The Consortium for Ocean Leadership will attend this year’s Fall American Geophysical Union (AGU) Conference in San Francisco. The conference, which runs from December 14–18, is expected to draw more than 15,000 geophysicists from around the world as well as members of the media and the general public.
Ocean Leadership will have display booths in the AGU exhibit hall that will highlight the many programmatic, research, education and advocacy aspects of the organization. Additionally, the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) will host a reception at the W Hotel located at 181 Third Street on Tuesday, December 15 from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Great Room 1 & 2. This gathering will give full IODP updates on program activities, including expeditions, highlights of 2009 and the recent INVEST meeting. Participants can meet other scientists active in the program and those leading IODP and learn more about the future of IODP. For more information, visit http://www.iodp.org/AGU-2009-IODP-Town-Hall-Meeting/5/.
The Ocean Observatories Initiative will also host a town hall to update the community on OOI, MARS, NEPTUNE Canada, and VENUS. The OOI Town Hall is on Thursday, December 17, 6:15-7:15 pm (http://www.agu.org/meetings/fm09/lectures/town-halls.php) and will take place in Moscone West, Room 2006. The event is cosponsored by OS. This meeting will update the progress, current status, and upcoming activities of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), the Monterey Accelerated Research System (MARS), the Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea (VENUS), and the North-East Pacific Time-Series Undersea Networked Experiments (NEPTUNE) Canada programs. All four programs have made great strides this past year, including the installation of science nodes and instrument platforms on NEPTUNE Canada, plans for expanding the capabilities of VENUS, the successful deployment of experiments on MARS, and the start of the construction phase of the OOI network.
For more information about the AGU Fall 2009 Meeting, visit http://www.agu.org/meetings/fm09/.