The abstract submission deadline has now passed.

Abstract Content

  • The abstract title is limited to 300 characters, and the abstract text is limited to 2,000 characters; the 2,000-character limit includes spacing, punctuation, and LaTeX.
  • Abstracts must focus on scientific results or their application. The Program Committee may decline to consider abstracts with another focus.
  • Following the abstract deadline, submitted abstracts may be moved to another appropriate session.  Final decisions regarding placement of individual abstracts and sessions rests with the Program Committee.
  • LaTeX is supported. Special characters are also available in the abstract management system.
  • Consider providing an optional plain language summary of your abstract. A plain language summary should be written for a broad audience, free of jargon, acronyms, equations, and any technical information that would be unknown to the general public. Suggestions for writing a plain language summary are here.


  • First (Presenting) Author Policy: If a first (presenting) author would like to submit (present) more than one abstract, the author can submit in accordance with the following rule. Note that all invited authors will receive a poster presentation for that abstract.
    • One (1) contributed and one (1) invited poster abstract to ANY topic area
    • One (1) contributed to any topic area plus (1) additional contributed to one of these topic areas:
      • Education, Outreach and Policy
      • Ocean Data Management
  • The person submitting the abstract will automatically be listed as the First and Presenting Author.  The first author cannot be modified.
  • A first author may elect to designate a co-author to present the abstract at the meeting. The presenting author must register for the meeting in order to make the presentation.
  • Membership in AGU, TOS, or ASLO is NOT required in order to submit an abstract.
  • The abstract submitter is responsible for ensuring that all co-authors have agreed to be listed on the abstract.
  • Do you think your abstract is newsworthy? Would it be of interest to the press and public? Tell AGU’s public information office about it here.


  • A flat fee of $75 (USD) will be charged for each regular submission.
  • A flat fee of $45 (USD) will be charged for each student submission.
  • The only method of payment accepted for abstract fees is by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express).
  • There is no fee for persons residing in Qualifying Low Income Countries and Lower Middle Income Countries.
  • The abstract submission fee is a nonrefundable processing fee, and not based on approval of your abstract submission or attendance.
  • The abstract submission fee does not register you for the meeting. Separate registration fees apply. Registration will be open in late summer 2017.
  • Do not withdraw a paid abstract submission if edits are needed or to begin a new submission. Submissions may be edited at any time after submission and prior to the abstract submission deadline. Refunds will not be issued for abstracts that are withdrawn and resubmitted.

Oral and Poster Presentations

  • If you prefer a poster presentation, you may request one.  These requests will be honored by the session chairs and Program Committee. All invited presentations will be poster only.
  • Oral and poster presenters will have the opportunity to upload their ePoster on the Ocean Sciences Meeting ePoster site prior to the meeting; details about how to upload ePosters will be distributed to poster presenters in November 2017.
  • Oral presentations are not guaranteed. Oral sessions are allocated by the Program Committee based on the total number of submissions received to a session, and oral presentations are assigned by the session chairs. There is typically only enough room to present about 40% of anticipated abstracts orally.
  • Submission of an abstract carries with it the obligation to give a presentation in the designated manner assigned. It also grants the society organizers permission to publish the abstract in the meeting program.
  • Once assigned by the Program Committee and scheduled by the session chair, the date and time of the presentation will not be changed; presenters are advised not to arrange travel until acceptance notification is issued in early November with assigned session dates and times. The presentations may be scheduled any time during sessions Monday, 12 February through Friday, 16 February 2018.

Invited Poster Authors

  • Invited poster authors will receive an invitation from the session chair sent from the submission site. The invitation will include a link to submit directly to the session; invited poster authors must submit the abstract via the link included in the invitation. If the abstract is not submitted through the formal invitation, the abstract will not have an invited status listing.
  • Accepting the invitation to present and submitting an invited abstract acknowledges that you will receive a poster presentation for that abstract.
  • A person may not accept invitations to submit an abstract to more than one session.
  • Session chairs will not be allowed to present an invited poster in a session they are chairing. However, chairs may submit a contributed abstract to a session they are chairing.
  • Invited poster authors do not receive waived or discounted abstract fees, registration fees, or travel reimbursement.

Final Program

By early November, abstract acceptance notices will be sent and the final program will be available online.