COASTAL LETTERS Newsletter of the Coastal and Marine Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers

Volume 9, No. 2 June, 1997

Specialty Group Officers Call for Papers Call for Nominations Editor's Comments Musings from the Chair Minutes of 1997 Business Meeting 1997 R.J. Russell Award 1997 Student Paper Merit Award Slide Compilation Project Author Selection for Geography in America Get to Know Your Officers News from Members and Departments Upcoming Conferences Student Paper Merit Award Application


Paul Gares, Chair, Department of Geography East Carolina University Greenville, NC 27858 (919) 328-6054

Richard Daniels, Vice Chair, Shorelands/Dept of Ecology P.O. Box 47690 Olympia, WA 98504 (360) 407-6427 ,

Dorothy Sack, Secretary-Treasurer Department of Geography 122 Clippinger Labs Ohio University Athens, OH 45701 (614) 593-1149,

Wayne Engstrom, Member of the Board of Directors Geography Department California State University Fullerton, CA 92634-9480 (714) 773-3161

Harry Jol, Member of the Board of Directors Department of Geography University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 105 Garfield Avenue Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004 (715) 836-3244,

Donald Zeigler, Member of the Board of Directors 5584 Herbert Moore Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (804) 683-3841

CALL FOR PAPERS--Coma-Sponsored Sessions in Boston

If you are thinking about presenting a coastal or marine geography paper at the 1998 annual meeting, please consider organizing or participating in a session sponsored by the Coastal and Marine Geography Specialty Group (Coma). Paul Gares (address above) has volunteered to coordinate sessions on coastal geomorphology and beach and dune management. Rich Daniels (address above) has proposed a session on coastal change analysis. Jesse Walker from the Department of Geography and Anthropology, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA, 70803, will organize sessions on the cryosphere and ice in the coastal zone. If you wish to participate in one of these sessions, please contact the organizer at your earliest convenience to inform him of your interest before the abstract deadline. Instead of mailing your abstract, participation form, and fee to the AAG central office, make sure those items are delivered to the session organizer by August 26 so that the session's materials will reach the AAG by September 3. Student members should consider applying for the specialty group's Student Paper Merit Award (see end of newsletter).


Nominations are being accepted for the Coastal and Marine Specialty Group's 1998 R.J. Russell Award, which is given in recognition of an individual's major contributions to the field of coastal or marine geography. These contributions may be in research, teaching, public service, and/or to the specialty group. Letters of nomination should come from Coma members but nominees do not have to be members of either the specialty group or the AAG. Mail nominations to the vice chair, Rich Daniels. Contact Rich if you have any questions regarding the nominating procedure or selection process.

EDITOR'S COMMENTS--by Dorothy Sack

As we welcome into office our new chair, Paul Gares, please also join me in thanking Joann Mossa for serving in that capacity for the last two years. Joann has accomplished much during her term. Largely because of Joann we now have a set of written by-laws and a clear statement of the specific duties which pertain to each office. In addition, Joann has been very successful in achieving her goals of enhanced interaction with other specialty groups and in helping us to maintain the high quality of Coma-sponsored paper sessions. I particularly appreciate the considerable amount of material which she has contributed to recent newsletters, and all of it in a timely fashion. Thanks, Joann, for a job well done!


Electronic Communications--

In recent years, more of us perform a greater percentage of our communication by email rather than by phone or postal service. If you don't have an email address, you probably feel somewhat out of the loop. Sad, but true, you are.

We can only afford to mail a printed newsletter out once or twice a year. However, by using email we can stay in touch more often. Through a listing that specialty group chairs receive from the AAG, those of you with email addresses can receive timely notices or reminders about upcoming AAG sessions or deadlines. Unfortunately, those of you without addresses and those of you that have changed addresses since you last submitted your forms to the AAG (several notes were bounced back) will not receive these notices. If your address is new or changed, or you did not receive any notices from me last summer (I sent two in August), provide the AAG and our incoming chair, Paul Gares, your latest information. Consider getting in the loop if you haven't yet.

Our group email communication is still quite irregular, but we are happy to send appropriate announcements regarding potential matters of interest to specialty group members. Please contact the chair if you have an announcement you wish to make regarding coastal and marine geography to our membership. If you have news or an announcement that you would like to see printed in the newsletter, please contact the editor, Dorothy Sack.

Linkages: A Progress Report--

In the chair's column of the last newsletter I advocated that we create and develop linkages with other specialty groups having common interests, including those with which we have not had prior interactions. Potential benefits include increased attendance at our sessions and increased awareness of our specialty group within the AAG. By exposing more AAG members to our group, other possible benefits include increased attendance at our business meeting (future chairs beware--you may have to buy more refreshments!) and increased membership in our specialty group in future years.

In terms of creating new linkages, the Fort Worth meetings were very successful. We had eight sponsored sessions, all co-sponsored with other specialty groups. Three sessions were with the Biogeography Specialty Group, including one on the paleoenvironmental reconstruction of wetlands organized by Michelle Goman of U.C. Berkeley and two sessions entitled "Ecologic and Geomorphic Impacts of Hurricanes" organized by Kam-Biu Liu of Louisiana State University. Phil Steinberg of Clark University and Carolyn Trist of U.C. Berkeley organized two sessions entitled "Political Economy of Marine Space," co-sponsored with the Socialist Geography Specialty Group. I organized a session with the Geography Education Specialty Group on geographic education in coastal and marine geography. Two sessions on coastal geomorph-ology were organized by Paul Gares and cosponsored with the Geomorphology Specialty Group. Thanks to all our organizers, especially our colleagues in other groups, for their involvement. We encourage you to continue to think about additional linkages and would like to see more of you in the future.

In addition to an increase in the number of co-sponsored sessions at the last AAG meeting, there was also an increase in the number of applicants for our Student Paper Merit Award competition. Thanks to all the students who participated. The competition was lively and the overall quality of the papers was outstanding.

Hope for Our Northern Neighbors--

At our 1996 meeting, Jeff Ollerhead discussed some of the obstacles involved for Canadians wishing to join AAG specialty groups. These problems involve writing checks for small amounts of U.S. currency. Other specialty groups and Ron Abler, executive director of the AAG, agree that this is a relevant issue, and it was discussed at the specialty group chairs' luncheon this year in Fort Worth. According to Ron Abler "the AAG will look into it," and, based on his track record, we are hopeful that he will produce positive results. Thanks for your help, Ron. Our neighbors to the north are a very important part of this group.

The Last Words--

Regrettably, my term as chair of the specialty group has come to an end. I'm not relinquishing all work, however. Wayne Engstrom and I have begun a slide compilation project, which is discussed later in this newsletter. Although I have not achieved all that I had hoped I would as chair, specialty group by-laws have been established, rules and guidelines for the awards have been outlined, and we have seen an increase in the number of coastal and marine geography papers and sessions. Meanwhile, dues have not increased and our business meeting traditions have continued!

I appreciate the help of the other officers who served during my term, especially Paul Gares (vice chair) of East Carolina University and Dorothy Sack (secretary-treasurer) from Ohio University. Thankfully, these individuals figure prominently in our future leadership.

This group's future leadership includes a great group of active and capable individuals. Paul Gares, who has previously served as vice chair, secretary-treasurer, and session organizer, is the incoming chair. Early in May, just a few weeks ago, we had a ceremonial meeting on the white dunes near the blue-green waters of Pensacola Beach, Florida. That meeting involved the transfer of a thick pink notebook which contains papers regarding specialty group business. Graduate students from UF and ECU laughed as I gave Paul this cumbersome object after he had just moved his vehicle to a parking lot a half-mile away. Following a recent stint on the Coma board of directors, Rich Daniels, who is currently with the State of Washington's Department of Ecology, is the newly elected vice chair. He will be working on a home page for the specialty group and will take over the dissemination of awards. Dorothy Sack continues as secretary-treasurer and newsletter editor. Please welcome them and support them if they ask for your help.

Last but not least, special thanks go to Heidi Lannon and Jennifer Rahn of the University of Florida for helping to acquire refreshments for our business meeting during my term of office. We hope that Paul can find similar capable individuals in order to retain our hallowed traditions. Joann,


Joann Mossa opened the business meeting at 5:45 p.m.

Secretary's Report--

The minutes of the 1996 business meeting, which appeared in the June 1996 edition of Coastal Letters, were unanimously approved.

Treasurer's Report--

Dorothy Sack reported on the status of the specialty group's treasury. Since the last business meeting (Charlotte), the specialty group has incurred $418.58 of expenses while receiving $444.13 of income. This leaves us with an account balance of $1,206.61. No increase in dues seems necessary for 1998.

Vice Chair's Report--

Paul Gares announced the recipients of this year's R.J. Russell Award and Student Paper Merit Award. He encouraged members to think now about possible nominations for next year's Russell Award. Students are reminded that in order to be eligible for the paper merit award, they must contact the session organizer (or vice chair) about their desire to compete and they must present in a session organized by the specialty group (see application form at end of newsletter). By following the adopted application procedures, student presentations can be organized into sessions which are held prior to the specialty group business meeting and prior to the awards luncheon. Wayne Engstrom questioned whether students could be eligible for awards from more than one specialty group, such as Coma and geomorphology, if they present in co-sponsored sessions.

Chair's Report--

Joann Mossa reported on what was discussed at the specialty group chairs' luncheon. Canadian AAG members may pay their dues via the Canadian Association of Geographers, but it is not possible for them to join AAG specialty groups that way. The resulting difficulties in joining specialty groups have been communicated to the central office. Ron Abler will work on finding a solution.

The AAG has asked all specialty groups to discuss procedures by which they will decide on contributors for their chapter in the new book, Geography in America--the 21st Century. Bernie Bauer suggested that we might put an author nomination form in the next specialty group newsletter. Wayne Engstrom asked if anyone knew what approaches other specialty groups were considering. Paul Gares commented on the need to recognize in our contribution the diverse nature of our specialty group, which includes everything coastal and marine from tourism and wetlands to hazards and geomorphology. Jesse Walker suggested that a list of potential topics might be added to the next newsletter. Bernie Bauer felt that at least two co-authors would be needed to adequately represent our range of interests. The person of ultimate responsibility is apparently the specialty group chair. Joann's term will end when she submits the annual report, which is due May 5. Bernie Bauer suggested that we look over the previous volume, Gaile and Wilmott's (1989) Geography in America, to see how our chapter was done there. Joann noted that authors must be regular attendees of the AAG meetings because they will meet with the book's editors at the 1998 annual meeting and they will present the chapter as a paper at the 1999 annual meeting.

New Business--

The specialty group should consider compiling a compendium of college and university programs that are relevant to coastal and marine geography.

The specialty group should consider sending the newsletter out by email.

It would be useful for the specialty group to have a home page. Rich Daniels suggested that the newsletter could be combined with the home page. Paul Gares mentioned that this would save the group money if hard copies of the newsletter were mailed out only on a request basis. Joann noted that if the newsletter were available on the web, we would potentially lose income due to a decrease in specialty group membership. The home page could, however, include such things as the specialty group's mission statement, a list of members, and members' email addresses. Bernie Bauer brought up the fact that it would be good to link our home page to that of the AAG especially because a home page requires some technical maintenance. Rich Daniels will pursue the home page issue.

Joann proposed that the specialty group consider putting together a collection of coastal and marine geography slides, both scenic and graphic, that could be made available for purchase through the specialty group. Slides would be submitted and reviewed by a slide set coordinator. The coordinator would keep a master copy of each slide and have copies made when requests are received. Proceeds from the sale of slides could be split between the specialty group and the slide owner. Bernie Bauer added that the available slides could be scanned in and added to our home page along with an advertisement for their sale. Joann and Wayne Engstrom volunteered to work on this project. Special sessions to be sponsored or co-sponsored by the coastal and marine specialty group at the 1998 AAG meeting include those being organized by Jesse Walker on the cryosphere and ice in the coastal zone. Paul Gares will organize a coastal geomorphology session and will assist in the coordination of the student paper presentations. Rich Daniels proposed we consider sponsoring a session on coastal change analysis. Paul Gares commented that with next year's meeting in Boston, an informal field trip to Cape Cod might be appropriate.


Jesse Walker announced that the International Delta Conference will be held in New Orleans in August 1998.

Paul Gares and Doug Sherman are organizing the 1998 Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium on coastal systems. The symposium will convene at Woods Hole on October 31, 1998. Papers will deal with the state of research regarding various coastal systems.

Bill Nickling suggested that many Coma members would probably be interested in the 4th Annual International Aeolian Symposium to be held in July of 1998 in Oxford, England.

Election of Officers--

Vice chair Paul Gares was unanimously elected to become the specialty group chair. Rich Daniels was unanimously elected as the new vice chair. Don Zeigler and Harry Jol were unanimously voted into the two vacant positions on the board of directors.

The meeting was adjourned at 7 p.m.

Secretary's Note--

I am most grateful to Heidi Lannon of the University of Florida for recording the minutes of the business meeting when the field trip I was on that day returned late to the Fort Worth conference center.


Douglas J. Sherman of the University of Southern California is the recipient of the 1997 Richard J. Russell Award, which was established by the specialty group in 1987 to recognize and honor outstanding contributions to coastal or marine geography. Doug is widely known and well respected in the coastal geomorphology community for his research, teaching, and service. He has conducted coastal research in a wide range of locations, including Ireland, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, and southern California. He has published numerous papers in many outlets on topics involving beach hydrodynamics, sedimentation, and eolian sediment transport. He has also contributed important articles about the state of coastal geomorphology at two recent Binghamton Geomorphology Symposia as well as to Progress in Physical Geography. Doug is currently director of the Sea Grant Program at USC and chair of the USC Department of Geography, where he has helped develop the coastal geomorphology component of the department's new doctoral program. Doug has also worked hard for the Coastal and Marine Geography Specialty Group, having previously served as chair, member of the board of directors, and newsletter editor. With this award, Doug joins a very esteemed group. Previous recipients include H. Jesse Walker (1991), Filmore Earney (1992), Norbert Psuty (1993), and Karl Nordstrom (1996).


Six students competed in Fort Worth for the Coastal and Marine Geography Specialty Group's student paper award. The awards committee agreed that this year's student papers were all very good, but determined that the outstanding student paper for 1997 was "Event-based estimates of shear velocity in unsteady aeolian systems," presented by Jianchun Yi. Jianchun, a graduate student at the University of Southern California, was lead author of the paper which was co-authored by Bernie Bauer and Doug Sherman, also of USC. In recognition of this fine accomplishment, the specialty group awarded Jianchun a certificate of merit as well as AAG and Coma membership dues for next year. Congratulations Jianchun and all student participants!


Coastal and marine geographers work in a variety of marvelous settings on a diverse range of research topics. We have unique experiences and documentation of those studies. The exceptional quality of many of our colleagues' slides at the last AAG meeting inspired Wayne Engstrom and me to begin a slide compilation project from and for our members. If successful, we anticipate that this will be of great benefit to current and future teachers in the profession, and has potential for providing some small profits back to our specialty group. For this project to succeed, we will need loans or, for those concerned about possible losses, duplicates of some of your FAVORITE coastal and marine geography slides, with a maximum of twenty from any individual. If you do send originals, please label them as such and we will do our best to ensure that they are returned to you in a timely manner.

Based on the number of slides received, their quality, and variety, we will screen and compile into thematic collections a few packages of various sizes. The slides may be conceptual, illustrative, verbal, or field-oriented, ground or aerial, and should include a brief caption that explains what, where, and when as well as any sources. Obviously, highest quality visuals and exceptional examples are most desirable. The costs of the packages are projected to run about $1 per slide, and most thematic collections will contain twenty slides. We may consider advertising these collections through various means to increase the return on our efforts.

To create some incentive for sharing, contributors will receive discounted or free slide packages determined on the basis of the number of their slides used in a package. For each slide used in a package, there will be a 20% discount. Thus, if five of your slides are used in a slide set, you may obtain it for free. All profits will go back to the specialty group.

If you are located east of the 100th meridian in the USA, send your slides to Joann Mossa, P.O. Box 117315, Department of Geography, 3141 Turlington Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 32611-7315; if you are located west of the 100th meridian or outside the USA send your slides to Wayne Engstrom, Department of Geography, California State University, Fullerton, CA, 92634. Hopefully, we can have some sample collections compiled by the next specialty group business meeting so that orders can be placed in Boston. Please contact us if you have questions or wish to send some slides our way.


Geography in America, edited by Gary L. Gaile and Cort J. Willmott, depicted the state of the discipline in 1989 on an AAG specialty group basis. The same editors are beginning to compile a new state-of-the-discipline survey, entitled Geography in America at the Dawn of the 21st Century. The new volume will follow essentially the same format used in the original book, and each specialty group is expected to provide a chapter. The AAG has officially endorsed the publication of the new volume, which will carry the AAG logo.

The book's editors asked the AAG specialty groups to discuss this project during their business meetings in Fort Worth and to decide on procedures for selecting their author or authors. Although the editors prefer a single author for each specialty group, they will accept up to four co-authors. The selection process must be completed by the end of the specialty group's 1998 business meeting in Boston because chapter authors will meet with the editors there to discuss content, format, and logistics. So that each specialty group is fairly and comprehensively represented, AAG members are encouraged to actively participate in the author selection process of their specialty groups. The editors advocate an electoral process for author selection, in keeping with the grass-roots spirit of the volume. It is vital, however, that one or more of the authors from each specialty group be regular attendees of the meetings since an agenda has been designed around the next few AAG annual meetings in the following way. Having determined their selection procedures in 1997 in Fort Worth, at the 1998 annual meeting specialty groups will formally choose their author or authors and these individuals will meet with the editors there in Boston. In 1999 (Honolulu), the authors will present a draft of their chapter as a paper in a special session. Comments regarding these presentations will be recorded. Papers will be peer-reviewed and revised prior to the AAG annual meeting in the year 2000, when the final volume is scheduled to appear. Any comments contact :

At our specialty group business meeting in Fort Worth, it was decided that Coma members should be asked to nominate individuals to serve as the author or co-authors of our chapter. It was also decided that all Coma members should have the opportunity to make suggestions concerning the content of the chapter, and to indicate what they would like to see retained, deleted, expanded, or added to the chapter written for the 1989 volume. Please mail or email author nominations and content suggestions to our secretary, Dorothy Sack, Dept. of Geography, 122 Clippinger Labs, Ohio Univ., Athens, OH, 45701,


Harry Jol, a newly elected member of Coma's board of directors, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Harry earned his B.Sc. (1987) and M.Sc. (1989) in Physical Geography at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. While at Simon Fraser, he worked on the Fraser River Delta conducting a high resolution shallow seismic program in cooperation with the Geological Survey of Canada. For his doctoral work Harry attended The University of Calgary, where he applied ground penetrating radar (GPR) to many earth science topics, but especially to the geomorphology and sedimentology of coastal and deltaic environments. After receiving his Ph.D. (1993), Harry continued investigating modern coastlines as well as fluvial and glacial environments via postdoctoral fellowships at Calgary and Simon Fraser. He has been involved in reservoir modelling and site characterization of both modern and ancient environments and has a growing interest in 3-D visualization of the near subsurface. Harry began his present position at UW-Eau Claire last year and looks forward to a growing research program utilizing GPR and other techniques in solving coastal research problems. This summer he will be involved in several coastal studies along the shores of Lakes Superior and Michigan as well as the coasts of Oregon, Washington, and North Carolina. He has recently served as senior author on GPR-related coastal papers appearing in the Journal of Coastal Research, the Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, and in the 17th Annual Research Conference Volume of the Gulf Coast Section of the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists Foundation.


From Rich Daniels--

Rich reminds us to check out the interdisciplinary electronic journal Earth Interactions, which has been created by the combined efforts of the AGU, AMS, and AAG, and which has the support of NASA. It has been designed to make it easy to include color, data sets, videos, and live math. You may find the journal's home page at

From Louisiana State University--

Jesse Walker's collection of research materials concerning the Colville River Delta, Alaska, was chosen as the pilot project for LSU's Digital Library. This large collection includes maps, diagrams, slides, photographs, aerial photographs, 16 mm film, field notes, laboratory analyses, theses, and publications. For a preview try visiting the "What's New at LSU?" heading at or Plans are under way to also digitize materials of R.J. Russell.

From East Carolina University--

The biggest news from ECU is that Jonathan Phillips is leaving the department to assume the role of Head of the Geography Department at Texas A&M. Although JP will be sorely missed, we are proud of his accomplishments and know that deep down he remains a Pirate, although he may have to wear an Aggie t-shirt. You just can't take the Tobacco Road out of a true East Carolinian.

On the research front, Jonathan Phillips, Paul Gares, and Mike Slattery are continuing with their four-year USDA project on erosion of agricultural fields. We were excited to have been able to monitor the effects of hurricanes Bertha, Fran, and Josephine and tropical storm Arthur. These storms have provided us with very interesting data sets that we are in the process of putting together for presentation and publication. Unfortunately, we got kicked off our study fields in the fall and have had to regroup and begin again at a new site ... which is actually better than the previous site. We have two graduate students working on theses associated with our research and have room for more. We have spent two quiet winters monitoring eolian erosion, but are gearing up for a big push in this area in the coming winter. Gares in particular is trying to figure out how to deal with dust ... awful stuff compared to saltating sand grains on a beach.

Two graduate students are currently working on coastal theses. One is continuing work on dune formation and development on the Outer Banks and is using GIS to examine patterns of erosion and deposition in the dune and to relate those patterns to topographic and vegetation conditions. The other student is examining wave and current processes on a microtidal beach with a limited fetch at Manteo.

We have also been involved in a small project at Pensacola Beach, FL, that examine's people's reactions to government response and recovery efforts associated with hurricane Opal, which occurred in October of 1995. A group of faculty and students visited the site and administered a survey six weeks after the storm. The results are being presented at Coastal Zone '97. We returned to the site this spring and have been monitoring changes in the dune system to the east of Pensacola Beach. We met a group of faculty and students from the University of Florida there for joint field work. We hope to continue this practice in the future to monitor the long-term recovery of the dunes after the devastating storm.

From Ohio University--

Dorothy Sack is pleased to report that graduate student Mark Fonstad will be finishing his master's thesis on Lake Bonneville erosional shoreline recession rates shortly. As Mark heads west in preparation for beginning the doctoral program in the Department of Geography at Arizona State University this fall, two other master's students, Jon Van de Grift and Jeffrey Kaiden, will be initiating their own physical geography research projects in the Bonneville basin. Dorothy will spend some time in the field with Jon and Jeff this summer and will, among other things, complete some Quaternary mapping projects for the Utah Geological Survey.

Via the Carson City District Office of the BLM--

The future site of the Fallon City landfill will NOT include the Russell Spit complex, which was depicted in the previous issue of Coastal Letters. That important set of landforms, which lies several miles south of Fallon, Nevada, and just west of U.S. Highway 95, has been spared direct impact because of input from interested citizens regarding its scientific and geologic value. The original proposal has been amended so that the landfill boundary will lie across the highway from the spit complex.


12th Hydrographers Conference, German Hydrographic Society--July 9-11, 1997, Würzburg, Germany; this conference includes all aspects of mapping, surveying, and monitoring of maritime, coastal, and inland waterways including hydrologic, geologic, and engineering applications; papers in German or English; contact Mrs. Neumann, Wetternstrasse 8, D-21682, Stade, Germany.

Coastal Zone '97: Charting the Future of Coastal Zone Management--July 20-26, 1997, Boston, MA; the international symposium provides a forum for examining the complex, multidisciplinary problems facing the world's coastal zones; contact Dr. Martin Miller, USAE Waterways Experiment Station, CEWES-CR-O, 3909 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, MS, 39180.

CoastGIS '97, Second International Symposium on GIS and Computer Mapping for Coastal Zone Management--August 29-30, 1997, Aberdeen, Scotland; the theme of this conference is The Next Millenium; for more information please contact David R. Green, Centre for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science, Department of Geography, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, AB24 3UF; telephone (01224) 272324 or email

Great Basin Symposium on Glacial and Postglacial Drainage (GBASH)--September 17-20, 1997, Salt Lake City, UT; the symposium commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Great Basin, with Emphasis on Glacial and Postglacial Times; the program includes three days of paper presentations (many focusing on paleolakes), poster sessions, and a day-long mid-conference field trip in the Lake Bonneville basin; for more information contact Donald R. Currey, Department of Geography, 270 OSH, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112, (801) 581-6419.

Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ) Open Science Meeting: Global Change Science in the Coastal Zone--October 10-13, 1997, Noordwidjkerhout, The Netherlands; conference language is English; this meeting provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of on-going LOICZ research; it also seeks to identify tasks for future research involving the impacts of global change in the coastal zone; email for more information.

1998 Ocean Sciences Meeting--February 9-13, 1998, San Diego, CA; sponsored by the American Geophysical Union and the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography; contact American Geophysical Union, 1998 Ocean Sciences Meeting, 2000 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20009, (800) 966-2481.

Eighth Pacific Congress on Marine Science and Technology: Toward the 21st Century--A Pacific Era--June 16-20, 1998, Seoul, South Korea; for more information write or call N. Saxena, P.O. Box 11568, Honolulu, HI, 96828, (808) 956-6163.


If you know of any related conferences coming up in 1998 or if you have announcements or newsworthy items concerning you, your department, or agency, please take a moment this fall to send them to the newsletter editor, Dorothy Sack, Department of Geography, 122 Clippinger Labs, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 45708, ******************************************************************

Many thanks to everyone who contributed items for this issue of Coastal Letters.


Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, March 25-29, 1998


Full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate students may compete for this award if they (1) are the first or sole author of an oral paper concerning coastal or marine geography which they will be presenting at the 1998 annual AAG meeting, (2) are a member of the AAG and of the Coastal and Marine Geography Specialty Group, and (3) have submitted to the session organizer the completed application form and accompanying materials, to be received by August 26, 1997. Poster presentations are not eligible. Papers are judged both on content and on the quality of the presentation. The award consists of AAG and Coastal and Marine Geography Specialty Group membership dues for the following year and an award certificate.


Follow the program participation guidelines outlined in the May 1997 Newsletter of the AAG as an individual participating in an organized paper session. By following those instructions you will have a diskette containing your abstract, one paper copy of the abstract, your participation fee, and a completed AAG program participation form. In addition, complete this application form and attach a second paper copy of your abstract to it. Gather all of these materials into one package and mail it to: Paul Gares, Department of Geography, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, 27858. Dr. Gares must receive your materials by August 26, 1997.

Name ____________________________________________________________

Address _________________________________________________________

Email address ___________________________________________________

Are you a Ph.D., M.A./M.S., or undergraduate student? ___________

In what year of your program? ___________________________________

Thesis/project advisor __________________________________________

Are you a member of the AAG? ____________________________________

the Coastal and Marine Specialty Group? _________________________

Provide a brief description of the significance of your paper to coastal and/or marine geography, and attach a hard copy of your abstract.

Dorothy Sack