The purpose of ASLO is to foster a diverse, international scientific community that creates, integrates and communicates knowledge across the full spectrum of aquatic sciences, advances public awareness and education about aquatic resources and research, and promotes scientific stewardship of aquatic resources for the public interest. Its products and activities are directed toward these ends.
For more than 60 years, ASLO has been the leading professional organization for researchers and educators in the field of aquatic science. ASLO traces its roots to the Limnological Society of America (LSA), which was established in 1936 to further interest and research in limnological science. While the LSA had members working in both freshwater and marine systems, the name did not reflect this diversity until 1948 when the Oceanographic Society of the Pacific merged with the LSA to become the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography. ASLO is incorporated as a nonstock (non-profit) corporation in the State of Wisconsin. Membership in the society is presently more than 4,300 members. Members are drawn from 58 countries including the United States, and more than a quarter of the members reside outside the U.S. In 2011, ASLO members voted to change its name to the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, reflecting the increasingly international nature of the society.
ASLO is best known for its journals and its interdisciplinary meetings. In recent years, the society has developed programs in public education and outreach, public policy, and professional development. It has also sponsored programs to encourage student interaction and to increase opportunities for minorities in the aquatic sciences.
ASLO maintains a public policy office in Washington, D.C., and through its membership interacts with policy decisions in other nations when these policy decisions affect either resources available to do aquatic research or stewardship of aquatic resources. Although member efforts in policy are strictly voluntary, they are strongly encouraged and organized through the web and e-mail.
ASLO is committed to providing resources that enable better aquatic sciences teaching from K-gray. Exciting current projects are provision of an image library and a collection of teaching approaches that have been tested by members.
L&O was founded in 1956 and, according to the Science Citation Index, is the most frequently cited journal in both fields. The journal has grown from 316 pages in 1956, to approximately 2000 pages per year in recent years. it publishes original articles about all aspects of limnology and oceanography. The journal's unifying theme is the understanding of aquatic ecosystems.
The ASLO Bulletin was launched in 1992 as an informal means of communication among members, and in 2001 was renamed the Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin as part of a major revision of its purpose and content. It is published four times annually and includes peer-reviewed articles, informational and opinion articles concerning events within and beyond the society, community news, meeting announcements and highlights, book reviews and other material.
L&O:Methods considers manuscripts whose primary focus is methodological, and that deal with problems in the aquatic sciences. In order to provide the most rapid publication consistent with high standards, the journal appears in electronic format only, and the entire submission and review system is online. Articles are posted as soon as they are accepted and formatted for publication.
"eBooks" first appeared more than 15 years ago. The aquatic sciences have enthusiastically embraced electronic journals, but electronic books dealing with limnology and oceanography remain rare. ASLO has published several e-Books, all of which are freely available to the public.
L&O Fluids and Environments was published between 2011-2014 in partnership with Duke University Press. It focused on the interface of fluid dynamics and biology, chemistry, and/or geology in aquatic systems. Although the journal has been retired, its content remains freely available.
ASLO holds at least one and usually 2 meetings annually, often in partnership with other aquatic science societies. Sessions on recent advances and other special topics are included as well as a core sessions representing the breadth of aquatic science. For the past decade, a biannual Aquatic Sciences meeting has generally alternated with a biannual Ocean Sciences meeting. The society maintains a balance between limnology and oceanography in its meetings. Meeting co-sponsors have included the American Geophysical Union, the Ecological Society of America, the Oceanography Society, and others.
Anyone interested in the aquatic sciences is welcome to join the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. There are several options available for subscribing to the society's journals in print and electronic format. Choose the option that best suits your needs. Refer to the New Member Information Page for more information!