History of Oceanography

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Meetings

Meeting Minutes of the December 2013 Council Meeting of the Division of History of Science, Technology and Medicine can be accessed here.

ICHO has sponsored the following panel at the International Congress on the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, held in July 2013 in Manchester, UK.

S108. Knowledge at work in the oceans of the world
Sponsoring bodies
DHST Oceanography Commission
DHST Pacific Circle Commission
Symposium organisers:
Walter LENZ | Institute of Oceanography, Germany
Vera SCHWACH | Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education, Norway
Mon 22 July, late morning until late afternoon

S108-A. Observers and instruments
Mon 22 July, late morning
Chair: Walter LENZ | Institute of Oceanography, Germany
Commentary: Roy MACLEOD | University of Sydney, Australia
Vera SCHWACH | Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education, Norway

S108-B. Expeditions
Mon 22 July, early afternoon
Chair: Vera SCHWACH | Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education, Norway
Johan VAN BENNEKOM | Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Netherlands

Cornelia LÜDECKE | University of Hamburg, Germany
Colin SUMMERHAYES | Scott Polar Research Institute, United Kingdom

Marcel WERNAND | Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Netherlands
Hans VAN DER WOERD | Free University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Winfried GIESKES | University of Groningen, Netherlands

S108-C. On the interpretation of in-situ data
Mon 22 July, late afternoon
Chair: Cornelia LÜDECKE | University of Hamburg, Germany
Commentary: Roy MACLEOD | University of Sydney, Australia
Symposium abstract

When historians turn seaward the view include not only the coastline, but also the ocean which for a large part is not discernible by men directly. Thus ships, machines, gears, tools, instruments and skills have been critical for the attempts to understand the conception of the sea. Science was – and is- of critical significance as a way of knowing the sea, and the technologies used by scientist mediated crucial knowledge about the ocean. The contributers to the Symposium will through their cases-studies examine the importance of some of the tools and the methods used in the field studies on the ocean, in order to deepen the overall understanding of scientific practice and scientists at work.

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