The Oceanography Society (TOS) was founded in 1988 to advance oceanographic research, technology, and education, and to disseminate knowledge of oceanography and its application through research and education. TOS promotes the broad understanding of oceanography, facilitates consensus building across all the disciplines of the field, and informs the public about ocean research, innovative technology, and educational opportunities throughout the spectrum of oceanographic inquiry. TOS welcomes members from all nations. Any individual, business, or organization interested in ocean sciences is encouraged to join and to participate in the activities and benefits of the society.



As a professional society, TOS is committed to supporting a community that encourages the open expression and exchange of ideas, that is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and that is welcoming to all members and to those who participate in its activities. In pursuit of that commitment, TOS is dedicated to the philosophy of equality of opportunity and treatment for all participants.



One of the most meaningful aspects of being a member of The Oceanography Society is the opportunity to recognize and celebrate our colleagues’ accomplishments through the TOS Honors Program. Please take this opportunity to recognize a colleague, mentor, peer, or student for their exceptional achievements and contributions to the ocean sciences.


TOS-supported meetings  provide a venue for robust technical dialogue across the disciplines of oceanography. Major TOS-supported scientific meetings include the Ocean Optics Conference and Ocean Sciences Meeting. TOS also sponsors webinars and panel discussions to broaden communication and share new ideas.


A principal way that TOS promotes cross-disciplinary communication is through its open-access journal, Oceanography. The journal presents significant research, noteworthy achievements, exciting new technology, and articles that address public policy and education and how they are affected by science and technology. 

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The Oceanography Society is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization incorporated in the District of Columbia.

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