Welcome to the TOS Member Center

The Oceanography Society (TOS) was founded in 1988 to advance oceanographic research, technology, and education, and to disseminate knowledge of oceanography and its application through research and education. TOS promotes the broad understanding of oceanography, facilitates consensus building across all the disciplines of the field, and informs the public about ocean research, innovative technology, and educational opportunities throughout the spectrum of oceanographic inquiry. TOS includes members from all nations. Any individual, business, or organization interested in ocean sciences is welcome to join and to participate in the activities and benefits of the society. All members receive Oceanography, the Society's quarterly journal. Upon payment, members will receive access to 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).

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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 academic program at the baccalaureate or higher level who have interests in oceanography or an ocean-related field. Electronic delivery of four issues of Oceanography magazine is included in this membership category. If hard copy delivery of Oceanography is requested, a $20 fee is charged.

EARLY CAREER MEMBERSHIP [$30]:  Available to non-student oceanographers, scientists, or engineers active in ocean-related fields, or to persons who have advanced oceanography by management or other public service who have received their highest degree within the past five years.

REGULAR MEMBERSHIP [$70]:  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 [$125]: 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. 

CORPORATE/INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP [starting at $300]: Organizations such as corporations, institutions or other non-profit groups may support TOS as corporate/institutional members. Click here for a list of the benefits provided for this level of membership. One key contact person can register as a member, and add organization employees as linked members. The cost for this level of membership is: key contact person plus up to 4 linked members ($300); key contact person plus 9 linked members ($600), key contact person plus 14 linked members ($900); and key contact person plus 19 linked members ($1,200). Each additional linked member beyond 19 will be added at the cost of $60 per individual. Click here to complete the membership form.

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.Visit the corporate and institutional members page for information about benefits. 

About TOS Membership

The membership period is January 1st through December 31st of each year. 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 scientific conferences
  • 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