Format and Schedule

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The conference will span five days with plenary morning session of invited and contributed talks. Afternoons are off for (organized) activities to stimulate informal exchange and discussions. At the end of each afternoon an invited talk will be followed by a poster session. On Wednesday there is a morning program of group discussion sessions with reporting over dinner.

The meeting will have 4 main thematic sessions and a large discussion session. Each thematic session is related to a leading scientific question. These questions are:

  1. What are the main circulation and transport features of the greater Agulhas System?
  2. What are the effects of Agulhas system variability on regional weather, climate, bio-physical interactions, marine ecosystems and fisheries?
  3. What is the impact of Agulhas Retroflection and Leakage on large-scale ocean circulation and climate?
  4. What are the physical mechanisms that link the Agulhas system to changes in ocean circulation and climate?

The thematic sessions will include invited and contributed papers. The sessions will be interdisciplinary and combine presentations of the modern observations, paleoceanographic reconstructions and numerical modeling communities. Open discussion sessions will be devoted to uncertainties, possible Agulhas indices and future directions in modeling and (sustained) observational programs.

 

Fields of Interest

Oceanography, climate science, paleoceanography, paleo-climatology, ocean and climate modeling, marine ecology (including fisheries, bio-physical interactions), satellite remote sensing, non-linear dynamics.

Participants and guests will be drawn from the general oceanography and climate communities, the African region and from scientists and Ph.D. students associated with the SCOR WG 136 and ongoing and future programs: ASCLME, GATEWAYS, INATEX, GOOD HOPE, ACT, SAMOC, CLIMATCH, MASMA, CLIVAR IO and ATLANTIC, WIO-RISE: Western Indian Ocean Regional Initiative. We also expect participation from high resolution modeling groups from around the world that are becoming aware of the global impact of the processes in the Agulhas region. Invited will also be representatives from NOAA, IOC, ONR, NSF, NWO.

 

Poster Presentation Guidelines

Poster sessions are active on Monday, 8 October, Tuesday, 9 October, and Thursday, 11 October, from 1730h – 1945h, and Friday, 12 October from 1400h – 1530h.

AO size posters = 1189 mm W x 841 mm H. The poster dimensions are 2380 mm in width and 950 mm in height. All boards will be marked with the appropriate poster number and category.

Those presenting their posters on Monday are asked to set up their posters on Monday, 8 October between the hours of 0830h–1400h, and must remove them by 1945h.

Those presenting their posters on Tuesday are asked to set up their posters on Tuesday, 9 October between the hours of 0830h–1400h, and must remove them by 1945h.

Those presenting their posters on Thursday are asked to set up their posters on Thursday, 11 October between the hours of 0830h–1400h, and must remove them by 1945h.

Those presenting their posters on Friday are asked to set up their posters on Friday, 12 October between the hours of 0900h–1300h, and must remove them must 1530h.

Basic poster supplies will be available for your use. If you have special supply needs, please remember to bring them with you.

 

Activities

Conference activities will include:

Sunday, 7 October
Welcome Reception

Monday, 8 October
Afternoon Lawn Games at Spier Resort
Dinner at Spier Resort

Tuesday, 9 October
Afternoon Hike to Helderberg
Important: Good walking shoes will be required and a fleece/rain jacket should be brought along in case of weather change. Good idea to also bring a water bottle.

Wednesday, 10 October
Afternoon Township Tour
Afternoon Excursion to Table Mountain

Thursday, 11 October
Afternoon Lawn Games at Spier Resort
Dinner at Spier Resort

Friday, 12 October
Evening Excursion to Cape Town