The seventh session of Dissertations in Chemical Oceanography (DISCO VII) was convened February 8–13, 1987, at the East-West Center at the Manoa Campus of the University of Hawaii under joint support from the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Sea Grant Program. These symposia are dedicated to individuals who have recently received Ph.D.s in chemical oceanography or who will do so in the near future. The participants present their thesis research to their peers, and at the end of the meeting the three sponsoring agencies describe their respective programs and respond to questions.