Background

welcomeThe Local Organising Committee is thrilled to welcome you to the 2017 Joint IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa. The Joint Assembly, endorsed by the University of Cape Town and the South African Department of Science and Technology, will take place from 27 August to 1 September 2017 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) is strongly convinced that Cape Town is an excellent location for the 2017 meeting. This dynamic LOC comprises of a mix of young early career scientists as well as established researchers in all three earth disciplines (Oceanography, Meteorology and Geomagnetism). In addition, many of the LOC members are currently committee members of the IUGG –South Africa National Committee.

Cape Town acts as an environmental gateway to the oceans south and thus provides an ideal scientific destination for an international conference on various earth system studies (IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA).

The oceanic region south of Africa is a critical crossroad for the inter-ocean communication between the subtropical South Indian Ocean, South Atlantic gyres, and the cooler Southern Ocean waters. Modelling and observational studies have provided a large body of evidence that increased transport of warm water between the Indian and Atlantic oceans south of Africa plays a role in strengthening local storms and increasing rainfall over large parts of South Africa. Many of South Africa’s flooding disasters have resulted from cut-off lows that can intensify further when the southern Agulhas Current is anomalously strong and warm. The wide range of ocean environments influencing both the biota and climate conditions of the region provides an ideal scientific backdrop for the location of Cape Town as the host for the 2017 Joint Assembly.

In addition, the development of the internationally recognized Square Kilometer Array (SKA) in the Karoo as well as the currently operational SALT and the Meerkat facilities create further interest to scientists working in the field of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy. South Africa is host to many National Research Facilities including the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory, South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, South African Environmental Observation Networks and many others that will be of interest to the delegates.

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