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Media Advisory 3: AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting

Press Conference Schedule

American Geophysical Union

Contents of this message
1. Press Conference Schedule
2. Press Room (repeated from Media Advisory 2)
3. Attention PIOs: Sending Press Releases to Ocean Sciences Meeting (repeated from Media Advisory 2)
4. Press Registration Information (repeated from Media Advisory 2)
5. Press Registration Form
6. Who's Coming

Important notes:

See also Media Advisory 2:

General information on 2004 Ocean Sciences Meeting, including access to abstracts and session information:

1. Press Conference Schedule

The following schedule of press conferences for the 2004 Ocean Sciences Meeting is correct as of the date of this message. As always, changes are possible: press conferences may be added or dropped; participants may change; the emphasis may shift. Any changes subsequent to this media advisory will be announced in the Press Room at the meeting.

Please note that the Session number (e.g., OS31A) listed with each press conference is, in some cases, the first of two or more sessions on the same topic. We do not note the subsequent sessions, if any.

Overview of Ocean Sciences Meeting
Monday, January 26
1:00 p.m.
Room A109
(Session U11A)

This special briefing provides an overview of the four major themes of the Ocean Sciences Meeting:

  • Ocean History: Nutrients and the Global Carbon Cycle
  • A Constant of Sea Change: The Biological Response to Climate Variability
  • Modeling Marine Ecosystems: Why do We Need Models and Where Are We Going?
  • Using Ocean Observatories to Study Continental Shelves: Lessons Learned in the Cool Room

The press conference presentations will be based on the four invited plenary lectures to be held Monday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Room B114, featuring scientists eminent in their respective fields. Reporters are urged to attend the Opening Plenary for fuller information on these topics, as this is the only press conference that takes place after the related session. At the press conference, the four scientists will present brief versions of their talks, followed by a question period.

Margaret Delaney, University of California, Santa Cruz, California;
Francisco Chavez, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, California;
Kenneth Denman, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada;
Oscar Schofield, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

A Sound Approach to Ocean Science: Acoustical Applications
Tuesday, January 27
1:00 p.m.
Room A109
(Session OS32I)

Acoustics is a powerful tool for sensing the ocean environment, akin to optics for sensing terrestrial environments. In this session the application of novel acoustic remote sensing techniques will be illustrated from numerous fields, including geology, marine meteorology, physical oceanography, and ecology. In general, these applications go far beyond the traditional techniques of acoustic imaging. Interesting examples include the use of sound to characterize the habitat and behavior of marine organisms in a Hawaiian ecosystem, analysis of the pitter-patter sound of rain drops on the sea surface to quantify global rain patterns, and the precise timing of acoustic transmissions to map patterns of ocean temperature change.

Kelly J. Benoit-Bird, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii, Kailua, Hawaii;
Peter Worcester, Research Oceanographer, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California;
Jeffrey A. Nystuen, Principal Oceanographer, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, Seattle Washington.

The 1998-2002 Climate Shift in the North Pacific: An Extended La Niña or the Beginning of a Cool Regime?
Tuesday, January 27
3:00 p.m.
Room A109
(Session OS31K)

Following a strong El Niño, the climate of the North Pacific underwent a rapid and striking transition in late 1998. Persistent changes in atmosphere, upper ocean, and ecosystem structure suggest a climate regime shift has occurred in the California Current sector of the North Pacific. Coastal waters of the California Current and Gulf of Alaska cooled by several degrees, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation reversed sign and remained negative through the summer of 2002. Krill and small pelagic fish increased in abundance, and coho and chinook salmon stocks rebounded to levels not seen in 30 years. However, changes in the Gulf of Alaska ecosystem have not yet been detected. Thus, the climate shift of 1998 does not appear to be identical to previous shifts, although it does share many of the physical and ecological characteristics of past cool North Pacific regimes.

Nathan Mantua, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington;
Franklin B. Schwing, Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, Pacific Grove, California;
Bill Peterson, Hatfield Marine Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, Newport Oregon.

NSF Ocean Observatories
Wednesday, January 28
9:00 a.m.
Room A109
(Session OS32E)

Ships have been used for centuries to investigate the oceans and their behavior. Unfortunately, expeditions to specific places for limited times are poorly suited to understanding variability in time and particularly transients and change. New platforms; modern sensors; low-power digital electronics; and high-speed communications now allow measurements for extended periods of decades; a permanent presence in the oceans. The National Science foundation's Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction program, now termed ORION (Ocean Research Interactive Ocean Network), is an important new approach to oceanography that will, in time, rival oceanography's long-term reliance on ships. Among the phenomena that permanent observatories can study are climate variability and volcanic activity. This afternoon's session and this press conference outline recent progress in the development of scientific research observatories for extending current knowledge into this new domain.

Rex K. Andrew, Engineer, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington;
Richard Dewey, Professor, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada;
Tommy Dickey, Professor, Ocean Physics Laboratory, University of California, Santa Barbara, Goleta, California;
Patricia Fryer, Professor, Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii;
John Orcutt, Professor of Geophysics, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California.

The Oceans and Climate: Earth System Models and their Application to Abrupt and Not-so-abrupt Changes
Wednesday, January 28
11:00 a.m.
Room A109
(Session OS32N)

During the past decade, a new class of models of the Earth system has been developed for investigating long-term as well as abrupt climate change. These so-called "intermediate complexity" models have been used extensively, for example, in developing future climate change scenarios, estimating the effects of deforestation on climate and the oceans, and exploring the mechanisms for century-to-millennial scale oceanic variability seen in ocean sediment cores. This press briefing is based on the 2004 Sverdrup Lecture, which will focus on the role of the global ocean thermohaline (vertical) circulation in several of these phenomena. Exciting climate change results will be shown from a number of climate modeling groups, including that at McGill. In particular, simulations will be presented of thermohaline circulation collapse during very cold climates, thousand year climate cycles, the last glacial inception, and the initiation of the next ice age.

Kenneth Denman, Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

2. Press Room (repeated from Media Advisory 2)

The Press Room is Room A109 of the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, in Portland. This room will provide work space for reporters, as well as facilities for the press conferences.

Press Room hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, daily. We will stay open later, if necessary, to accommodate reporters on deadline.

The phone number for the Press Room is +1 (503) 963-5702. Please provide this number to anyone who may have to call you at the meeting. Additional lines will be available for use by reporters, with no charge for business calls.

The Press Room will be equipped for wireless Internet (wi-fi), for laptops suitably equipped. A computer for use by reporters will also be available.

Lunch (only) will be served in the Press Room from 11:30 a.m. daily for registered reporters and public information officers. Coffee, tea, and soft drinks will be available all day.

3. Attention PIOs: Sending Press Releases to Ocean Sciences Meeting (repeated from Media Advisory 2)

Public information officers of universities, government agencies, and research institutions are encouraged to send press releases and related documentation in support of their researchers' presentations at Ocean Sciences Meeting. Please send them, ideally timed to arrive on Friday, January 23, to the address below. (Materials received later will, of course, be displayed, but only on the following day.)

Harvey Leifert (hold for January 24 arrival)
Doubletree Hotel Lloyd Center
1000 N.E. Multnomah
Portland, OR 97232
Hotel phone: 503-281-6111

4. Press Registration Information (repeated from Media Advisory 2)

Press registrants receive a badge that provides access to any of the scientific sessions of the meeting, as well as to the Press Room. No one will be admitted without a valid badge.

Eligibility for press registration is limited to the following persons:

* Working press employed by bona fide news media: must present a press card, business card, or letter of introduction from an editor of the publication.
* Freelance science writers: must present a current membership card from NASW, PSSWA (or other regional affiliate of NASW), CSWA, ISWA, or SEJ, or evidence of by-lined work pertaining to science intended for the general public and published in 2003 or 2004, or a letter from the editor of a recognized publication, assigning you to cover this meeting.
* Public information officers of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies: must present a business card.

Note: Representatives of publishing houses, for-profit corporations, and the business side of news media must register at the main registration desk at the meeting and pay the appropriate fees.

5. Press Registration Form

The Press Registration Form is set up for online submission, but includes a link to a version that can be printed out and faxed or mailed. Go to:

The last day for advance press registration is January 16. You may also register onsite in the Press Room.

6. Who's Coming

The following have registered for Press credentials, as of the date of this message.

Valerie Brown, Freelance
Lisa DeBruyckere, Oregon State University
Andrew Geller, KBOO Portland
Richard Hill, The Oregonian
Sandra Hines, University of Washington
Amy Knutson, Oregon State University
Linda Lamb, Oregon State University
Rick Lovett, Freelance
William McCall, Associated Press
Michael Milstein, The Oregonian
Juliane Mossinger, Nature
Ben Sherman, NOAA - National Ocean Service
Sarah Simpson, Scientific American
David Wolman, Freelance


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