Call for Papers 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting

August 8, 2011 - via The Oceanography Society

2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting Call for Papers
20 – 24 February 2012, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

This joint meeting is an international gathering of more than 4,000 attendees and is being sponsored by TOS, AGU and ASLO.

TOS, AGU and ASLO invite the submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentation. You must submit before the abstract deadline of 23:59 pm Central Daylight Time on 7 October 2011 (04:59 Greenwich Mean Time on 8 October 2011) in order for your abstract to be considered. Registration and payment of all fees are due at the time of abstract submission and are payable in U.S. Dollars. Links to TOS, AGU and ASLO websites will be provided so that you may join or renew membership in one or more societies to take advantage of the discounted registration rate for participating society members.

Summary of Important Dates
Call for Papers Issued..................................................................Summer 2011
Abstract Submission Deadline and
Early Registration Ends............................................................ 7 October 2011
Authors Notified.......................................................................December 2011
Student & Early Career Travel Awardees Notified...........December 2011
Program Schedule Posted............................................................January 2012
Meeting........................................................................... 20 – 24 February 2012

Session Information
Sessions for the meeting are organized into the following 18 categories:
1. Geology and geophysics
2. Physical oceanography and limnology
3. Biological oceanography, aquatic biology
4. Chemical oceanography, aquatic chemistry
5. Watersheds, lakes, rivers, estuaries
6. Nearshore and coastal regions
7. High latitude studies
8. Climate change, environmental change, ocean acidifcation
9. Ecosystems: processes, assessment, and management
10. Education, scientific outreach, scientific workforce
11. Ocean policy, resource management
12. Optics, acoustics, remote sensing
13. Observatories, operational oceanography, new technology
14. Oil Spill, Gulf of Mexico
15. Miscellaneous
16. Data Management
17. Air-Sea Interactions
18. Bio-geochemistry

Sessions have been categorized for reference by topic. A set of numbers appears in parenthesis following each session description. These numbers indicate the category to which the session pertains.

035: Using Data From Autonomous Vehicles and Drifters to Support Education and Outreach
Organizers: James A. Yoder, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,; Janice McDonnell, Rutgers

Measurements of physical, optical, biological, and biogeochemical ocean properties, as well as high resolution photographic, video and acoustic mapping of bottom features, collected by autonomous vehicles and drifters are now a major source of ocean data supporting research and applications. For example, ARGO drifters are the only in situ global observing system of currents, temperature and salinity; sensors on an autonomous vehicle provided the best measurements of the rate at which oil was escaping from the recent blowout in the Gulf of Mexico and also mapped the deep, subsurface oil plume; a glider recently traversed the Atlantic Ocean; autonomous vehicles are becoming the best way to locate and map bottom features; and drifters are routinely measuring profiles of oxygen and other biogeochemical properties from the Southern Ocean and other remote areas of the global ocean. Not only are autonomous vehicles and drifters providing important and interesting data, the technology is ìcoolî and exciting to students of all ages and has the potential to help learners create their own knowledge and understanding of the ocean. Our session looks for contributions from scientists and educators who are working together on education and outreach projects that utilize the data collected from autonomous platforms. Our session goal is to share effective practices and evaluation data around the application of these technologies. (10, 13)

061: Coastal Oceanography through Integrated Data Analysis
Organizers: Yonggang Liu, University of South Florida, yliu@; Ryan M. McCabe, University of Washington,

With increasing coastal ocean observation systems and independent projects collecting various data streams, our understanding of continental shelf processes has advanced significantly in recent years. This special session is an opportunity to showcase new scientific results obtained from these sustained or process-oriented coastal observations including, for example, moored current meters, HF radars, AUVs, gliders, drifters, profilers, tide gauges, C-MAN stations, satellites, and other remotely-sensed data. Progress on a variety of coastal topics such as along- and cross-shelf circulation and exchange, upwelling and downwelling dynamics, buoyancy fluxes, local and remote forcing, estuary-plume-shelf systems, offshore current/eddy intrusions, topographic influences, and their downstream impacts are all encouraged. Noting that no single instrument is enough to fully capture dynamic coastal ocean processes, new insights from integrated data analyses covering multiple scales by combing two or more types of data are particularly encouraged. Numerical model-assisted data analyses and accompanying insights are also welcome. (2, 6, 13)

063: Ocean Exploration
Organizers: Nicolas Alvarado, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration & Research,; Reginald Beach, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration & Research,

With 95% of the ocean unknown or little known, ocean exploration is an emerging (or re-emerging) discipline in oceanography that is interdisciplinary and global in scope. Data and observations resulting from ocean exploration activities often result in new discoveries, new insight, new knowledge and new frontiers and can lead to the revision of existing paradigms or the formulation of new paradigms in the oceans poorly known and unknown regions. This session will highlight the technology, science and expeditions that explore ocean, coastal and Great Lakes environments. Results can be from any branchof marine science or technology and may includeserendipitous observations from any platform, including, but not limited to, unmanned systems, animal-borne-sensors,
moorings, fixed platforms, research cruises, remote sensing or designated exploration activities. (13, 15)

085: Development of a Global Ocean Biogeochemical Observing System Based on Profiling Floats and Gliders
Organizers: Kenneth S. Johnson, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute,; Mary Jane Perry, University of Maine,; Herve Claustre, Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche,

Observing changes in biogeochemical processes at a global scale in a changing ocean is one of the most pressing issues in the ocean sciences. Changing oxygen levels, increasing acidity and greater thermal stratification all have the potential to substantially alter fluxes of carbon, oxygen and nitrogen. Yet there is no extant observing system capable of resolving these processes in situ at the global scale. Deployment of a global ocean observing system based on biogeochemical sensors on profiling floats and gliders is rapidly becoming feasible. In this session, we will focus on the potential for the development of such a system, which we call GLOBE (GLobal Ocean Biogeochemical Experiment). GLOBE would be modeled on the Argo system and would function as a biogeochemical Argo program (Bio-Argo) with open data access. We welcome presentations related to the development of a global network
based on autonomous platforms, including the scientific need, analysis of data sets from profiling float and glider arrays, regional scale pilot-projects, development of models that would assimilate biogeochemical data sets, merging in situ and satellite data sets to obtain 3-D and 4-D views of ocean processes, and the development of additional biogeochemical sensors for this array. (13, 18)

170: A daptive Sampling of Coastal Waters Using Gliders and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs): Novel Integration of Oceanography and Engineering Research

Organizers: Catherine Edwards, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography,; Fumin Zhang, Georgia Tech-Savannah,

Gliders and other autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) are valuable tools for coastal ocean research, and engineering applications of vehicle control strategies can significantly improve the scientific value of the data collected. Innovative use of gliders calls for new research in development and application of control algorithms based on real-time inputs such as vehicle position, physical and/or bio-optical data collected by mobile and stationary assets, and operational circulation and ecosystem model forecasts. This session encourages presentations on novel research that explores new ideas in AUV navigation, control, and adaptive sampling for coastal applications, with seamless integration of oceanography and engineering effort for glider and AUV missions. Submissions should contain ideas and results that are significant for both disciplines. (6, 13)

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