Mid-Atlantic Bight Physical Oceanography and Meteorology Conference

Thursday-Friday October 30-31, 2014

Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Gloucester Point, Virginia

Meeting agenda and abstracts are now available online!

The focus of the MABPOM conference is on the oceanography and meteorology of the Mid-Atlantic Bight and adjacent regions, including the Gulf of Maine, the shelf south of Cape Hatteras, as well as the coastal estuaries of the U.S. East Coast. Cross-disciplinary presentations are especially encouraged. The informal setting of the MABPOM conference, where feedback is encouraged, provides an opportunity to present research results that may be preliminary or potentially controversial. This year's conference will be held at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) overlooking the York River—a tributary of Chesapeake Bay. VIMS is also celebrating its 75th Anniversary through 2014 and 2015. We welcome you all as part of this celebration.

MABPOM Workshops
The organizing committee is also in the process of developing two potential workshops on the day before MABPOM (October 29, 2014) with the focus on: (1) Developing collaborative proposals for the OOI PIONEER Array, and (2) Discuss science enabled by the Gliderpalooza 2013 and 2014 experiments. If you are interested in participating in either of these potential workshops, please contact us.
Key Dates for Participants
Registration, including presentation title and abstract must be made by October 1, 2014. Registration fees are due either October 15, 2014 (if mailing in), or the morning of the first day of conference on October 30, 2014. 
To obtain discount lodging rates, hotel reservations must be made by October 1, 2014. 

See lodging information below.
Conference Registration
Registration should be done online at our registration webpage before October 1, 2014. You will need to specify your choice of presentation type (poster or talk) and submit an abstract if you are presenting. The registration fee covers the conference dinner and two lunches. The registration fee for advanced payment by mail is $75 (check only) due by October 15, 2014
. The registration fee paid on site on the first day of conference is $80 (cash or checks, but NOT credit cards).

Please make the check payable to Virginia Institute of Marine Science and mail to the following address:
Attention: Cashier
P.O. Box 1346
Gloucester Point, VA 23062
*If you are paying with a check, please include your name and MABPOM in the check's comment section or in an attached memo. That allows us to keep track of who has paid.

Conference Venue
The conference will be held in Watermen’s Hall on the Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s main campus in Gloucester Point. The poster session will be held in Chesapeake Hall on the afternoon of October 30th. Directions and a campus map can be found at There will be onsite parking at VIMS and a shuttle between the conference hotel (Duke of York) and VIMS will also be provided.
Poster Session
The poster session will be held in Chesapeake Bay Hall lobby on Thursday Oct 30 from 5-6:30 PM. The recommended poster dimension is 30'' x 40''.  Beer and wine will be served during the poster session.
The list of presentations for MABPOM 2014 is now available for download.
The submitted abstracts are now available for download.
Conference Dinner
A catered conference dinner for all attendees will be held at VIMS Waterman's Hall Lobby right after the poster session in Cheseapeake Hall.  If you have specific dietary needs, please specify in the comment section of the online registration form.

A block of 33 rooms for meeting participants has been set-aside at the Duke of York Hotel in Yorktown for Oct 29-31. This hotel has been chosen because of its proximity to local restaurants, riverfront entertainment, and the VIMS campus. The room rate is $83/night if reservations are made by October 1, 2014. To book rooms, call directly or go to, enter arrival and departure dates, and then enter "MABPOM" for the Promo Code.

For those who are interested in staying in the historic Williamsburg, we recommend the Woodlands Hotel and Suite ( It's within walking distance of Williamsburg and an easy drive to VIMS via the Colonial Historic Parkway.

Amtrak provides train service on its South Corridor to Williamsburg, VA, located approximately 15 miles from the VIMS Gloucester Point Campus.

Taxi information coming soon. Note: Taxis do not cross the Coleman Bridge to get to VIMS. If anyone needs transportation between their hotel and the conference site, and can't utilize the provided shuttle, please let us know so we can arrange an alternative means of transportation.

The closest airport to VIMS (~25 mins) is Newport News Williamsburg International Airport (PHF).
Two other major airports serving the region are (each located about 1-1.3 hour away from VIMS):

To navigate to VIMS Watermen's Hall, please use this address:

1375 Greate Rd, Gloucester Point, VA 23062-2026

You can also simply search for "VIMS Watermen's Hall" in Google Maps.

Organizing Committee
Donglai Gong (, 804-684-7529)
Conference Sponsors

CODAR Ocean Sensors

Teledyne Webb Research