Internal Solitary Waves in The Ocean: Their Physics and
Implications for Acoustics, Biology, and Geology

October 27-29, 1998
Dunsmuir Lodge
Sidney B.C., Canada

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts
Institute of Ocean Sciences, British Columbia
U. S. Office of Naval Research

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[ Excerpts from the original anouncement ]

The intent of the meeting is to identify impacts of energetic nonlinear internal waves on all disciplines
of oceanography. Three disciplines come to mind as a result of recent work and are included in the title.

Ocean internal solitary waves occur in vastly different oceanic regimes where their roles may vary
widely. Broad categories of regime are

     1. Continental slopes and broad continental shelves
     2. Straits, sills, and isolated topography
     3. Open ocean

The importance of isolated, energetic, nonlinear waves on such issues as bottom turbidity, diapycnal
heat flux, nutrient transfer, long-range acoustic propagation and radar imaging has been firmly
demonstrated. Each of these issues is sensitive, or insensitive, to details of the internal waves in a
particular fashion which we seek to establish or generalize.

Identification of newly exposed or merely theorized influences of internal solitary waves is a goal of
the meeting. Identification of outstanding questions within established internal solitary wave research
topics is another goal. For these reasons, attendees will be encouraged to expose questions that remain
in their research.

Colleagues are being invited from a broad spectrum of fields: Wave dynamics, acoustics, biology,
optics, remote sensing, bottom processes, physical oceanography and engineering.

Meeting Format

The emphasis of the meeting will be as much on exploring what we don't know as describing
what we do know.

The presentations will be broken up into short groups, each with a moderator. The moderators
will summarize and comment on the talks, and then introduce a question and discussion period.
The moderators will be from one of the other research specialities, to encourage new ideas.

[ Due to the unexpectedly high ratio of positive responses to the invitations,  in actuality we
had 42 20- to 30 minute lectures, with only about 2 hours of discussion forum. The discussions
were often punctuated with 5-minute lectures . ]

Contributed Papers

Attendees are asked to provide a 2-4 page electronic contribution, including graphics, to be
distributed electronically before the meeting. The target date for submission is August 14. A
link to formatting information appears above.