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SAMS media release - SAMS Director Laurence Mee 1951-2014

It is with a deeply heavy heart that we have to announce the unexpected death of our wonderful director, Professor Laurence Mee FRSC, yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 13 August 2014). Laurence had suffered a severe stroke on Tuesday while on business in Inverness from which he did not recover. He was just 63 and to the last moment exuded an ocean of positive and youthful energy.


Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with his family and all who were close to him, especially his four children to whom he was a devoted and immensely proud father.

Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) Open Science Conference: 20 years of AMT

In 2015 the Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) will have been in existence for 20 years. 


In order to celebrate this achievement we would like to invite you to attend an AMT open science conference in June 2015 at Plymouth Marine Laboratory and to submit a manuscript to a special issue of Progress in Oceanography.

GEO Interim Implementation Plan 2015-2025

The GEO Interim Implementation Plan is now available online at http://www.earthobservations.org/ipwg.php


As GEO approaches the end of its first 10-year 2005-2015 mandate, the Ministers from GEO Member governments and leaders from GEO Participating Organizations gathered at the Geneva Ministerial Summit on 17 January 2014, and decided to extend their political commitment to the GEO vision through 2025.

Royal honour for SAMS president

The president of SAMS, the Scottish Association for Marine Science, has been awarded a royal medal for his lifetime’s work developing and promoting glaciology.


Glaciologist Professor Geoffrey Boulton received The Royal Geographical Society’s prestigious Founder’s Gold Medal at this year’s recent annual presentation. Approved by the queen, the Society’s royal medals are among the highest awards of their kind in the world, and are presented annually in recognition of excellence and outstanding achievements in geographical research and fieldwork, teaching and public engagement.

Barbara J. Ryan Re-appointed as GEO Secretariat Director

Barbara J. Ryan has been re-appointed, without competition, to a second, three year term as the Secretariat Director of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). Ryan’s re-appointment was made by unanimous consent of the GEO Executive Committee.


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