IAPSO Annual Reports

2009 IAPSO Activities

The main activity during 2009 was the MOCA-09 Joint Assembly in Montreal, July 2009 together with IAMAS and IACS. Some 1350 scientists from over 50 countries could choose among 53 symposia (sessions), consisting of 21 joint, 10 sponsored by IAPSO, 18 by IAMAS, and 5 by IACS. The theme of the conference was “Our Warming Planet”, but of course all high-quality presentations within the three associations’ subject fields were welcome.  The total number of presentations came close to 2000.
The new SCOR/IAPSO WG 133 OceanScope held the first meeting during three days before MOCA-09. Also the SCOR/IAPSO WG 129 Deep Ocean Exchanges with the Shelf (DOES) met during MOCA-09. In addition, DOES sponsored one symposium at MOCA-09. IAPSO provided some financial support both for the new working group OceanScope (via SCOR) and for the attendance of members of the DOES WG (provided directly from IUGG/IAPSO to two WG members).
During the Assembly IAPSO awards were presented and decided upon. Professor Harry L. Bryden FRS, University of Southampton, UK, was awarded the 2009 Prince Albert I Medal of IAPSO, "...in recognition of his fundamental contributions to understanding the ocean's role in the global climate system." The ceremony was followed by the Prince Albert I Medal Memorial Lecture by the awardee, entitled “Monitoring the Variability in he Circulation of the North Atlantic Ocean”. Dr. Bamol A. Sow of Senegal was selected to receive the 2009 Eugene LaFond Medal, which is awarded to an early career ocean scientist from a developing world country who presents an excellent paper on oceanography at an IAPSO or jointly sponsored IAPSO symposium. The title of his oral presentation at MOCA-09 was "Simulation of the Senegalese and Mauritanian Upwelling: How are the Winds actually Driving SST Variability and Water Mass Renewal?” He made his presentation at the DOES symposium mentioned above. Dr Sow was also invited to attend one of the WG meetings as a representative from developing countries.

Planned future activities/announcements
2010 is a year in between assemblies. The main activity is thus related to the planning of the symposia to be held during the IUGG2011 General Assembly in Melbourne. Also the planning of the Assembly in Gothenburg, Sweden, July 2011, which will be arranged jointly with IAHS and IASPEI will take time during 2010.
The new SCOR/WCRP/IAPSO WG Climatic importance of the Greater Agulhas System will have the first meeting 20-21 February 2010, Portland, Oregon, USA, and the SCOR/IAPSO WG OceanScope will have a meeting 12-14 April in London, UK.
Winner of the Prince Albert I Medal 2011 will be elected after a call for nomination in June 2010.