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AUG 2017

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Page 19 of 76 August 2017 / st 19 O CEANS'17 MTS/IEEE An- chorage, September 18 to 21, will be the first time an OCEANS conference has been hosted in Alaska. With more than 6,000 mi. of coastline, Alaska is bounded by two oceans, one of which is gen- erally covered with ice. The nature of the Arctic Ocean and the changes that bring change to the life of people who live and work on and near this water is the focus of much of the program for OCEANS'17 Anchorage. OCEANS'17 Anchor- age will concentrate on traditional oceanography, sea ice, eroding shorelines, changing ocean chemistry, energy extraction and more. Sessions "Marine Safety and Security with Diminishing Ice" is the topic of one of the special sessions scheduled and is a topic that has an increasing role for the U.S. Coast Guard. Oth- er special sessions include Tsunami Warning Systems and Unmanned Air Vehicles for Maritime Operations. The full program will be available soon on the conference website: As was done in Monterey, California, at OCEANS'16, there will be two plenary sessions, with the IEEE OES plena- ry on September 19 and the MTS plenary on September 20. Tours Besides the OCEANS conference itself, Alaska and all that it has to offer for scenery and adventure will be a great draw for attendees. Discounted fares on Alaska Airlines are available for those traveling to the conference, as are dis- counted fares for local tours on the Alaska Railroad and ocean tours out of Seward, Alaska. The tour opportunities are available on the conference website. The largest bore tide of the year will occur during the week of the conference in Turnagain Arm, with bus tours and bicycle tours avail- able to observe this wonder of the ocean. Exhibit Hall The exhibit hall is always a magnetic gathering place at OCEANS. The local com- mittee is anticipating a lot of local residents will visit the hall to see all the marvelous gadgets that allow people to work in the oceans. For instance, one exhibitor will demonstrate the ability to separate oil from icy water. Arrangements are being made for classes of interested students to tour the exhibit hall during the conference so that they can learn about the tools and techniques used to study and work in the ocean, such as acoustic imaging for dark and murky waters and the means to count salmon as they migrate upstream. Gala On Wednesday, September 20, the gala event will be at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, where there will be an opportunity to tour the grounds to see Alaska Native struc- tures, purchase Alaska Native artwork, observe Alaska Na- tive dancing and enjoy a good buffet. You can learn more about the show at www.oceans OCEANS'17 MTS/IEEE Anchorage ST Conference Preview

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