Class, and 10% off regular coach fares with 7-day advance purchase. Save an additional 5% when you purchase tickets at least 60 days prior to travel date. Southwest Airlines is offering a 10% discount on most of its already low fares.

To obtain these special discount fares, you or your travel agent must call the airline's Meeting and Convention Office at the number listed below and be sure to provide the airline's discount number.
1-800-521-4041 (7:00 A.M.-12:00 A.M. EST)
Meeting ID #569RS
Make reservations at least 60 days before your travel date for greatest savings!

1-800-433-5368 (8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M.)
ID# J5198
Make reservations by May 18, 1998 for greatest savings!

Insurance Coverage
Participants traveling from outside the U.S. may wish to purchase accident and medical insurance protection during their visit to Boston. 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

For more information, please contact
AGU Meetings Department
2000 Florida Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 1-800-966-2481 or +1-202-462-6910, ext. 215
Fax: +1-202-328-0566
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