Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 21 Issue 03

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Volume 21, No. 3
Pages 22 - 25

The Oceanography Society: Its Importance Then and Now

D. James Baker | Global Carbon Measurement Program, The William J. Clinton Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, USA, and a former Administrator of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
W. Stanley Wilson | NOAA Satellite and Information Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, MD, USA

First Paragraph

At the beginning, The Oceanography Society (TOS) organizers believed that the time was right for a stand-alone society serving all disciplines of oceanography (Baker, 1988). We also believed that there was a need for a scientifically based publication accessible to all oceanographers, that new arrangements for meetings should be tried, and that oceanographers needed to start making a stronger case for funding for our field. And we wanted to bring all, or as many as possible, of the working oceanographers into the society to build professional bonds.


Baker, D.J., and W.S. Wilson. 2008. The Oceanography Society: Its importance then and now. Oceanography 21(3):22–25, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2008.31.