AMOS held the joint conference with the American Meteorological Society, which hosts the 12th International Conference for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography, AMOS-ICSHMO 2018.
The session in honour of Gary Meyers was titled "Variability and change in the Indo-Pacific & Australian regional seas" and was co-chaired by Caroline Ummenhofer, Helen Phillips, and Tim Moltmann.
Dr Meyers was an eminent oceanographer at the CSIRO in Hobart for many years before taking up the role of Director for the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) at the University of Tasmania in 2007. His contributions have been instrumental in advancing research on a wide variety of topics, such as understanding the circulations in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Indonesian Throughflow, and the role of the Indian Ocean in regional climate variability and change. Gary also played a pivotal role in establishing IMOS to provide a sustained ocean observing system in the Indian and Pacific Oceans and regional seas around Australia.
Gary was an active AMOS member throughout his career. He received the AMOS Medal in 2006, and served on the AMOS-Tasmania committee in 2014 and 2015. The AMOS Early Career Research Award has been re-named the Meyers Medal to recognise Gary’s generosity as a mentor to early-career researchers and to commemorate his profound contributions to oceanographic and climate research of the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans.
This session included the following presentations:
- Gary Meyers - A Scientific Life Well Lived Ken Ridgway (Invited speaker)
- Progress in Understanding and Predicting the IOD and its Impact Harry Hendon (Invited speaker)
- Mean Subsurface Upwelling induced by Intraseasonal Variability in the Equatorial Indian Ocean Yukio Masumoto
- Interannual Variability of the Indonesian Throughflow Transport: A Revisit based on 30-year Expendable Bathythermograph Data Qinyan Liu
- Potential Origins of Pacific Decadal Variability Mathias Zeller
- Evidence of a Super-Convergence Zone in the Subtropical Indo-Pacific Ocean Christophe Maes
- Northern Boundary Circulation Properties of the South Australian Current System based on a Gridded Hydrography Earl Duran
- Building on the Legacy of Gary Myers, Inaugural Director of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) Tim Moltmann
- A Decade of Integrated Marine Observing (IMOS) in Western Australia: Legacy and Vision of Gary Meyers Charitha Pattiaratchi
- Extreme Marine Warming across Tropical Australia during Austral Summer 2015-16 Ming Feng
The current IMOS Director Tim Moltmann gave a presentation titled "Building on the Legacy of Gary Myers, Inaugural Director of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System"
His talk outlined:
- the history of Australian ocean observing, and the role of Gary Meyers,
- the establishment phase of IMOS under Gary's leadership,
- the principles instilled by Gary as the foundation Director
- societal benefit,
- open data access,
- international collaboration, and
- sustained observation.
- and the future of IMOS, Gary's legacy.
In closing his presentation Tim shared a quote from his first Marine Matters newsletter Director's corner in July 2009: