International Meeting of Students in Physical Oceanography 2008

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA

22-24 October 2008

Purpose Date & Location Who Registration Agenda Getting Here Accommodations History Organization Contact

Talks Posted !

Abstract and Program Book


The primary goal of IMSPO is to bring together students in physical oceanography and related fields of environmental fluid dynamics, atmospheric physics, biophysical interactions and ocean-atmosphere interactions to engage in scientific discussion and forge future relationships in a friendly and supportive environment.

Date and Location

IMSPO 2008 will be held at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California, San Diego on 22-24 October 2008. SIO is located in La Jolla, California, USA. All talks and breaks will take place in Hubbs Hall 4500. Breakfast and lunch each day will be at the Martin Johnson House. Dinners will be in various locations. A map of the Scripps Campus is here.

Who May Apply

We invite graduate students in physical oceanography and related fields to submit abstracts for 20 minute talks. Applicants from any country are invited to attend. Masters and doctoral students are welcome.


Abstract submission for IMSPO 2008 has closed. All attendees should check-in at the registration table during breakfast at the Martin Johnson House on the SIO campus at 0830 on Wednesday 22 October. The $5 registration fee will be due at that time.


We plan to schedule student talks throughout the day for three days. Each speaker will be given a 20 minute block and we will enforce a 15 minute limit on talks to provide ample time for questions and discusssion. Distinguished plenary speakers will speak each day. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. We will organize evening social events for attendees. The full schedule is included in the Abstract and Program Book.

Plenary Speakers

J.C. McWilliams (UCLA), D. Roemmich (SIO) and M. Lopez (CICESE) will each give plenary lectures during IMSPO 2008.


Please plan to arrive in time for the beginning of the conferences at 0830 on 22 October and stay through the traditional SIO TG celebration on the evening of 24 October. There may also be optional social activities arranged for Saturday. We are currently unable to provide travel funds.

By Land:

US Interstate 5 provides easy access to SIO from the north and south (including Baja California, Mexico). US Interstate 8 intersects Interstate 5 just south of La Jolla.

By Air:

San Diego International Airport (SAN) is most convenient to SIO. Los Angeles International (LAX) has many more international arrivals and departures. Flying into the Tijauna International Airport in Mexico is also a possibility. We are currently unable to provide travel funds.


Those who have requested to will be staying with SIO students. Participants not requesting housing with students are responsible for arranging their own accommodations.


The 1st IMSPO was held at CICESE (Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada) in Ensenada, Mexico June 27-29, 2007 ( Masters and Ph.D students from 7 schools in Mexico and the US attended as well as faculty from CICESE and SIO. IMSPO developed from the CICESE-SIO Mexican-American Physical Oceanography Summer Student Seminar Series of 2005.


IMSPO 2008 is being organized by students in physical oceanography at SIO with faculty and institutional support. Financial support is being provided by the Oceans and Atmospheres Section of SIO. The IMSPO Organizing Committee consists of:


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