International scientific organization

IAPSO/IUGG - International Association of Physical Sciences of the Oceans

At the first General Assembly of IUGG (Rome, 1922), the Section d'Océanographie became one of the constituent Sections of the Union. Its current name was assigned during the XIV General Assembly of IUGG (Zurich, 1967). IAPSO promotes the study of the physical sciences of the oceans, the interactions taking place on the seabed, on the coasts and when in contact with the atmosphere, by organizing international conferences and publishing material for scholars studying the oceans around the world. Its Committees, sub-committees and workshops encourage new international cutting-edge research. Furthermore, IAPSO provides basic services, such as the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level and IAPSO Standard Seawater Service. IAPSO collaborates closely with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and with the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) ICSU. IAPSO is one of the eight associations that have joined the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG). IAPSO's president is a member of the SCOR Executive Committee and also president of IAMAS.

IAPSO has International committees on the following topics:

  • Mean Sea Level and Tides
  • Properties of sea water (in collaboration with SCOR and IAPWS)
  • Tsunami Committees (in partnership with IASPEI and IAVCEI)
  • Geo-risk Committees (in collaboration with IAMAS, IAHS, IASPEI and IAVCEI)
  • International Ocean Network (in partnership with IASPEI and IAGA).

In May 2016 a report was published on "Future of the Ocean and its Seas: a non-governmental scientific perspective on seven marine research issues of G7 interest ". technology-Ministers-meeting-in-japan

This report is a summary of the work of an international group of experts made up of IAPSO (IUGG) and SCOR, in response to the press release following the "Meeting of G7 Ministers of Science" (Berlin, 8-9 October 2015).

The report contains recommendations to policy makers on how to address seven of the issues identified and mentioned in the G7 press release: Plastic pollution of the marine environment, Deep-sea mining and its ecosystem impacts, Ocean acidification, De-oxygenation, Ocean warming, Biodiversity loss, ecosystem Marine degradation.


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