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ASLO/TOS Ocean Research Conference

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Christina Kellogg Bird's Eye View: Christina Kellogg has a bird's-eye view of the Hawai'i Convention Center, which housed this year's ASLO/TOS Ocean Research Conference.

Though typically partnered with the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) chose this year to cosponsor their ocean-sciences meeting with The Oceanography Society (TOS). Held February 15-20 in Honolulu, HI, the conference provided a forum for researchers to highlight recent advances, with an emphasis on the integration of aquatic sciences, as well as on the breadth of ocean research, including engineering, industrial, public-policy, and marine research. Fifty-three sessions were organized under nine main subthemes:

  • Midlatitude and high-latitude oceanography
  • Coupled physical-biological processes
  • Coral reefs
  • Molecular ecology
  • Biogeochemical cycles
  • Observing systems
  • Ocean color observations
  • Pacific fisheries/Census of Marine Life
  • Urban ocean—coastal ocean near centers of urban populations

Thematically organized poster sessions were held on three of the five evenings during the meeting, with concurrent cocktail receptions to draw attendees. More than 400 posters were on display during these sessions.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s Coastal and Marine Geology Program was well represented at the conference. Dale Griffin (St. Petersburg, FL) spoke about atmospheric desert dust and its impact on ocean and human health. His talk generated so much interest that two journal editors in the audience have asked him to submit review articles on the topic to their respective publications.

Christina Kellogg (St. Petersburg) presented a poster describing her preliminary work on the microbial ecology of deep-water corals. Both shallow- and deep-water-coral scientists were interested in the work, and several new collaborations were discussed. Christina is already scheduled to participate in two deep-water-coral research cruises in summer 2004.

Several scientists from the USGS Western Coastal and Marine Geology Team in Menlo Park and Santa Cruz, CA, also attended the meeting and gave various presentations on microbial water quality, runoff, and the effects of contaminated sediment in California coastal waters.

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Related Web Sites
2004 Ocean Research Conference
Online Documentary: "The Effects of Globally Transported African and Asian Dust on Coral Reef and Human Health"
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Coral Mortality and African Dust Project
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Center for Coastal & Watershed Studies
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), St. Petersburg, Florida

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