Community Update: February 2018

1 February 2018

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the first national marine science community update for 2018.

The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) and the American Meteorological Society (AMS) ran a very successful conference at UNSW in Sydney a 5 to 9 February 2018.  Called ‘AMOS-ICSHMO 2018’, it was a joint event encompassing the 25th AMOS National Conference and 12th International Conference for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography.  From a national marine science perspective, it was pleasing to see a lot of “O” this year.  There was major theme on Oceanographic Processes and Observations.  I had the pleasure of co-chairing a session on ‘Variability and Change in the Indo-Pacific and Australian Regional Seas’ in honour of the late Gary Meyers.  Professor Matthew England (UNSW) was awarded the Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica, and Professor Terry Hughes (JCU) gave a keynote on ‘Global Warming and Coral Reefs’.

The Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) annual conference will be held in Adelaide on 1 to 5 July 2018, with the theme of ‘Canyons to Coast’. Registrations are open, and a generous discount is offered to AMSA members.  Consider joining up and heading to ‘The Festival State’.
On the international scene, the 15 March submission date for abstracts for OceanObs’19 is rapidly approaching.  We are expecting to see the Australian ocean observing community very well-represented at this event in Hawaii on 16 to 20 September 2019.

The Royal Australian Navy’s Sea Power Centre released an interesting report in late 2017 on ‘The Blue Economy in Australia’ as part of its Sea Power Series - see here.  Prepared by the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at University of Wollongong, the report conceptualises the Blue Economy, its relationship with maritime security, and its role in Australian oceans governance.  It provides a valuable reference point for the National Marine Science Committee and its decadal marine science plan, aimed at driving the development of Australia’s Blue Economy.

Regards,

Tim Moltmann, Chair
on behalf of the National Marine Science Committee

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