Resolution adopted in 2023

IAPSO action plan to implement IUGG Resolution 1:  “Reducing the Carbon Footprint by the Research Community” (link)

At the Berlin IUGG General Assembly in July 2023 IAPSO adopted the following action plan to reduce its carbon footprint. As a constituent association of IUGG, IAPSO hosts a major in-person scientific meeting every two years, one of which is in conjunction with the General Assembly of IUGG held every 4 years. In-person meetings bring many benefits, including networking opportunities as well as time for in-depth discussion of scientific and administrative issues. IAPSO supports the continuation of air travel to these bi-annual meetings, although IAPSO will work to reduce its overall carbon footprint through some specific actions, including:

  • Meeting locations should be optimised to reduce travel (for example by holding meetings at or near transport hubs or global population centres).
  • IAPSO assemblies should encourage and facilitate hybrid online engagement to complement the in-person programme.
  • IAPSO encourages the use of ground transportation instead of air travel, and prefers meeting sites that can be reached in under eight hours by ground transportation for most participants.
  • From July 2023, IAPSO will participate only via videoconference for any standalone IUGG business meetings not held during an IUGG General Assembly. In-person participation may be supported only in exceptional cases if the business meeting site can be reached by train or other ground transportation.
  • IAPSO will continue to hold its annual bureau meetings via teleconferencing or as a hybrid meeting.

This IAPSO carbon footprint action plan is based on one developed and adopted by IACS. The background to the IACS action plan can be found at the following link


Resolutions adopted in 1999

  1. IAPSO recommends that the IUGG establishes a "Commission on Geophysical Risk and Sustainability" which addresses scientific challenges along the lines of IDNDR.
  2. IAPSO supports the development of integrated global geophysical networks and encourages the active participation of physical oceanography.
  3. IAPSO supports the formation of a "Joint IAG/IAPSO Special Study Group on the Geodetic Effects of Non-Tidal Processes" - as proposed by Richard Gross/IAG.
  4. IAPSO encourages the participation of the other Associations of IUGG in the forthcoming "Joint Assemblies of IAPSO and IABO," Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 2001.
  5. IAPSO proposes the establishment of a "Joint Commission on Groundwater-Seawater Interactions."
  6. IAPSO recommends a data base of Global Undersea Pressures (GLOUP) be established under the auspices of the IAPSO Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level.
  7. IAPSO endorses the establishment of a Steering Working   Sea Level related to Climate, jointly with Global Sea Level Observing System of the IOC, and other interested bodies.
  8. IAPSO recommends that IAPSO and IAG establish a joint working Group for scientific advice and the promotion of geodetic fixing of the tide gauge benchmarks of the Global Sea Level Observing System and regional networks.
  9. IAPSO recommends that IAPSO, in association with IAG, and through the IUGG, encourages NASA and ESA to energetically pursue their GRACE and GOCE geodetic missions for the determination of the permanent component of ocean circulation.


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IAPSO gives importance to involving scientists and students from developing countries in oceanographic activities.


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