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2001 Spring Meeting 2001 Spring Meeting
John B. Hynes Convention Center
Boston, Massachusetts
29 May - 2 June 2001

(Tuesday through Saturday)
2001 Featured Lectures


The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is an international scientific society of 35,000 members, more than thirty percent of whom come from outside the U.S.  As a society we are dedicated to advancing the understanding of Earth and its environment in space and making results available to the public.

 The Geochemical Society (GS) is a non-profit scientific society founded to encourage the application of chemistry to the solution of geological and cosmological problems.  GS membership is international and diverse in background 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) provides a forum for individuals interested in mineralogy, crystallography, and petrology.

The American Astronomical Society, Solar Physics Division (AAS/SPD), established in 1899, is the major professional organization in North America for astronomers and other individuals interested in astronomy.

Important Spring Meeting Dates

Tuesday, 29 May, through Saturday, 2 June, the 2001 Spring Meeting will offer 5 days of scientific programming.

Monday, 28 May, which is Memorial Day, is the first day of on-site registration. The opening reception is scheduled for Monday evening.

Thursday, 1 March, is the deadline for receipt of the Postal/Express Mail 2001 Spring Meeting Abstract Submission Form. 

Thursday, 8 March at 2400 UTC, is the deadline for receipt of the 2001Spring Meeting Interactive Web Abstract Submission Form.

Monday, 30 April is the Preregistration and Housing deadline.

Spring Meeting Returns to Boston!

The Spring Meeting will return to Boston in 2001. Scientific sessions will again be held at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, located at 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115 USA.

Boston is one of the most popular and desirable visitor destinations in the world. As an international center for education, high technology, finance, architecture, and medicine, Boston maintains its reputation as a world-class city. Boston claims the highest student population in the United States, with more than 60 colleges and universities.

Boston is also a city rich in history, culture, and excitement. Boston's role in shaping American history is unique among all other cities. People are eager to see the places where the American Revolution was conceived and began; from the Boston Tea Party Ship to the Old North Church, history is on every corner in Boston. Boston's many museums, concert halls, theatres, nightclubs, and shopping areas are always buzzing with activity. With a wide array of diverse and interesting attractions, visitors to Boston are never at a loss for something to do.

Hotel information will be published in the February 20th issue of Eos. Hotel rooms sell out early, so reservations should be made promptly to ensure your hotel choice.


This meeting provides an outstanding opportunity for researchers, teachers,students, and consultants to review the latest issues affecting the Earth, theplanets, 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 on 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.

Don't miss this chance to attend scientific sessions targeting your specific needs and interests and to meet with your colleagues to review the latest developments in your field.

Bowie Lectures

The Bowie Lecture Series was inaugurated in 1989 to commemorate the 50th presentation of the William Bowie Medal, which is AGU's highest honor and was named for AGU's first president.

Wednesday, May 30

Langbein Lecture, "Hydrologic Variability and Its Societal Importance," presented by Stephen J. Burges. H31F; 1030h, CC: 304.

Nicolet Lecture, "From the Polar Mesopause to the Tropical Tropopause: The Cold Boundaries of the Middle Atmosphere," presented by George C. Reid. SA32A, SH32A, SM32B, SP32A; 1330h, CC: 210.

Daly Lecture, "Crystal-melt Partitioning: Recent Theoretical and Experimental Advances," presented by Bernard J. Wood. V32B; 1630h, CC: 203.

Thursday, May 31

Charney Lecture, "A Theory of Multiple Stable Climate Manifolds," presented by Kerry Emanuel. A42B; 1330h, CC: 312.

Section Lectures

Wednesday, May 30

Rachel Carson Lecture, "Pathways and Climate of the Deep North Atlantic," presented by Susan Lozier. OS32B; 1715h, CC: 311.

Friday, June 1

Hale Lecture, "The New Science of the Sun," presented by Alan M. Title. SP52A, SA52B, SH52B, SM52C; 1330, CC: 210.

Meeting Activities

In addition to providing an exciting scientific program and excellent networking opportunities, the 2001 Spring Meeting will offer these activities.

Social Activities and Business Meetings

For ticketed social events, we strongly encourage you to purchase tickets in advance with registration. Tickets may not be available for purchase at the meeting.

Ice Breaker
Monday, 28 May, 5:30-7:00 P.M.
Hynes Convention Center

The Effects of Solar Variability on Geospace, the Earth, and Humanity: A Roundtable Discussion
Tuesday, May 29
5:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M.
Hynes Convention Center, Room 208

This panel of representatives of federal agencies and community groups will present brief updates on the status of research programs focused on solar influences, and provide an opportunity for community input.

NSF Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, 29 May, 5:30-7:00 P.M.
Hynes Convention Center, Room 210

The National Science Foundation has a number of foundation-wide competitions targeted at specific priority areas. The latter include: Biocomplexity in the Environment (BE), Information Technology Research (ITR), and Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE). Program officers involved in the planning and implementation of these competitions will briefly outline the scope of each priority area, including its relevance to the geosciences, and answer questions.Other NSF efforts likely to have an impact on geosciences will also be discussed. These efforts include activities in education and workforce training, and in interdisciplinary mathematics.

A Forum on Solid-Earth Science at NASA: The Next 25 Years
Tuesday, May 29
5:30 P.M.-7:00 P.M.
Hynes Convention Center, Room 202

NASA has formed a Solid Earth Science Working Group (SESWG) to draft a scientific strategy for the agency's program in solid-Earth science over the next 25 years. In a forum open to all AGU members, representatives of the working group will summarize the principal elements envisioned for a research program in solid-Earth science at NASA, and comments and suggestions will be solicited from the audience.

Overview talks will be given on the following scientific and societal issues which should form the framework for NASA's program in solid-Earth science: (1) What is the nature of deformation at plate boundaries? (2) How does magma move at depth, and under what conditions does it erupt? (3) What are the dynamics of Earth's mantle and core? (4) What are the forces driving Earth's magnetic field and how is it changing? (5) What is the role of major events in the evolution of the land surface, and how does that evolution reflect interactions among tectonics, erosion, and climate? (6) How are the Earth's major ice sheets evolving dynamically? For each topic, the scientific objectives define observational and measurement strategies, as well as needs for infrastructure investment, technology development, and support for associated theory and data analysis.

Geophysical Information for Teachers (GIFT)
Wednesday, May 30
8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
Hynes Convention Center, Room 301

A workshop will be offered for teachers of precollege students, giving teachers a chance to meet the scientists doing the research that is defining our physical world and its environment in space. For further information, please contact Jennifer Giesler at AGU, Tel: 1-800-966-2481 or +1-202-777-7512, Fax: +1-202-328-0566, E-mail:

Solar and Space Physics Town Hall Meeting
A Community Assessment and Strategy for the Future Wednesday, May 30
5:15 P.M.- 8:30 P.M.
Hynes Convention Center, Room 207

The National Research Council has approved a study to assess the current status and future directions of U.S. ground- and space-based solar and space physics research programs. The study, which is similar to the "decadal survey" that is regularly undertaken by the astronomy and astrophysics communities, is being conducted by five thematic panels under the oversight of a Survey Committee. This committee and the study panels are charged with soliciting broad community input about scientific and programmatic priorities in the fields of solar and space physics for the decade 2003-2013. Accordingly, the Survey Committee has organized this town meeting to give members of the solar and space physics communities an opportunity to discuss their thoughts, concerns, and suggestions about these issues with representatives of the Survey Committee and study panels. The meeting format provides for a plenary discussion followed by discussions with representatives of the individual panels.

Section Events

SPA/SPD Dinner and SolarMax 2000 at the Science Museum
Tuesday, 29 May, 2001, 6:30 p.m.
Boston Museum of Science

What does $25 normally buy you at the Spring Meeting? Lunch. What will it buy this year?

Thanks to our sponsors: 
   NASA (Museum)
   NSF (Film)
   New England area institutions (Food and Drink): 
        · Air Force Research Laboratory Space Weather Center of Excellence
        · Boston University Center for Space Physics
        · Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Atrophysics
        · MIT Center for Space Research, Department of Physics, and Department of Earth, Atmosphere, and Planets
        · Tufts University Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dean for Natural and Social Sciences, and the Provost
        · University of New Hampshire Space Science Center
Ticket: $ 25 per person

Hydrology Section Lunch (Ticketed)
Wednesday, 30 May, 12:00-1:30 P.M.
Ticket: $25.00

Section Receptions

Wednesday, 30 May, 5:30-7:00 P.M.
(Complimentary beer and snacks)

  • Atmospheric Sciences, Sheraton Hotel, Back Bay C
  • Biogeosciences, Sheraton Hotel, Back Bay B
  • Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism, Sheraton Hotel, Independence East
  • Seismology and Geodesy (Joint), Sheraton Hotel, Independence West
  • Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology, and Planetary Sciences (Joint), Hynes Convention Center, Room 203

    Honors Evening
    Join in and pay tribute to the 2001 AGU medalists and fellows.
    Thursday, 31 May
    Hynes Convention Center
    5:30 P.M. P.M. Ceremony
    Reception immediately following ceremony

    7:00 P.M. Banquet (Ticketed)
    Sheraton Boston Hotel
    Tickets: $45.00 

    AGU Council Meeting
    (Followed by the Annual Business Meeting)
    Friday, 1 June, 5:30 P.M.
    Sheraton Hotel

    Field Trips to LTER Sites (Ticketed)
    Saturday, 2 June, 8:00am     Registration deadline extended.

    Two exciting field trips, sponsored by the AGU Biogeosciences section, have been arranged at two of New England's Long-Term Ecological Research Sites:

  • Harvard Forest Long-Term Ecological Research Site (HF-LTER)
  • Plum Island Ecosystems Long-Term Ecological Research Site (PIE-LTER)
  • Buses/vans will depart promptly at 8:00 A.M. from the Boylston entrance of the Hynes Convention Center. It is recommended that you check-in no later than 7:45 A.M.

    Both field trips are scheduled for all day Saturday, June 2 (the last day of the Spring meeting), so you will need to choose between the more terrestrial (Harvard Forest), or the more coastal/marine trip (Plum Island). There are no other Biogeosciences sessions scheduled to conflict with the field trips, so all can attend. These field trips will be the culmination of a week of exciting oral and poster sessions in Biogeosciences and related sessions held jointly with other sections.

    All Spring Meeting attendees and their guests are welcome to participate. There is a registration fee of $35.00 per person for each field trip which includes transportation, lunch, and materials. Participants must register in advance by completing the registration formand returning it to AGU with payment. Each participant must also complete a signed field trip waiver form. We will look forward to seeing you there!

    FOR INFORMATION AT THE MEETING, contact the Message and Information Desk (617-954-3121, fax 617-954-3122).

    For more information, please contact Doug Burns (Biogeosciences Field TripCoordinator), +1-518-285-5662,,or Ellyn Terry (AGU Meetings Manager), +1-202-777-7335,

    Meeting Services

    Accessibility for Registrants with Disabilities

    AGU wants to ensure that all people have access to the sessions and events they wish to attend at this meeting. If you have special needs, AGU will work with its vendors to provide reasonable support in these cases. Such cases may include, but are not limited to, providing wheelchairs, specially equipped hotel sleeping rooms, or TDD systems. Contact AGU's Meetings Department at+1-202-777-7334, for more information on these services.

    Career Center

    The Career Center, sponsored by the Committee on Education and Human Resources (CEHR), is held at AGU's Spring, Fall and Ocean Sciences Meetings for geoscientists seeking employment and employers looking for staff with scientific training. Employers may review current resumes, meet with highly-skilled candidates, and post open positions. Job candidates may submit their resume, browse through positions posted by employers, and meet with employers.

    The Career Center for the 2001 Spring Meeting will be located in the JohnB. Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts. Hours of operation will beTuesday, 29 May - Thursday, 31 May from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Friday, 1June from 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Staff will be available to assist candidates and employers and to set up interviews.

    For more information about the Career Center, contact Jennifer Giesler,+1-202-777-7512, orBrandi Randall, +1-202-777-7504,

    Information about other career projects at AGU, visit the Careers in Science site.

    Child Care

    KiddieCorp will offer professional child care services at the Spring Meeting, Tuesday, 29 May through Saturday, 2 June, 8:15 A.M.-5:15 P.M. Fees are $6.00 per hour, with a 2-hour minimum. For more information on how to register for child care at the Spring Meeting, contact KiddieCorp, Tel: +1-858-455-1718, E-mail: or Web site:

    Advance reservations are required. Child care services are a contractual agreement between each individual and the child care company. AGU assumes no responsibility for the services rendered.


    Exhibitors: AGU offers you the opportunity to present your geophysical instruments, computer software and hardware, equipment, books, and educational, research, association, and government programs as an exhibitor at the 2001 Spring Meeting. Each commercial/government exhibitor booth includes two complimentary meeting registrations (including technical sessions). Each nonprofit booth includes one meeting registration. Additional registrations may be purchased at the regular meeting registration rates. These registrations do not include ticketed events. Each person at the exhibit booth must be registered for the meeting. Each booth registration includes one abstract volume and two meeting programs. 

    The complete meeting prospectus for exhibitors (pdf file format, 155kb) and an exhibitor application form (pdf file format, 21kb) are available online. For additional information please contact Dazzerine Hall, Tel: +1-202-777-7318, Fax: +1-202-328-0566, E-mail:

    Exhibits will be located in Exhibit Hall C of the Hynes Convention Center. See a complete list of exhibitors as of May 7.

    Be sure to make plans to stop and visit with the exhibitors. Exhibits will be open Wednesday through Friday, 30 May -1 June, 8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M. The AGU Booth will be open Tuesday, 29 May - Friday, 1 June, 8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M. The AGU Booth sells books, journals, maps, memberships, gift items, and memorabilia.

    Public Information

    How to Reach the Public

    As part of AGU's goal to promote public understanding of geophysics, AGU operates a newsroom and holds news conferences at its national meetings. News releases and copies of journal articles about research being presented at themeeting are made available to reporters in the newsroom.

    If you are presenting research that could be of interest to the general public, you can contact the public information office at your institution oragency in advance of the meeting for help in writing a news release. For more information about planning news conferences or other public information activities, contact:

    Harvey Leifert, American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Avenue, N.W.,Washington, DC 20009; Phone: 202-462-6900, ext. 507; Fax: 202-328-0566; E-mail: to meet and talk with Federal agency representatives.

    E-mail Service, allowing attendees to check e-mail during the meeting.

    Optional tours and activities in and around the Boston area.

    Programs for Students

    We encourage students to participate in this meeting by submitting an abstract and attending presentations. In addition, the following opportunities are available to students. All first-author students presenting a paper are eligible to compete for Outstanding Student Paper Awards. Winners will receive certificates and have their photographs and bios published in Eos. For more information, e-mail Student travel grants are available for a limited number of AGU student members who are first authors presenting a paper/poster, and whose research is not supported by a grant or contact.  To be eligible for consideration, the applicants must have paid their dues for 2001. Student members NOT eligible for a Berkner Travel Fellowship may apply. List of Berkner countries Deadline for receipt of the Travel Grant Application was 9 March 2001. Inquiries from students or faculty advisors may be directed to Wynetta Singhateh by E-mail: or by phone: +1-800-966-2481, ext. 515 or +1-202-777-7515.

    A limited number of Berkner Travel Fellowships will be awarded to students and young scientists in economically depressed or developing countries.  The deadline for receipt of these applications was 31 January 2001.  For further information, contact Lee Zirkel by email: or call +1-202-777-7516.

    Students receive a reduced registration fee to the meeting and student members of AGU and sponsoring societies pay even less! To request an AGU membership application and information, e-mail: or call 1-800-966-2481 or +1-202-462-6900. Special discount housing at Simmons College is available to help students keep the costs of attending the meeting more reasonable. Deadline for application is 13 April 2001. AGU is allocating funds to assist students to attend and participate in the Spring Meeting. Travel grants will assist groups of four or more students who are willing to van pool or car pool to Boston. Tentative support rates (dependent upon number of applications received) will be $.31 per mile round-trip, with a minimum round-trip distance of 200 miles, and a maximum grant of $300.00. Applications are due 20 April 2001.

    Preference will be given to (1) groups traveling with larger number of passengers, (2) those traveling from further distances, and (3) a geographical distribution of institutions.

    Students are encouraged to apply to their academic departments for matching travel grants to provide further assistance to attend the Spring Meeting. Print the Student Van Pool/Carpool Application, complete, and return to AGU by 20 April 2001.

    For more information, please contact the AGU Meetings Department, Tel: 1-800-966-2481 or +1-202-777-7334, Fax: +1-202-328-0566.


    Program Committee

    Meeting Chairman and Union Representative: Scott King, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN  47907-1397,  Phone: +1-765-494-3696, Fax: +1-765-496-1210, E-mail:

    Atmospheric Sciences: Linnea M. Avallone, University of Colorado, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Campus Box 590, Boulder, Colorado 80309, Phone: +1-303-492-5913, Fax: +1-303 492-6444, E-mail:

    Biogeosciences: Ruth Defries, University of Maryland, Department of Geography, Lefrak Hall, College Park, Maryland 20742, Phone: +1-301-405-4884, Fax: +1-301-314-9299,

    Geodesy, Chair: Andrea Donnellan, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 238-600, Pasadena, California 91109-8099, Phone: +1-818-354-4737, Fax: +1-818-393-4965, E-mail:

    Committee Member: Bruce Haines, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 238-600, Building 238, Room 628, Pasadena, California 91109-8099, Phone: +1-818-354-0686, Fax: +1-818-393-4965, E-mail:

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

    Geochemical Society: David R. Cole, Geochemistry Group, Chemical & Analytical Sciences Div, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PO Box 2008, Bldg 4500-S, MS-6110, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6110, Phone: +1-423-574-5473, Fax: +1-423-574-4961, E-mail:

    HydrologyAllen Bradley, University of Iowa, Institute of Hydraulic Research, 404 Hydraulics Laboratory, Iowa City, Iowa 52242, Phone: +1-319-335-6117, Fax: +1-319-335-5238,

    Mineralogical Society: Yingwei Fei, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 5251 Broad Branch Road, NW, Washington, DC 20015, Phone: +1-202-478-8936, Fax: +1-202-478-8901, E-mail:

    Nonlinear Geophysics:  Kristy Tiampo, 3142 5th Street, Boulder, CO 80304, Phone: +1-303-492-4779, Fax: +1-303-545-0106, E-Mail:

    Ocean SciencesAlan C. Mix, Oregon State University, College of Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences, Oceanography Administration Building 104, Corvallis, Oregon 97331-5503, Phone: +1-541-737-5212, Fax: +1-541-737-2064,

    Planetary SciencesJames R. Zimbelman, Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, CEPS MRC 315, Washington, D.C. 20560, Phone: +1-202-786-2981, Fax: +1-202-786-2566, E-mail:

    SeismologyEdward Garnero, Arizona State University, Department of Geology, Box 871404, Tempe, Arizona 85287-1404, Phone: +1-480-965-5768, Fax: +1-480-965-8102, E-mail:

    Space Physics and AeronomyChair (SA) Robert R. Meier, Naval Research Laboratory, 4555 Overlook Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20375, Phone: +1-202-767-2773, Fax: +1-202-404-8090, E-mail:;
    Committee Members (SH)Nancy Crooker, Boston University, Center for Space Physics, 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, Phone: +1-617-353-7423, Fax: +1-617-353-6463, E-mail:;
    (SM)Terrance G. Onsager, NOAA Space Environment Center, 325 Broadway R/E/SE, Boulder, Colorado 80303, Phone: +1-303-497-5713, Fax: +1-303-497-3645, E-mail:

    Solar Physics Division (AAS): John Leibacher, Global Oscillation Network Group, National Solar Observatory, Post Office Box 26732, Tucson, Arizona  85726-6732, Phone: +1-520-318-8305, Fax: +1-520-318-8400, E-mail:

    TectonophysicsLars Stixrude, University of Michigan, Department of Geological Sciences, 2534 CC Little Building, 425 East University Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1063, Phone: +1-313-647-9071, Fax: +1-313-763-4690,

    Volcanology:Steven B. Shirey, Carnegie Institute of Washington, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, 5241 Broad Branch Road, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20015, Phone: +1-202-686-2560, Fax: +1-202-364-8726, E-mail:

    Committee on Education and Human Resources (CEHR): Stephanie Ann Stockman, NASA/GSFC, Code 921, Greenbelt, MD 20771; Phone: +1-301-614-6457;  Fax: +1-301-614-6522; E-mail:

    Committee on Public Affairs (COPA):  Jack D. Fellows,  P.O. Box 3000, Boulder CO 80307-3000, Phone: +1-303- 497-8655; Fax: +1-303-497-8638; E-mail:


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