The Council is The Oceanography Society’s governing body and is responsible for directing the affairs and determining the future of the Society. Council members serve three-year terms and elections are held each year for those positions with expiring terms. The election for president-elect is held every two years. The Council appoints the appointed officers.
The TOS Ethics Committee responsible for investigating reported cases of alleged scientific misconduct by TOS members, attendees at TOS conferences, and other TOS-related activities. The Ethics Committee makes recommendations to the TOS Council and also works with Council on other matters relating to ethics.