The ISARS Symposia:

  1. 1981 - Calgary
  2. 1983 - Rome
  3. 1985 - Paris
  4. 1988 - Canberra
  5. 1990 - New Delhi
  6. 1992 - Athens
  7. 1994 - Boulder
  8. 1996 - Moscow
  9. 1998 - Vienna : ISARS '98 web pages, programme (as printed, there were some minor deviations)
  10. 2000 - Auckland: ISARS 2000 web pages, programme (pdf)
  11. 2002 - Rome
  12. 2004 - Cambridge
  13. 2006 - Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Special Issues of Journals and Books Devoted to ISARS Symposia

Paris - 1986: Atmospheric Research, Vol. 20, Nos. 2-4, pp. 105-333.

New Delhi - 1990: S.P. Singal (ed.): Acoustic Remote Sensing. Proceedings of the 5th Int. Symp. of Acoustic Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Oceans. Tata McGraw Hill Publ. Comp. Ltd., New Delhi. 538 pp.

Athens - 1993: Applied Physics, Vol. B57, No. 1, pp. 1-82.
1994: International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 15, No. 2.

Boulder - 1996: Boundary-Layer Meteorology, Vol. 81 No. 1, pp. 1-103.

Vienna - 1999: Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, Vol. 71, No. 1-2 (p. 1-138).
Title page (117 kB) - Table of content as a gif file (117 kB) or as a text file with with links to abstracts

Garmisch-Partenkirchen - 2006: Meteorologische Zeitschrift, Vol. 16, No. 4 (p. 323-459).
Table of content with links to abstracts

9th ISARS Symposium in Vienna, July 1998

Minutes of the Business Session on 10 July, 1998

Present: Delegates at the ISARS conference.
Apologies: Bill Neff, Mike Asimakopoulos

Past minutes: The minutes of the 8th ISARS were read by the secretary, Sagar Singal. There was no discussion.


Outstanding members: Sagar Singal was elected as an Honored Fellow of ISARS.

Comments by the chairman of the 9th ISARS, Erich Mursch:
Erich thanked the delegates, and commented on the success of the conference. He introduced the student conference workers, who were thanked warmly by the delegates. The delegates also acclaimed the efforts of Erich Mursch, Petra Seibert, and other Vienna colleagues.

Name: It was decided to retain the extended name for ISARS.

Secretary and new committee.

There was wide-ranging discussion regarding the function of the secretary and of the large ISARS committee. It was eventually resolved by show of hands that a smaller steering committee be formed, from which the in-coming chairperson would select a secretary in due course. The steering committee, established by nomination, was

Stuart Bradley (chairman)
Mike Asimakopoulos
Rich Coulter
Margo Kallistratova
Erich Mursch
Bill Neff
Gerhard Peters
Petra Seibert.

Next Conference:
New Zealand and Siberia were proposed. New Zealand was selected (and so Stuart Bradley becomes the new chairman of ISARS). There was also considerable discussion regarding combining with the Tropospheric Profiling Conference, normally held every three years, and to be held in Snowmass in a month or so. The delegates felt that this was a positive move and that ISARS delegates at Snowmass should press for a joint conference to be held at the end of 2000. This two and one half year interval would be a compromise for both ISARS (normally two years), and the Profiling group, and would also result in a conference in the southern hemisphere summer.

The meeting closed with a warm welcome from Stuart Bradley for the delegates to reassemble in New Zealand for ISARS 2000.

(Stuart Bradley, Chair 1998-2000)

8th ISARS Symposium in Moscow, May 1996

Report by Dr. S. P. Singal, Exec. Secretary, National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi, 110012, India .

The 8th International Symposium on Acoustic Remore Sensing and Associated Techniques of the Atmosphere and Ocean was held in Moscow during May 27-31, 1996. The symposium was organized by the International Society of Acoustic Remote Sensing (ISARS), the A.M. Obukhov Intitute of Atmospheric Physics (Russian Academy of Sciences, and Russian Acoustic Society. 112 delegates from 22 countries, including 65 delegates from Russia and 2 delegates from the CIS countries, participated in the symposium. Academician G.S.Lolitsyn was the chairman of the symposium. The symposium was sponsored by the Russian Fund of Fundamental Research and the RF Ministry of Science. The foreign firms manufacturing the instrumentation for acoustic investigations (Kaijo-Denki, Japan; AiroVironment, USA; Metek, Germany) also financially supported the symposium.

15 invited reports were presented that gave an overview of the problems of propagation and scattering of sound waves in the atmosphere and ocean, employment of acoustic sensing in studying both atmospheric and oceanic boundary layers, in determining remotely the parameters of natural media (to include these parameters in modern dispersion models), and also in studying climatologically the atmosphere-ocean interactions and in ecological investigations. During 6 subject sessions 47 oral reports and 12 posters were presented on original investigations carried out over the last two years. Special session, including 5 oral reports and 21 posters was devoted to the development of instrumentation for acoustic sounding and to the integral systems of ground-based remote sounding, where acoustic, light, and radio waves are used. Two panel discussions were organized: on propagation of acoustic waves in the atmosphere and ocean and on acoustic sound- ing of the atmospheric boundary layer. Several foreign firms exhibited their instrumentation for atmospheric sounding.

Scientific excursions were organized to the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, and to the Zvenigorod Scientific Station of the Institute. Operating installations to sound the atmospheric boundary layer and to study acoustical and gravitational waves in the atmosphere were demonstrated to the participants of the symposium at the Zvenigorod Station.

Significant progress in the development of the techniques of remote sensing and their employment in regular hydrometeorlogical service was noted in the resolution of the symposium. The promising areas were determined for the development of acoustic investigations of natural media. It was emphasized that special efforts may be made to interact with the oceanographic community to make a visible impact of their presence. It was suggested that papers on subjects like acoustic tomography, air-sea interaction, wave breaking, rain measurements at the sea surface, acoustic sounding of small waves, wind direction estimation using acoustic remote sensing with directional hydrophons and relationship between wind speed and sea state may be invited for presentation in the symposium. It was also suggested that ISARS establishes a World Wide Web Site to communicate the activities of the society. Dr. Petra Seibert offered to set up this Web which was thankfully accepted.

The next 9th Symposium is to be held in Vienna (Austria) under the chairmanship of Erich Mursch-Radlgruber. It was also decided that in case of any problems, Dr. Peters of Hamburg, Germany will host ISARS'98.Proposals for Oakland (New Zealand) and Japan were also considered for ISARS'2000. The office bearers of Society were elected as conventions for the smooth functioning of the Society for the next two years i. e. 1996-1998. The list is attached.

The meeting ended with a hearty vote of thanks to the host chairman of the society Dr. M. A. Kallistratova.

(S.P. Singal)

Back to ISARS homepage

last update: 2 Oct 2007 P. Seibert | URL of this page: