General Information
AGU 2000 Spring Meeting
Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC
May 30 – June 3, 2000
(Tuesday through Saturday)

Spring Meeting

The 2000 Spring Meeting will offer 5 days of scientific programming, beginning Tuesday, May 30, through Saturday, June 3. Registration and the opening reception are scheduled for the evening of Monday, May 29, which is Memorial Day.

The Spring Meeting is returning to Washington, D.C., home of the AGU headquarters, for the first time since 1979. Scientific sessions will be held at the Washington Convention Center. Hotel information will be published in Eos and on the AGU Web site in January 2000. It will be important that you reserve housing promptly to ensure hotel choice and that you receive the special rates.

Integrative Geoscience Solutions: A Start for the New Millennium

The new millennium is likely to bring with it a variety of new problems, but at least in the geosciences, we can be confident that it will also bring a host of new solutions. Many of these solutions will result from collaborations among researchers from scientific disciplines that have not traditionally worked closely together during the 20th Century.

In recognition of the high potential for this integrative approach to science, the theme for the 2000 Spring Meeting is: “Integrative Solutions: A Start for the New Millennium.” The meeting will be organized according to interdisciplinary themes that will bring together collaborators from a variety of different fields to discuss problems of common interest.

To further emphasize the integrative nature of geoscience research, the Geochemical Society and the Mineralogical Society of America will continue joint sponsorship of the Spring Meeting. In addition, the Spring Meeting will be cosponsored by the American Water Resource Association, Estuarine Research Federation, Geological Society of America, National Association of Geosciences Teachers, and The Oceanography Society.


This meeting provides an outstanding opportunity for researchers, teachers, students, and consultants to review the latest issues affecting the Earth, the planets, and their environment in space.

You may contribute to the success of this meeting by suggesting special meeting topics or sessions, submitting an abstract, and attending the meeting. This meeting will cover topics in all areas of geophysical sciences, and therefore contributed papers on any topic in geophysics are encouraged. Because of the close ties between many aspects of geophysics, special steps are being taken to facilitate sessions involving multiple sections. These include the scheduling of Union sessions and the joint sponsorship of sessions by multiple sections.

This meeting specifically targets themes that cut across multiple disciplines, providing attendees with different avenues in which to find sessions in their particular areas of interest.


The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is a society of more than 35,000 members with the purpose of advancing progress in the Earth, atmospheric, oceanic, hydrologic, and space and planetary sciences. AGU is dedicated to fostering high-quality scientific research, disseminating the results of that research, enhancing educational opportunities in science, and encouraging international cooperation in geophysics.

The Geochemical Society (GS) is an international society that encourages the application of chemistry to the solution of geological and cosmological problems, and encompasses such fields as organic geochemistry, high- and low-temperature geochemistry, petrology, meteoritics, fluid-rock interaction, and isotope geochemistry.

The Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) consists of individuals interested in mineralogy, crystallography, and petrology. The society promotes, through education and research, the understanding and application of mineralogy by government, universities, industry, and the public.


To celebrate the beginning of the millennium, at the invitation of AGU, the following organizations have agreed to cosponsor the 2000 Spring Meeting. Members of these societies have an opportunity to propose sessions and submit abstracts under the same guidelines as AGU, GS, and MSA members.

The American Meteorological Society (AMS) promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences.

The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) promotes the understanding of water resources and related issues by providing a multidisciplinary forum for education, professional development, and information exchange.

The Estuarine Research Federation (ERF) is an international organization whose purpose is to promote research in estuarine and coastal waters, to promote communication between members of affiliated societies, to conduct meetings, and to be available as a source of advice in matters concerning estuaries and the coastal zone.

The Geological Society of America (GSA), provides access to elements that are essential to the professional growth of Earth scientists at all levels of expertise and from all sectors: academic, government, business, and industry. GSA's growing membership unites thousands of Earth scientists from every corner of the globe in a common purpose to study the mysteries of our planet and share scientific findings.

The National Association of Geosciences Teachers (NAGT) was established to foster improvement in the teaching of Earth sciences at all levels of formal and informal instruction, emphasize the cultural significance of the Earth sciences, and disseminate knowledge in this field to the general public.

The Seismological Society of America (SSA) is a scientific society devoted to the advancement of earthquake science. The society now has members throughout the world representing a variety of technical interests: seismologists and other geophysicists, geologists, engineers, insurers, and policy-makers in preparedness and safety.

The Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), an international not-for-profit society with 4,900 members, is dedicated to the dissemination of scientific information on sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleontology, environmental sciences, marine geology, hydrogeology, and many additional related specialties.

The Oceanography Society (TOS) was founded to disseminate knowledge of oceanography and its application through research and education, to promote communication among oceanographers, and to provide a constituency for consensus-building across all the disciplines of the field.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., capital city of the United States of America, is not just a place for politics, history, and monuments. Beyond some of its most famous landmarks — the White House, U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument, Vietnam War Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery — Washington, D.C. offers visitors a wealth of natural beauty, architecture, and culture, including the Potomac River, parks, museums, embassies, galleries, universities, historic neighborhoods, unique shops, restaurants, theatres, and clubs. There has never been a more exciting time to visit this exciting international city, where important decisions and history will be made for the new millennium!

Programs for Students

We encourage students to participate in this meeting by submitting an abstract and attending presentations. In addition, the following benefits are available to students.

Something for Everyone

In addition to providing an exciting scientific program and excellent networking opportunities, the 2000 Spring Meeting will offer these benefits:

Abstract Submission Information

General Information

Abstracts may be submitted either by mail or via the AGU Web site. Abstracts submitted by postal/express mail must be received at AGU Headquarters by March 2, 2000. Abstracts submitted electronically by the Web must be received at AGU by 2200 UTC, March 9, 2000. These deadlines are firm and there are no exceptions.

Abstract submissions are now closed.

  1. Abstracts must be submitted by the above deadlines. These deadlines are firm and exceptions cannot be made.
  2. Abstracts must be submitted in English
  3. Abstracts must be in the proper format, including text, title, and complete author information.
  4. Abstracts must be proofread prior to submission. Abstracts received are considered final copy.
  5. Abstracts must be accompanied with submission fees. The submission fee is nonrefundable.
  6. Abstracts will not be accepted by fax or telecopier.
  7. Abstracts can only be submitted by members of AGU, GS, MSA, or one of the cosponsoring societies (AMS, AWRA, ERF, GSA, NAGT, SEPM, SSA, TOS). All others must have their abstract sponsored by a member of AGU, GS, or MSA, or accompanied by an AGU membership application (with payment).
  8. For the Spring Meeting, an author may submit more than one abstract with his or her name as first author to all sections except Space Physics and Aeronomy (SPA). The SPA section will accept only one contributed abstract by the same first author for presentation in SPA sessions, except that additional first-authored abstracts will be considered if they are: 1) invited by a SPA Program Committee Member, or 2) contributed to a SPA special session in the “Education” or “Public Policy” area. The Program Committee retains authority to accept or reject any paper submitted for the meeting.
  9. Submission of an abstract carries with it the obligation to present the paper in the mode of presentation and on the day and time assigned by the Program Committee. Once scheduled, presentations may not be moved.
  10. All accepted abstracts will be published in Eos. Submission of an abstract for the meeting is presumed to carry with it permission for AGU to reproduce the abstract in Eos, the AGU Web site, meeting programs, and reports related to the meeting. It is also presumed to permit the free copying of the abstract. Although Eos is a copyrighted publication, authors are not required to transfer copyright for abstracts submitted to meetings. Copyright, where it exists, will be reserved by the authors.

For instructions on how to format and submit your abstract by mail, please contact the meetings department at +1-202-777-7334.

Program Committee

Meeting Chair: Carol Simpson, Department of Earth Sciences, Boston University, 675 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215 USA, Phone: +1-617-353-2532, Fax: +1-617-353-3290, E-mail:

Atmospheric Sciences: Kenneth P. Bowman, Department of Meteorology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-3150 USA, Tel: +1-409-862-4060, Fax: +1-409-862-4132, E-mail:

Geodesy: Andrea Donnellan, Jet Propulsion Lab, MS 238-600, Pasadena, CA 91109-8099 USA, Tel: +1-818-354-4737, Fax: +1-818-393-4965, E-mail:

Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism: Michael Purucker, Geodynamics Branch and Raytheon ITSS, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 921, Greenbelt, MD 20771 USA, Tel: +1-301-614-6473, Fax: +1-301-614-6522, E-mail:

Geochemical Society (GS): S. L. S. Stipp, Interface Geochemistry, Geologisk Institut, Kobenhavns Universitet, 0ster Voldgade 10, DK-1350, Copenhagen K, Denmark, Tel: +45-35-32-24-80, Fax: +45-35-32-24-99, E-mail:

Hydrology: Laura Toran, Temple University, Dept. of Geology,
1901 N. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA 19122 USA, Tel: +1-215-204-2352, Fax: +1-215-204-3496, E-mail:

Mineralogical Society of America (MSA): Pamela C. Burnley, Department of Geology, Georgia State University, 340 Kell Hall, 24 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303 USA, Tel: +1-404-463-9551 or +1-404-651-2272, Fax: +1-404-651-1376, E-mail:

Ocean Sciences: Paul A. Baker, Department of Geology, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0227 USA, Tel: +1-919-684-6450, Fax: +1-919-286-0357, E-mail:

Planetary Sciences: Jim Garvin, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Mail Code 921, Greenbelt, MD 20771-0001 USA, Tel: +1-301-286-6569, E-mail:

Seismology: Robert van der Hilst, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, MIT, Room 54-514, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA, Tel: +1-617-253-6977, Fax: +1-617-253-7651, E-mail:

Space Physics and Aeronomy, Chair: William C. Feldman (SH), Los Alamos National Laboratory, MS D-466, Los Alamos, NM 87545 USA, Tel: +1-505-667-7372, Fax: +1-505-665-7395, E-mail:; Section Committee Members: Thomas Cravens (SA), Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045 USA, Tel: +1-785-864-4739, Fax: +1-785-864-5262, E-mail:; and Terrance G. Onsager (SM), NOAA R/E/SE, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80303 USA, Tel: +1-303-497-5713, Fax: +1-303-497-3645, E-mail:

Tectonophysics: C. J. Marone, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, MIT, Bldg. 54-724, Cambridge, MA 02139, Tel: +1-617-253-4352, Fax: +1-617-258-0620, E-mail:

Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology: James Brenan, Department of Geology, University of Toronto, Earth Sciences Centre, 22 Russell Street, Toronto, ON MS5 3B1, CANADA, Tel: +1-416-978-0281, Fax: +1-416-978-3938, E-mail:

American Water Resources Association (AWRA): Richard A. Engberg, AWRA, 4 West Federal Street, P.O. Box 1626, Middleburg, VA 20118-1626 USA, Tel: +1-540-687-8390, Fax: +1-540-687-8395, E-mail:

Geological Society of America (GSA): Sharon Mosher, Department of Geological Sciences, C1100, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712 USA, Tel: +1-512-471-4135, Fax: +1-512-471-9425, E-mail:

National Association of Geosciences Teachers (NAGT): Steven C. Semken, Dine College, NDEL, POB 580, Shiprock, NM 87420-0580 USA, Tel: +1-505-368-2020, Fax: +1-505-268-2023, E-mail:

The Oceanography Society (TOS): Melbourne G. Briscoe, 1709 Stonebridge Road, Alexandria, VA 22304 USA, Tel: +1-703-696-4120, Fax: +1-703-696-2007, E-mail:

Bigeosciences (B): Dork Sahagian,IGBP/GAIM, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824 USA, Tel: +1-603-862-3875, Fax: +1-603-862-3874, Email:

Education (ED): Stephanie Stockman, Landsat 7 Project Science Office/SSAI, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 921, Greenbelt, MD 20771 USA, Tel: +1-301-614-6457, Fax: +1-301-614-6522, E-mail:

Public Policy (PP): Louis J. Lanzerotti, Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technologies, 700 Mountin Avenue, Murray Hill, NJ 07974 USA, Tel: +1-908-582-2279, Fax: +1-908-582-3972, E-mail:

The Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM): William W. Hay, Ocean Drilling Program, JOIDES Office, GEOMAR, Wischhofstr. 1-3, 24148 Kiel, GERMANY, Tel: +49-431-600-2820, Fax: +49-431-600-2947, E-mail:

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