IAPSO Annual Reports

2012 IAPSO Activities

The main activity of the Bureau and the EC was the planning of the Joint IAHS-IAPSO-IASPEI Assembly “Knowledge for the Future” that will be held 22-26 July 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Local Organization Committee (LOC) regularly met with Professor David Turner in the chair. He is Dean of the Faculty of Science, Gothenburg University. Professor Leif Andersson, Gothenburg University and the Royal Academy of Sciences, is chairing the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) and is member of LOC. IAHS SG Christophe Cudennec, IAPSO SG Johan Rodhe and IASPEI SG Peter Suhadolc are the other members of SPC. Johan Rodhe was co-opted to the LOC meetings. Assembly website: http://iahs-iapso-iaspei2013.com/. Congrex is the official congress organizer. 11 IAPSO-only symposia and 8 joint symposia were organised. Expected number of participants is 1000 – 1500. (At submission deadline, 4 February 2013, about 1600 abstracts where submitted.)

In November Johan Rodhe and IAGA SG Mioara Mandea were invited to a IAMAS Bureau meeting in Paris to discuss a possible IAGA-IAMAS-IAPSO Joint Assembly in 2017. Isabelle Ansorge (IAPSO Vice President and IUGG EC Member) was invited to present Cape Town as a possible venue. It was decided ask the respective EC for approval of such a Joint Assembly. (In January 2013 this was approved. An Association-joint call for Letter of Intent to arrange such an Assembly has now been sent to all National Correspondents. This is to ensure that the choice of venue should be an open process.

Future activities of IAPSO

The main activity in 2013 is the IAHS-IAPSO-IASPEI Joint Assembly in Gothenburg 22-26 July 2103. This is discussed under “Activities”. The main activity after that is the related to the IUGG General Assembly 2015 in Prague and the Association Assembly in 2017. This is also discussed under “Activities”. The main activities outside the assemblies are the work within the SCOR/IAPSO woking groups. No WGs are funded beyond 2012. The next call for WG proposals is out and will be discussed at the SCOR meeting in New Zealand, November 2013.

Working groups
The IAPSO SG and Vice-President attended the annual meeting of the SCOR in Halifax in October 2012. The SCOR meetings review the progress of current SCOR Working Groups (WG), evaluate proposed new WGs, and decide which to fund. A number of international SCOR-related scientific programmes were also discussed. Details can be found at the SCOR website (www.scor-int.org). Two new SCOR WGs, out of 7 proposals, were approved: WG 141 on Sea-Surface Microlayers and WG 142 on Quality Control Procedures for Oxygen and Other Biogeochemical Sensors on Floats and Gliders.  These two new WGs got an “intellectual support” from IAPSO.

The work within the joint SCOR/IAPSO WGs is an important part of the IAPSO activity, see the IAPSO webpage. A WG is usually formed of not more than 10 members from different countries to deliberate on a narrowly focused topic followed by a report in a peer-reviewed publication or a book, a manual, a database etc.. WGs are expected to complete their tasks in 4 years or less.

The following SCOR WGs, which have received funding also from IAPSO, have been active during this period, and have published important books and/or special journal issues:
SCOR/IAPSO WG 127 “The Thermodynamics and Equation of State of Seawater” (Chaired by T.J. McDougall) had finished its tasks and was reorganized into a Joint SCOR/IAPSO/IAPWS Committee on the Properties of Seawater.
SCOR/WCRP/IAPSO WG 136 (Co-chaired by L. Beal and A. Biastock): “The Climatic Implications of the Greater Agulhas System” organized a conference on ”The Agulhas system and its role in changing Ocean Circulation, Climate, and Marine Ecosystems. It was held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, 8-12 October 2012. The conference generated a great deal of excitement among participants, particularly among regional scientists, some of whom had not previously attended an international conference. The conference attracted 108 participants from 20 different countries. 35 came from seven different African countries and 27 were PhD students. They covered the fields of ocean and climate modelling, physical and biological oceanography, marine ecology, paleoceanography, meteorology, and marine and terrestrial paleoclimatology. USD 17000 IUGG Grant money was used for inviting participants.

The working groups, commissions and services report to IAPSO. These reports are posted on the IAPSO website http://iapso.iugg.org/working-groups