The Ocean Sciences section: Who are we?


  • Fred Noel Spiess


During the past 2-year cycle of AGU governance, some of us began discussing whether the Ocean Sciences Section was providing adequate representation for its heterogeneous membership. From these discussions emerged a proposal to organize the section into subdivisions to emphasize our diversity, to stimulate a full range of special sessions, and to assure that we will interact with the Union and outside organizations in ways compatible with the diverse interests of our members.

As these discussions progressed, it became clear that those involved were working with a variety of assumptions about the composition and interests of our membership, but there were no data to support any particular view. We therefore decided to devise a simple questionnaire to find the distributions of our members' fields of activity and their interests in AGU meetings and publications.