News and Announcements

TOS NEWS — July 1, 2019

News Archive

1. Message from TOS President, Martin Visbeck:
Announcing the New TOS Honors Program!

One of the most meaningful aspects of being a TOS Member is the opportunity to recognize and celebrate our colleagues’ outstanding accomplishments. In support of this goal, the TOS Council is excited to announce the significantly enhanced TOS Honors program, which includes one change and several new recognitions:

  • The Walter Munk Award has been upgraded to a Medal and will cover a broader area of oceanography. From 2020 onward, the Walter Munk Award Medal will recognize impactful, innovative and/or transformative contributions in the areas of physical oceanography, ocean acoustics, or marine geophysics
  • The Mary Sears Medal recognizes extraordinary accomplishments and novel insights in the areas of biological oceanography, marine biology, or marine ecology
  • The Wallace S. Broecker Medal recognizes extraordinary accomplishments and novel insights in the areas of marine geoscience, chemical oceanography, or paleoceanography

Together, the three honors cover most if not all the oceanographic subdisciplines that TOS Members associate with and recipients will be selected every odd year. It is our desire to offer a set of medals to recognize outstanding talent and accomplishments across membership.

In addition to world leading science, TOS will recognize early career talent as well as excellence in mentoring. These awards will be selected every even year.

  • The TOS Early Career Awards are presented to ocean scientists who demonstrate extraordinary scientific excellence and the potential to shape the future of oceanography
  • The TOS Mentoring Award is presented to an ocean scientist who demonstrates excellence and/or innovation in mentoring the next generation of ocean scientists.

The criteria and eligibility for TOS Fellows and the Jerlov Award remain almost the same as before. Council has requested that past, current, and future TOS presidents will be recognized as TOS Fellows.

Detailed information about the TOS Honors program is available here. I invite you to read more about these new honors, and to nominate a colleague. The next nomination deadline for the Sears, Broecker, Munk, and TOS Fellows is October 31, 2019. The next nomination deadline for the Jerlov Award is March 31, 2020, and the Early Career and Mentoring award nomination deadline is October 31, 2020. Recipients selected after the October 31, 2019, review will be recognized during the Ocean Sciences Meeting in February 2020.

2. TOS Ethics Resource Page

The TOS Ethics Committee has guided the development of the Ethics Resource page which includes the names and email addresses for Ethics Committee members, links to the TOS Policy on Professional Integrity, Ethics, and Conduct and Guidelines on Implementation as well as other resources, such as the Guide to Organizing Inclusive Meetings. TOS members are encouraged to contact members of the Ethics Committee with any concerns or suggestions for additional resources.

3. SPURS-2 Issue of Oceanography Online 

Articles from the special issue of Oceanography focusing on SPURS-2: Salinity Processes in the Upper-Ocean Regional Study 2 are now available here; a notification to all members providing access to the full PDF version of this issue was sent from Oceanography Magazine<> on June 19. Mailed copies should reach recipients within the next few weeks.

4. 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting: Connecting Art and Science

The 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM) Planning Committee is seeking suggestions for displays that connect art and science at the OSM. We’ve already received several intriguing ideas; TOS members who would like to get involved in this initiative can contact Jenny Ramarui, and will then be connected to the Planning Committee. Responses by July 31 would be appreciated.


TOS is making great strides toward fulfilling its mission as we grow to represent more members of the oceanographic community worldwide. Please invite your colleagues to join by forwarding them this link to the membership page. If you would like to support TOS initiatives and programs, please consider contributing by following this link.

Please contact Jenny Ramarui (, TOS Executive Director, with any questions about items in this message or your membership.

Community Announcements


Journal of Marine Research Online Archive Now Available Online

An online archive of more than 1,000 articles from the Journal of Marine Research since its inception in November 1937, through to Volume 40 (1982), is now available as free downloadable searchable PDF files that have been scanned from the original issues.

The archive, along with all other back issues, can be accessed on the Journal of Marine Research website.

The collection includes a trove of classic papers by H. Sverdrup, S.A. Waksman, C.-G. Rossby (including the Rossby wave paper!) and others right up to current times. 

ScienceCounts / Alda Scientist Survey Results

This study assessed scientists’ views on public engagement and science communication training, and probes attitudes on trust, funding, and emotional motivators as a function of employment sector, personal ideology, career level, and field of study.


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