Welcome to the TOS Member Center

The Oceanography Society (TOS) was founded in 1988 to disseminate knowledge of oceanography and its application through research and education, to promote communication among oceanographers, and to provide a constituency for consensus-building across all the disciplines of the field. The membership period is January 1st through December 31st of each year. Full membership is due upon joining. All members are entitled to exercise the rights and responsibilities of active participation in the Society, including the right to vote. All members receive the Society's quarterly magazine Oceanography. Upon payment, members will receive all back issues of the magazine to which they are entitled for that membership period. All applications for membership are subject to approval by the Society's Membership Committee. To join, apply online, or if you prefer, mail in a completed membership application (52 KB pdf).

Renew or Join Now!

If your membership has lapsed, click here to renew online

To join TOS now, click on the bold name of the appropriate membership category below to access the membership system. The membership application can also be mailed with a check.

STUDENT MEMBERSHIP [FREE]: Available for students enrolled in an oceanography or ocean-related program at the baccalaureate or higher level. 

REGULAR MEMBERSHIP [$60]:  Available to oceanographers, scientists, or engineers active in ocean-related fields, or to persons who have advanced oceanography by management or other public service. 

SPONSORING MEMBERSHIP [$110]: Available to individuals who wish to provide enhanced support annually. In the US, $50 of the annual dues in this category is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution, as are any additional contributions, over and above the annual regular membership dues. 


Visit the Sponsors page for additional information about benefits. 

INDIVIDUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS [$40]: We encourage membership in TOS, however, we realize that not everyone wishing to receive Oceanography magazine will meet TOS membership criteria. Thus, annual subscriptions to the magazine are available. To subscribe, please click here to purchase a subscription online or download the Subscription Form to print and submit by mail.

About TOS Membership

The membership period is January 1st through December 31st of each year, however, persons joining now through December 31, 2016 will have their membership extended through December 2017. Upon joining, new members will receive access to back issues of Oceanography magazine for that membership period.

Benefits of Membership

  • Delivery of Oceanography magazine electronically and by regular mail
  • Discounted registration for TOS-supported scientific conferences
  • Access to job search tools and discounted job posting services in the TOS Career Center
  • Invitations to participate in TOS networking events at various events
  • Opportunities for students to apply for support to attend conferences
  • Monthly delivery of TOS NEWS and other announcements of community interest
  • Access to discussion groups and online social communities on oceanography-related topics
  • The right to vote for Council members and to express your opinion on all matters of interest to the Society