New: ROW-7 Agenda; ROW-7 Participants; Hotel booking form; Hotel assistance

This is a formal announcement of the seventh International Radiowave Oceanography Workshop (ROW-7). The main goals of the workshop series are to bring together scientists and experts in using radiowave remote sensing for measuring oceanographic parameters, such as ocean surface currents and waves. In addition to providing information about the meeting, this announcement is also a call for registration and abstract submission.

1. Meeting Details

ROW-7 will be held in Cancùn, Mèxico during the period 27 through 31 May, 2007. In addition to the scientific program, we are planning a mini-course for new operators of high frequency (HF) radar instruments on Sunday 27 May and a WERA Users Discussion Session on Friday 1 June.

The scientific program will start on Monday morning, 28 May, and last until Thursday, 31 May, in the afternoon. As during past workshops, there will be no parallel sessions and there will be ample time for discussions. On Wednesday afternoon, 30 May, there will be an organized group field trip to visit some Mayan Empire Ruins.

This is the 7th international workshop dedicated to the application of radiowave backscatter instruments in oceanography. As usual, the workshop programme will be structured around the following general topics areas: i) Algorithms and Development, ii) Applications, and iii) Monitoring and Surveillance. Previous workshops have been organized in the United States, Australia and Europe. The upcoming workshop represents the first time that the meeting will be held in a Latin American country.

2. Meeting Venue and Costs

Le Meridien meeting view

The venue for ROW-7 is Hotel Le Meridien in Cancùn, QR, Mèxico:

Retorno Del Rey, Lote 37-1, Km 14 Zona Hotelera
Cancùn, Quintana Roo 77500 Mèxico
Phone (+52) 998 881 2200 Fax (+52) 998 881 2201

The hotel will offer special rates for ROW-7 participants:

  • 160USdlls per night: Superior Room
  • 186USdlls per night: DeLuxe Room
  • Prices are for single or double occupancy and include 12% taxes, $5 bellman gratuity, and $4 maid service gratuity.

    Please arrange housing directly with Le Meridien using the (ROW7/CICESE) group booking form: ROW7bookingFormLeMeridien.doc
    Concerns or questions about lodging? Lupita Pacheco has volunteered to answer questions or contact the hotel directly if necesary. Please contact her by email or by phone at +52 (646) 175-0500 extension 24024.

    There will be a meeting registration fee of 360USdlls, which will include the reception (Sun), lunches (Mon-Thur), coffee and refreshments during the breaks (Mon-Thur), and the ROW-7 dinner and tour* (Wed). We would like to ask for a contribution of 160USdlls for accompanying persons not attending the scientific sessions.

    *Wednesday's tour will be to the Cobá ruins to the south of Cancùn and the Chichen Itza region; dinner on the return trip will be at a restraurant in Playa del Carmen.

    3. Registration and Abstracts

    The deadline for registration and abstract submissions has past and the meeting schedule of presentations and activities is now available. An updated list of registrants can be seen on the participants page.

    Late registering participants will be welcome on a space available basis. Please send a notice of your intention to participate to Paco Ocampo-Torres at with a CC to Jeff Paduan at

    We look forward to seeing you at ROW-7 in Mèxico!

    Reginaldo Durazo, UABC
    F. Ocampo Torres, CICESE
    Jeffrey D. Paduan, Naval Postgraduate School

    We acknowledge support from the following ROW-7 co-sponsoring groups: UABC, CINVESTAV-Mrida, CICESE, Helzel Messtechnik, Seaview Sensing.

    This web page is meant to serve as a meeting point for the marine science community members involved with applications of radio wave instruments to coastal oceanography problems. This includes application of high frequency (HF) radar technology to the mapping of ocean surface currents and waves by instruments commonly known by the brand names CODAR/SeaSonde or WERA.

    The upcoming meeting, ROW-7, represents a return of the workshop to north America following a set of meetings in Europe and Australia. HF radar installations, in particular installations related to wide-area observing systems, are an important activity at this time in the U.S. ROW-7 will be an opportunity to exchange plans and results from those efforts, including the national program planning taking place at Ocean.US and the state-wide Coastal Ocean Currents Monitoring Program (COCMP) underway in California. As always, ROW-7 will also be an opportunity to exchange scientific results based on mapping ocean currents or waves using shore-based HF radar systems.

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