General Information
1998 Spring Meeting
Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts
May 26-29, 1998
(Tuesday through Friday)

Sponsors The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is a society of over 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 Astronomical Society, Solar Physics Division (AAS/SPD), established 1899, is the major professional organization in North America for astronomers and other individuals interested in astronomy.

The Geochemical Society (GS) encourages the application of chemistry to the solution of geological and cosmological problems.

The Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) provides a forum for individuals interested in mineralogy, crystallography, and petrology.

Spring Meeting The 1998 Spring Meeting will offer four days of scientific programming, beginning Tuesday, May 26, through Friday, May 29. Registration and the opening reception are scheduled for the evening of Monday, May 25, which is Memorial Day.

This meeting is expected to be the largest Spring Meeting ever, with an estimated 3,500 in attendance.

New Location for Spring Meeting - Boston! Join us in this exciting new location for the Spring Meeting! Boston is one of the most popular and desirable visitor destinations in the world. As an international center for education, high technology, finance, architecture and medicine, Boston maintains its reputation as a world-class city. Boston claims the highest student population in the United States, with more than 60 colleges and universities.

Boston is also a city rich in history, culture, and excitement. Boston's role in shaping American history is unique among all other cities. People are eager to see the places where the American Revolution was conceived and began; from the Boston Tea Party Ship to the Old North Church, history is on every corner in Boston. Boston's many museums, concert halls, theatres, nightclubs, and shopping areas are always buzzing with activity. With a wide array of diverse and interesting attractions, visitors to Boston are never at a loss for something to do.

All scientific sessions and exhibits will take place at the Hynes Convention Center, located at 900 Boylston Street in Boston. Section luncheons and receptions will be held at the Boston Marriott Hotel, adjacent to the convention center and connected via skywalk.

Program This meeting provides an outstanding opportunity for researchers, teachers, students, and consultants to review the latest issues affecting the Earth, the planets, and their environment in space.

This meeting will cover topics on all areas of geophysical sciences, and therefore contributed papers on any topic in geophysics are encouraged. Because of the close ties between many aspects of geophysics, special steps are being taken to facilitate sessions involving multiple sections. These include the scheduling of Union sessions and the joint sponsorship of sessions by multiple sections.

The session summary will be published in the April 14 issue of Eos. Also, see the 1998 Spring Meeting Session Highlights for details about many of the sessions.

In addition, there are several named lectures at the 1998 Spring Meeting:

Daly Lecture: "Variations in Mantle Temperature and Composition: Inferences From Ocean Ridge Basalts" presented by Charles H. Langmuir

Langbein Lecture: "Land Ice on Earth: A Beginning of a Global Synthesis" presented by Mark F. Meier

Nicolet Lecture:"The Energetics of Ionospheres" presented byAndrew F. Nagy

Rachel Carson Lecture: "Relating Structure and Function in Marine Ecosystems" presented by Sallie W. Chisholm

Charney Lecture:"Chemistry, Radiation and Climate: What Are the Connections?" presented by James G. Anderson

Birch Lecture: "The Plate Tectonic Approximation: Plate Nonrigidity and Diffuse Plate Boundaries" presented by Richard G. Gordon

Cox Lecture: "Is It Worth Modifying the Geocentric Axial Dipole Model of the Time-Averaged Paleomagnetic Field?" presented by Dennis V. Kent

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! The preregistration deadline is April 24, 1998. Register today via the interactive registration form.

Information is also available on special events and activities at the Spring Meeting. Go to the refregistration and housing information section for details.

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Something for Students

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

Abstract Submission Information

General Information

The abstract deadlines have now passed. We are no longer receiving abstract submissions for the 1998 Spring Meeting.

1998 Spring Program Committee New Committee Structure: Traditionally, one committee has served both the annual Fall and Spring Meetings. At the 1997 Spring Meeting, the AGU Council established one Program Committee for each meeting, with separate and distinct chairpersons and section representatives.

This change in structure will allow a dedicated Spring Meeting Program Committee to concentrate on programming for just the Spring Meeting.

The following is the new Spring Meeting Program Committee, chaired by Tom Herring of MIT.

Program Committee Meeting Chairman, Thomas A. Herring (U), Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Room 54-618, MIT, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139, Phone: +1-617-253-5941, Fax: +1-617-253-1699, E-mail:

Atmospheric Sciences (A): Richard Arimoto, Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring & Research Center, New Mexico State University, Carlsbad, NM 88220-3575, Phone: +1-505-234-5501, E-mail:

Geodesy (G), Erricos C. Pavlis, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Space Geodesy Branch, Code 926, Greenbelt, MD 20771-0001, Phone: +1-301-286-4880, Fax: +1-301-286-1760, E-mail: *(see below)

Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism (GP), Kenneth P. Kodama, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, 31 Williams Hall Drive, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015-3188, Phone: +1-610-861-3663, Fax: +1-610-758-3677, E-mail:

Geochemical Society (GS), Bill McDonough, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, 20 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138, Phone: +1-617-496-2010, Fax: +1-617-496-0434 or +1-617-495-8839, E-mail:

Hydrology (H), Stuart Rojstaczer, Department of Geology, Duke University, 103 Old Chemistry Building, Durham, NC 27708-0230, Phone: +1-919-684-3159, Fax: +1-919-684-5833, E-mail:

Mineralogical Society of America (M), Pamela C. Burnley, Georgia State University, Department of Geology, 340 Kell Hall, 24 Peachtree Center Ave., Atlanta, GA 30303, Phone: +1-404-651-2700 or 2272, Fax: +1-404-651-1376, E-mail:

Ocean Sciences (OS): Lisa C. Sloan, Department of Earth Science, University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, Phone.: +1-408-459-3693, Fax: +1-408-459-3074, E-mail:

Planetology (P), Bruce A. Campbell, National Air & Space Museum, CEPS Room 3785, Washington, DC 20560, Phone: +1-202-357-1424, Fax: +1-202-786-2566, E-mail:

Seismology (S), Rob Van der Hilst, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, MIT, Room 54-514, Cambridge MA 02139, Phone: +1-617-253-6977, Fax: +1-617-258-9697, E-mail:

Space Physics and Aeronomy (SPA), Chair: Edmond C. Roelof (SH), Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Rd., Laurel, MD 20723-6009, Phone: +1-240-228-5411, Fax: +1-240-228-6670, E-mail:; Committee Members: Odile de La Beaujardiere (SA), Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Suite 755, Arlington, VA 22230, Phone: +1-703-306-1029, Fax: +1-703-306-0648, E-mail:; Thomas E. Moore (SM), Interplanetary Physics Branch, Lab for Extraterrestrial Physics, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 692, Bldg.2, Rm. 138, Greenbelt, MD 20771, Phone: +1-301-286-5236, Fax: +1-301-286-1683, E-mail:

American Astronomical Society/Solar Physics Division (SPD), Chair: Stephen Kahler, Chair, Solar Physics Division, Phillips Lab/GPSS, 29 Randolph Rd., Hanscom AFB, MA 01731-3010, Phone: +1-617-377-9665, E-mail:; Committee Member: John Thomas, Vice Chair, Solar Physics Division, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627, E-mail:

Tectonophysics (T), Garry D. Karner, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY 10964, Phone: +1-914-365-8355, Fax: +1-914-365-8156, E-mail:; Committee Members: Jerry Mitrovica, Dept. of Physics, University of Toronto, 60 St. George St., Toronto ON M5S 1A7, Canada, Fax: +1-416-978-7606; Mathilde Cannat, University of Pierre & Marie Curie, Lab Petrologie Magmatologie, 4 Pl Jussieu Tour 26, Paris 75252, France, Phone: +33-1-44275192, Fax: +33-1-44273911, E-mail: *(see below)

Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology (V), James A. Tyburczy, Department of Geology, Arizona State University, Box 871404, Tempe, AZ 85287-1404, Phone: +1-602-965-2637, Fax: +1-602-965-8102, E-mail: *(see below)

*Mineral and Rock Physics: The sections of G, T, and V are including a member of the Mineral and Rock Physics Technical Committee to assist in planning some sessions. Pamela C. Burnley is a subcommittee member for these sections and will be organizing sessions related specifically to rock and mineral physics: Pamela C. Burnley, Georgia State University, Department of Geology, 340 Kell Hall, 24 Peachtree Center Ave., Atlanta, GA 30303, Phone: +1-404-651-2700 or 2272, Fax: +1-404-651-1376, E-mail:

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