Working Groups and Commissions

Working groups


IUGG Working Group on History

  Chair: Hans Volkert (Germany)

  Vice Chair: Claude Boucher (France)

   IAPSO representative: John Gould (UK), wjg(at)


All scientists within IUGG and all historians of science with interest in geophysics are invited to contribute to WGH.



Joint with SCOR

The working groups are normally financed for 3 years.

No working group is sponsored by IAPSO at present.


Past working groups

ad hoc IUGG/IAPSO/SCOR working group of experts on Future of the Ocean and its Seas (2015-2016)

Co-Chairs: Phillip Williamson (UK), Denise Smythe-Wright (UK), and Peter Burkill (UK)

Established in November 2015 by IUGG, IAPSO and SCOR to prepare a response to the marine science issues raised by the G7 Science Ministers in the communiqué arising from their meeting in October 2015.


SCOR/WCRP/IAPSO Working Group 136 Climatic importance of the Greater Agulhas System (2009-)

Co-Chairs: Lisa Beal (USA) and Arne Biastoch (Germany)

WG136_annual report 2011  (600 Kb)

On the role of the Agulhas system in ocean circulation and climate, Nature 2011 (753 Kb)

SCOR/IAPSO Working Group 133 OceanScope (2008-)

Co-Chairs: Tom Rossby (USA) and Kuh Kim (Korea)


SCOR/IAPSO Working Group 129 on Deep Ocean Exchange with the Shelf (DOES) (2006-)

Chair: Dr. John Johnson, United Kingdom
Vice-Chair: Piers Chapman, USA


Workshop October 6-8 2008 in Cape Town, South Africa.


 WG 129 report 2011 (30 kb)

 Preface WG 129 Special Issue in Ocean Sci. (2011  Bytes)

SCOR/IAPSO Working Group 127 on Thermodynamics and Equation of State of Seawater (2005-)

Chair: Dr. Trevor McDougall, Australia


SCOR/LOICZ/IAPSO Working Group 122 on Mechanisms of Sediment retention in Estuaries (2003-)

Co-Chairs: Dr. Gerardo Perillo, Argentina, and Jams Syvitsky, USA



IAPSO/SCOR Joint Working Group 121 on Ocean Mixing (2002-)

Chair: Robin D. Muench
Earth & Space Research
1910 Fairview East, Suit 102
Seattle, WA 98102-3620, USA



IAG/ IAPSO Joint Working Group on Geodetic Effects of Nontidal Oceanic Processes (1999-2003)