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    Oceanography community to converge on London

    News // February 1, 2002
    The international operational oceanography community will gather in London in March to discuss operational oceanography from a remote sensing perspective. The conference, which is being held in conjunction with Oceanology International (OI), will hear from 47 specialists, from nine countries, including Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

    The Alliance for Marine Remote Sensing (AMRS) Association, which has members in more than 40 countries, is hosting the symposium with the co-operation of Spearhead Exhibitions Ltd. Spearhead will host the main OI conference and trade show, which is expected to draw more than 300 exhibiting companies and more than 5,000 visitors.

    The list of symposium sponsors includes the European Space Agency, NASA, Canadian Space Agency, British National Space Centre, NOAA, Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, US Office of Naval Research (IFO), Canadian Defence Research Establishment Atlantic, USNational Ice Centre, Canadian Ice Services, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service and Industry Canada.

    The event will be presented in three thematic sessions. Dr William Jobst, Director of the Oceanography Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, US, will give the keynote address at a special session on ocean models for defence-related initiatives. Cheryl Bertoia, Deputy Director of NOAA/NESDIS and the US National Ice Center, Washington, DC, will give the keynote address at a special session on sea ice information. The final day will be devoted to emerging sensors and programmes. Dr David Williams, Head of Strategy and International Relations at Eumetsat, Germany, will give the keynote for this session.

    The Operational Oceanography and Remote Sensing Symposium will be held 5-7 March in the ExCeL exhibitions centre, Docklands, London. The complete list of presenters, their abstracts, and an online registration form can be found at http://waterobserver.org/workshop-2002-03/.

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