General Information for the 2017 FAMOS Annual Meeting

September 15, 2017
By Amélie Bouchat

The FAMOS (Forum for Arctic Modeling and Observational Synthesis) 6th Annual Meeting will be held at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Woods Hole, MA - USA) on October 24 (School) and October 25-27 2017 (Workshop). Please see below for agenda and logistical information. 

Participants of FAMOS 2016

About FAMOS 2017

The overall goal of the FAMOS Meeting is to enhance understanding of processes and mechanisms driving Arctic oceanic and sea ice changes through coordinated experiments, involving both modeling and observations. The meeting is designed to be interactive and participants will have the chance to get involved in one or more working groups that are focused on establishing and continuing collaborative work. This year’s meeting will especially focus on updates from last year's coordinated experiments. 

The meeting will start with an icebreaker night on Monday October 23rd - 19h00,  at Liam MacGuire's Irish Pub and Restaurant, where all participants are welcome to join. The FAMOS School will be held on Tuesday October 24th, and the FAMOS Annual Workshop will follow on October 25th-27th. The School is aimed at students and early career scientists, and this year’s theme is “A hierarchy of arctic marine models: strengths, weaknesses, understanding, and prediction”. The school usually comprises of introductory lectures, ample discussion time on what’s new and exciting in the field, and afternoon outreach sessions. The Workshop is organized by sessions of 15-minutes talks, discussion panels, working group breakout sessions, and poster sessions.

Registration for both the school and workshop is closed as of August 25th 2017. 


Organizing Committee: 
Andrey Proshutinsky (
Michael Steele (
Amélie Bouchat (

Annie Doucette (

Live Webcasting

If you cannot attend the FAMOS 2017 Meeting in person, you can still follow it using this live webcast link

Discussion will also be open to remote participants. If you have any questions (general or for a particular presentation), ideas, comments etc. please send it to Amélie Bouchat ( Questions of general interest received by email will be considered during plenary sessions. 

FAMOS Past Activities

In order to save time at the meeting, we encourage all new participants to familiarize themselves with past FAMOS activities by registering on the online collaborative website and have a look at the different teams' activities and reports.

You can also browse the regular FAMOS website, or have a look at this paper for more information on FAMOS' history, past accomplishments,  and the structure of the coordinated experiments.  

Registration and Fees

The abstract submission and registration deadline is August 25th 2017. The registration includes transportation to and from designated hotels and WHOI campus, morning and afternoon snacks & beverages, and a reception on Wednesday October 25th. Participants have to organize their own lodging and transportation to Falmouth/Woods Hole.

There are no registration fees.  

Registration for both the school and workshop is closed as of August 25th 2017. 

Lodging, Transportation, Car-Pooling & Maps

Please see the Information Package

Lodging has to be arranged by the participants. You can find a list of recommended hotels in the Information Package above. Note that special FAMOS group prices apply on reservations made before September 15th only.

Information on transportation by plane, bus, taxis, and car rentals can also be found in the Information Package above. Participants have to arrange their own transportation to Falmouth/Woods Hole.

Transportation between the hotels and the Redfield Auditorium will be arranged by taxi buses and by car pooling. If you have a car and can offer seats to other participants or if you are looking for a ride, please use the following link to coordinate with other participants: Car-pooling sheet.

You can find maps of the Falmouth/Woods Hole area in the Information Package.

Agenda, Abstracts, and Participants

The final meeting agenda can be found here.

The list of abstracts (talks and posters) can be found here.

The list of the 2017 meeting participants can be found here

The poster list can be found here

Presentation Guidelines

Oral Presentations: 

Length: 12 mins + 3 mins for questions

Please upload your presentation on the conference computer during the break before your session. 

Poster Presentations: 

All posters will be displayed on Wednesday for two poster sessions. The first session (16:00-17:00) will consist of all even numbers, and the second session (17:00-18:00) will consist of all odd numbers. This year, we will have a best poster competition (by popular voting) and the winner will get full travel support for 2018 FAMOS meeting! 

Please note that we will not be printing the posters at WHOI this year. Each presenter is responsible for printing their own poster. 

Poster list: Please find your poster number in this list, and include it in the top left corner of your poster.

Size:  Max. width = 3 feet (91 cm), Max. height = 5 feet (152 cm)

Orientation: Vertical

1-minute-1-slide presentations: We ask that you prepare an introduction to your poster on ONE SLIDE with NO ANIMATION (see example here).  We will have one-minute summary presentations by each poster presenter in the afternoon before the poster sessions. This is intended to give a sneak peek of your work and main results, and NOT to explain everything on your poster! Just give a hint or the main result, i.e. do not over-crowd your slide with too much material. Please send your summary slide to Andrey Proshutinsky ( as soon as possible.


The 2017 FAMOS school will take place on Tuesday October 24th. The agenda for the 2017 School can be found here.  The theme this year is A hierarchy of arctic marine models: strengths, weaknesses, understanding, and prediction”. For questions regarding the FAMOS School, please contact Michael Steele,

Some pastries and coffee will be served in the morning, but you will need to eat breakfast at your hotel. Lunch is on your own. A dinner is arranged at the Black Dog Tavern on Martha's Vineyard Island and will be covered by the school funds for participants on the school list only (also including the ferry). Transportation from the hotels to the Redfield Auditorium will be arranged by taxis and car-pooling. If you have a car with empty seats and can bring people with you in the morning and back at night, please indicate so on this sheet so that other participants can contact you to embark in your car. Drivers and passengers will need to coordinate directly with each other via emails or phone. 

After the morning lectures on modelling, there will be presentations about the Hot and Controversial Topic of Geo-engineering.  We hope to generate a vigorous discussion with the participants on this topic, and to do so, we encourage students to come prepared. Please have a look at the following resources which will be discussed at the school:

  • An introduction presentation to geo-engineering, by Michael Steele,
  • A geo-engineering paper that will be presented at the school by its lead author, Dr. Steve Desch,
  • The Beaufort Gyre Exploration Project 2017 Cruise Dispatches (see #4 and above), in which our lead PI Andrey Proshutinsky exposes radical climate geo-engineering solutions from the last century.

We will have a special afternoon session in which school attendees will be asked to work on geo-engineering problems and present their own ideas or solutions. Please think about YOUR OWN ideas for Arctic-focused geo-engineering projects.  Could be about sea ice, or something else:  Save the Arctic Halocline!  Mitigate the impending rise in snow ice formation!  Damp surface waves that are building from increased fetch!  Save arctic sea ice algae!  Do something about increasing river discharge! This can be a thought experiment, or it can be a simple model study.  Or maybe you want to think about a project that would not FIGHT AGAINST global warming, but be more about resilience, ie adaptation to the inevitable changes that are coming. 

If you already have some geo-engineering ideas and would like to prepare a short presentation, please contact Michael Steele ( as soon as possible. 

Working Groups

The FAMOS Workshop comprises of several Working Group break-out sessions. Participants can join one or more groups during the meeting.  The goal of the working groups is to create concrete collaboration plans and report about previous activities of the group. Examples of some collaborative work can be model intercomparison, setting up new datasets, dedicated model runs to enhance sparse observations, development of new numerics/physics and implementation in multiple models, etc.

This year, the working groups will build on the previous objectives that were established in 2016, but new projects are welcome as well. A list of the working groups along with their leaders in () can be found below. Please also see this document for a summary of the working group instructions. A summary of last year's discussions will also be prepared ahead of the meeting as a reference document for new participants (coming soon!). 

Please make sure to have an account on our collaborative online platform and join the online group(s) corresponding to the working group(s) you are interested in joining at the meeting. In the member space of this collaborative platform, you will find a page for each group with their recent activities, leaders, and list of participants. If you have any questions regarding the online collaboration website, please contact Amélie Bouchat (

List of Working Groups 2017

  • Sea ice (with sub-groups: predictions, observations, modeling - T. Martin, A. Schweiger)
  • Arctic Climate Response Functions / Freshwater Fluxes (J. Marshall, L. Smedsrud / D. Dukhovskoy, P. Myers)
  • Biogeochemical Modeling and Observations (Z. Feng, C. Ashjian)
  • Mixing & Eddies (M.-L. Timmermans, M. Spall)
  • Pan-Arctic Upwelling Survey (M. Steele, S. Kelly)

Earth-friendly Initiatives

In a effort to reduce the environmental impact during the meeting, we strongly encourage participants to bring their own mug/bottle for coffee and refreshments. You can also buy some nice mugs and reusable water bottles at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Gift Shop, only a minute away from the Redfield Auditorium. 

Financial Support

Financial support is available for a limited number of students, postdocs and attendees of the FAMOS School only. Application for this support has to be done when registering for the Meeting. Note that priority is given to new attendees. 

Sorry, no more support is left for this year! 

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