Chair’s WelcomeWelcome to Quebec City and the 2008 edition of the prestigious Oceans Conference, the world’s leading conference and exhibition in ocean science, engineering, technology and management. Oceans’08 coincides with the pinnacle of the 4th International Polar Year (2007-2009) that focuses on the rapidly changing Polar Oceans. Under our theme ‘Oceans, Poles and Climate: Technological Challenges’ a particularly rich technical program will leave you struggling to decide which concurrent session to attend.
In the Tutorials, you will learn from the best experts in underwater acoustics, airborne hyperspectral imaging, signal processing, autonomous underwater vehicles, synthetic aperture sonar, and array processing. The traditional sessions will present the most recent advances in the fields of acoustics, AUVs, instrumentation, technology, energy, signal processing, observatories, meteorology, offshore structures, policies, remote sensing, underwater non-acoustics, vehicle systems, and data visualization. The special sessions will explore the scientific, technical and policy issues raised by the spectacular regression of the sea-ice cover in the Arctic Ocean and its ancillary seas. Will September 2008 shatter the minimum sea-ice extent record set in September 2007? Mark Serrreze, a leading expert on the question and our banquet speaker, will answer the question.
Oceans’08 also coincides with the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, the most European of North American cities and a historic gateway to the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean. A truly maritime cachet, a vibrant culture, the golden light of September, and the exciting nightlife of French Québec will seduce you and your guests.
On behalf of the Oceans Committee, we invite you to a memorable meeting that will change your view of ocean sciences, in a venue that will change your view of life. Bienvenue à Québec!