The Fifth International Conference on School and Popular Meteorological and Oceanographic Education was held 5–9 July 1999 in Ballarat and Melbourne, Australia. Conference delegates included 105 teacher educators, meteorologists, oceanographers, and science communicators representing 13 nations. Principal themes of the conference were weather and ocean studies in the primary and secondary school classroom (K–12), professional development programs for teachers in meteorology and oceanography, using the Internet for schools and public education, and communicating environmental issues to the public. Oral presentations, workshops, poster sessions, and hands-on demonstrations provided information on programs for teacher enhancement, computer-aided instruction, and access to real-time weather information.
*Oceanography Department, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.
+Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin—Green Bay, Green Bay, Wisconsin.