International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans

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International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans
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Region served
Official language
Trevor McDougall,   Australia
Parent organization
International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
Website IAPSO Official website

International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO) is one of eight associations of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), constituted within the International Council of Science (ICSU). [1] It was founded in 1919 as an oceanographic section of the IUGG and renamed an association in 1931. [2] IAPSO is the primary body responsible for maintaining and improving oceanographic standards and practices. The President of IAPSO is Professor Trevor McDougall AC FAA FRS. [3]

IAPSO’s Goal and Objectives

IAPSO’s prime goal is "promoting the study of scientific problems relating to the oceans and the interactions taking places at the sea floor, coastal, and atmospheric boundaries insofar as such research is conducted by the use of mathematics, physics, and chemistry." [1] This goal is addressed through four objectives:

  • Organization, sponsorship, and co-sponsorship of formal and informal international events to facilitate communication of ocean scientists throughout the world;
  • Establishment of commissions, sub-committees, and organization of commensurate workshops to support and coordinate new and advanced international research activities;
  • Provision of services needed to conduct the physical oceanography;
  • Publishing proceedings of the conducted events and fundamental references on the current state-of-the art and knowledge of physical oceanography. [1]

Awards and Honors

Prince Albert I Medal

The Prince Albert I Medal is awarded by the Foundation Rainier III of Monaco every two years to scientists with outstanding contributions to the physical and/or chemical sciences of the oceans. In 2019 the recipient of Prince Albert I Medal became Dr. Corinne Le Quéré, FRS, Professor of Climate Change Science at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, and Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (2011-2018). [4] [5]

Eugene LaFond Medal

The Eugene LaFond Medal is awarded to ocean scientists from developing countries for presentation (poster or oral) in a IAPSO-sponsored or co-sponsored symposium at the IUGG or IAPSO assemblies. In 2019 The Eugene LaFond Medal 2019 was awarded at the IUGG General Assembly in Montreal, Canada, July 8 - 18, 2019 to Rohith Balakrishnan from India. [4] [6]

IAPSO Early Career Scientist Medal      

The award is granted every two years to early career scientists for outstanding research in the physical/chemical sciences of the oceans and for their cooperation in international research. In 2019, Dr. Gerard McCarthy, Lecturer at the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, Maynooth University, Ireland became the recipient of the IAPSO Early Career Scientist medal in physical ocean science, [7] and Dr. Mar Benavides, Scientific Researcher at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development, Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, Marseille, France - the recipient of the IAPSO Early Career Scientist medal in chemical ocean science. [8]


  1. ^ a b c "IAPSO - IAPSO". Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  2. ^ Bekiashev, Kamil A.; Serebriakov, Vitali V. (1981), Bekiashev, Kamil A.; Serebriakov, Vitali V. (eds.), "International Association of the Physical Sciences of the Ocean (IAPSO)", International Marine Organizations: Essays on Structure and Activities, Springer Netherlands, pp. 447–452, doi: 10.1007/978-94-009-8261-1_34, ISBN  978-94-009-8261-1
  3. ^ "Australian scientists recognised at international geophysics meeting | Australian Academy of Science". Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  4. ^ a b "IAPSO - Awards and Honors". Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  5. ^ "World's leading scientists awarded Royal Society Research Professorships | Royal Society". Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  6. ^ "ESSO- Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, "Ocean Valley", Pragathi Nagar (BO), Nizampet (SO) {Landmarks/Ref: nr ALEAP, Approach Road : Opp. JNTU - Kukatpally }, Hyderabad (2020)". Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  7. ^ "Geography - Dr Gerard McCarthy awarded the IUGG IAPSO Early Career Scientist Award | Maynooth University". Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  8. ^ "Awards". Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography. 2019-01-20. Retrieved 2020-03-31.