National Committee Reports


IAPSO Early Career Scientists Newsletter Issue #6 April 2021 (published 22 April 2021)

Latest newsletter is available to download. In this issue:

Rising Against The Tide Of Anti-Asian Sentiment by Dr Danielle Su

ECS highlight feature - Dr Loïc Houpert, A New Beginning In Industry

Congratulations to the IAPSO Early Career Scientist medallists!

Adopt an ARGO float

Interesting events and seminars


IAPSO Early Career Scientist Medal recipients 2021 (published 24 March 2021)

Dr. Thomas Wahl, University of Central Florida, USA, is the recipient of the 2021 IAPSO Early Career Scientist medal in physical ocean science, in recognition of his fundamental contributions to the research on changes in mean sea level, tides, storm surges, waves, and their interactions.

Dr. Jessica Fitzsimmons, Texas A&M University, USA, is the recipient of the 2021 IAPSO Early Career Scientist medal in chemical ocean science, in recognition of her contributions to advances in the analysis, distribution and cycling of trace elements in the oceans, particularly iron.

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 Prince Albert I Medal recipient 2021 – Prof. Carl Wunsch (published 12 February 2021)

Prof. Carl Wunsch, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physical Oceanography, Emeritus, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the Prince Albert I Medal recipient 2021, in recognition of his groundbreaking contributions to the development of modern physical oceanography. Read more&nbsp

IAPSO Early Career Scientist Medals (published 14 January 2021) 

The deadline for submitting nominations for the IAPSO Early Career Scientist Medals for the year 2021 is extended to 15 February, 2021Procedure and requirements for Nomination 

Joint Commission on Ice-Ocean Interactions (JCIOI) with IACS (published 11 January 2021) 

IAPSO is pleased to announce the establishment of a new Joint Commission on Ice-Ocean Interactions (JCIOI) with IACS (the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences). 

JCIOI aims to globally coordinating and engaging in research and development related to understanding, observing and modeling ice-ocean interactions. This will include research under ice shelves, at the ice-ocean front in tidewater glaciers, and at the sea surface in the marginal ice zone. 

The commission is co-chaired by Dr Felicity McCormack (IAPSO) and Dr Isabel Nias (IACS). For more information on how to contribute, please contact Dr McCormack (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Dr Nias (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Read more 

IAPSO Early Career Scientist Medals (published 1 October 2020)

The Call for nomination for the recipients of the IAPSO Early Career Scientist Medals for the year 2021 is open until 15 January, 2021. Read more

Prince Albert I Medal 2021, Call for nomination (published 3 August 2020) 

The Call for nomination for the recipient of the Prince Albert Medal for the year 2021 is open until 20 October, 2020Read more

Deadline extended to 20 November, 2020.

UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) - Regional Events (updated 14 April 2020)

-  Western Tropical Atlantic Workshop (virtual forum hosted by Autonomous National University of Mexico) - 28-29 April, 2020 link

- Regional Arctic Ocean Decade Planning Workshop (hosted by the Danish Center for Marine Research, Copenhagen, 29 April – 1 May, 2020) link POSTPONED

UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) - Regional Events (published 26 March 2020) 

- Regional Arctic Ocean Decade Planning Workshop (Copenhagen, 29 April – 1 May, 2020) link

Expert Review of the Working Group III Contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2021: Mitigation of Climate Change (published 9 January 2020) 

IAPSO invites its community to  participate in the expert review of the AR6 Working Group III FOD. The expert review of the FOD starts on 13 January 2020, and ends on 8 March 2020, 23:59 (GMT +1), and is an expert review only.

All those previously nominated for any role in the Working Group III contribution to the AR6, by governments and observer organizations, but not selected, will be informed separately by the IPCC Secretariat.

Prospective expert reviewers can register via the IPCC web site:
Registration will close on 2 March 2020, 23:59 (GMT +1)

Additional information on the role of Expert Reviewer is available in Annex 1 of Appendix A to the Principles Governing IPCC Work. Please also see here an information note explaining the Expert Review process:

If you have any questions about the process, please contact the IPCC Working Group III TSU at

Summer School on "Physics of the Ocean",  12-17 July 2020 in Bad Honnef, Germany (19 December 2019) 

Organized by Martin Visbeck (GEOMAR & Kiel University, Germany), Sabrina Speich (Ecole Normale Supérieure - PSL, France) and David Marshall (Oxford University, UK) and run by the Bad Honnef Physics school supported by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation.

The Ocean Physics Summer School aims at providing a broader view of the ocean system from a physical perspective, encompassing a large range of scales and their interactions. 

Young scientists - advanced master students, graduate students and first year postdocs - from all over Europe and beyond from all fields with an interest in physics who want to increase their knowledge about the ocean can apply for participation.

Application deadline: 7 February 2020.

Application & more information:

UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) - Regional Events ( published 19 December 2019) 

  • Regional Workshop - North Atlantic Ocean: 7-10 January 2020 (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) link
  • Regional Workshop - North and Central Indian Ocean: 8-10 January 2020 (Chennai, India) link
  • Regional workshop - Mediterranean: 21-23 January 2020, (Venice, Italy) link
  • Regional workshop - Pan African and Surrounding Island States: 27-29 January 2020 (Nairobi, Kenya) link
  • Arctic Ocean Decade Workshop: 29 January 2020 (Tromsø, Norway) link 

Regional Consultative workshops towards the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) (published 18 October 2019) 

*** South Atlantic Workshop 25 - 27 November 2019 Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, Expressions of interest can be made directly online

Furthermore, the following three regional consultations are currently scheduled to take place in January 2020

*** 7-9 January 2020, North Atlantic Workshop, Halifax, Canada (organized by the Ocean Frontier Institute with the financial support of the Department of Fisheries and Ocean (DFO), Canada). Please find here the Save the Date as well as Call for expression of interest to participate in the workshop (;

*** 8-10 January 2020, North and Central Indian Ocean Workshop, Chennai, India, (IOCINDIO/NIOT);

*** 21-22-23 January 2020, Mediterranean Workshop, Venice, Italy (Italian Oceanographic Commission).

More information on the Ocean Decade site

Call for IAPSO Best Practice Study Groups: closing date is 15 November 2019 (published 4 September 2019) 

IAPSO is issuing a Call for Best Practice Study Groups. Up to US$10,000 is available to assist in bringing together experts with a view to reaching agreement about improved ways of analysing data, or otherwise improving the way we conduct oceanographic research. Closing date is 15 November 2019. Read more

IAPSO Early Career Scientists News (published 6 August, 2019) 

The first issue of the IAPSO ECS Newsletter is available here

Eugene LaFond Medal 2019 (published 6 August, 2019) 

The 2019 Eugene LaFond Medal is awarded to Mr. Rohith Balakrishnan from India for his oral presentation "Indian Basin-wide sea level coherency in the tropical Indian Ocean driven by Madden-Julian oscillations". This was delivered on July 11, 2019 within the IAG-IAPSO joint symposium 'Monitoring Sea Level Changes by Satellite and In-Situ Measurements' during the IUGG 2019 General Assembly in Montreal, Canada.

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