At the 1986 AGU Spring Meeting, approximately 1475 papers were presented, and 2382 attendees registered. This meeting compared in size to the 1985 Spring Meeting, held in Baltimore over Memorial Day weekend. It was thought that if this meeting moved away from Memorial Day weekend that some growth possibly would occur; however, there was no increase. Two possible reasons are
- a small reaction to Gramm-Rudman-Hollings budget cuts, and
- the Ocean Sciences section joint meeting with the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) earlier in the year.