Topical Sessions

  • Session proposals must include an informative title (20–180 characters) and brief description of the session topic (limit 200 words). The proposal must identify a primary chair, to serve as the point of contact, and at least one additional co-chair. There is a limit of four chairs for each session. All session chairs listed on session proposals must consent to being named as part of the proposal at the time of submission. Session chairs will receive their session acceptance or rejection notification in early July.
  • Primary chairs, those submitting the proposal, can have a maximum of one (1) session proposal. In addition, primary chairs can only be listed as a co-chair on two (2) additional proposals.
  • Session chairs should understand that the Program Committee may reject their session proposal, merge it with one or more similar ones, request modification in the title or description, or move it to a more appropriate thematic area than the one to which it was submitted. The Program Committee will work with session chairs if this becomes necessary. The Program Committee reserves the right to reject multiple proposals submitted by the same session chair(s) on related topics or across topic areas.
  • At least one of the session chairs will need to be available between 15 June 2017 and 30 June 2017 for the session proposal evaluation period to approve merges and/or changes in description. In addition, one of the session chairs of accepted sessions will also need to be available between 26 September 2017 and 3 October 2017 to finalize scheduling of the abstracts within their sessions.
  • Session proposals must include a concise definition of the scientific topic and must include a description of why the topic is relevant and timely. The final version of the session proposal will be available to those submitting abstracts.
  • Session proposals must be based on scientific value and not have a focus other than scientific results and/or their applications; thus, sessions that are celebratory or in honor of individual(s) will not be considered. Sessions cannot be in tribute of specific persons or cite the name of a scientist in the session title or description. (Tributes can be held as Town Halls rather than formal scientific sessions if so desired.)
  • Session proposals that are deemed to be primarily advertisements of commercial products and services will not be considered. Session proposals that contain the name of a specific experiment in the title or description will not be considered.
  • Sessions should be designed to have a broad appeal and to engage international participation. The Program Committee will not approve sessions that are too narrowly focused; such sessions will be merged or declined.
  • In an effort to promote dialogue and integration across the ocean sciences, sessions in the “Education, Outreach and Policy” and “Ocean Data Management” topic areas will not be subject to the limit on first author abstract submissions.
  • Session chairs should not promise oral presentations to potential authors. Once sessions are finalized by the Program Committee and allotted presentation slots, session co-chairs will then determine poster and oral presentation assignments from the pool of abstracts assigned to their session.
  • There will be no “invited” oral presentations. However, poster session chairs may designate one invited poster presentation per session.
  • Because of the large number of papers expected, we are encouraging scientific content to be presented in poster form as much as possible. To that end, we strongly encourage nominations for poster-only sessions. Posters will be displayed for the entire week of the meeting to maximize viewing opportunities; however, they will only be scheduled for one 2-hour session on one day of the meeting.
  • Session chairs will be responsible for coordinating the evaluation of student papers, both oral and poster, presented in their session. One session co-chair must be identified during the scheduling process to serve as the point of contact and coordinate the evaluation process.
  • Session chairs will select a primary topic area (see listing below) as well as up to four (4) other topic areas that are relevant to the submission. Topic areas are simply ways of organizing session proposal submissions for the Program Committee and help meeting attendees efficiently plan their time. There is no content to them other than the title.
  • Session chairs will be asked to select descriptive keywords from a predefined list of Index Terms that best describes the session. These keywords are used as a tool for authors to facilitate searches during abstract submission and in the final online program.

Topic Areas

Air-sea InteractionsMicrobiology and Molecular Ecology
Benthic EcosystemsOcean Change: Acidification and Hypoxia
BiodiversityOcean Data Management
Biogeochemistry and NutrientsOcean Modeling
Chemical Tracers, Organic Matter and Trace ElementsOcean Observatories
Coastal DynamicsOther
Ecology and Social InteractionsPast, Present and Future Climates
Education, Outreach, and PolicyPelagic Ecosystems
Estuarine ProcessesPhysical Oceanography: Mesoscale and Larger
FisheriesPhysical Oceanography: Mesoscale and Smaller
High Latitude EnvironmentsPhysical Oceanography: Other
Instrumentation and Sensing TechnologiesRegional Studies
Marine Geology and Sedimentology