About The Oceanography Society

Recognizing Excellence, Disseminating Knowledge, Promoting Communication
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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.

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


Munk Medal | Recognizing Distinguished Research in Physical Oceanography, Ocean Acoustics, or Marine Geophysics

Jerlov Award | Recognizing Advancements Made to Our Knowledge of the Nature and Consequences of Light in the Ocean

TOS Fellows Program | Recognizing Individuals Who Have Attained Eminence in Oceanography


TOS-Supported Meetings | Providing a Venue for Robust Technical Dialogue Across the Disciplines of Oceanography


Oceanography | The Award-Winning Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society

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