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The OCEANS '11 IEEE conference will take place from June 6 to 9 in the coastal city of Santander, Spain. The annual conference series, promoted by IEEE's Oceanic Engineering Society, is now in its sixth year.

This will be the first year the conference is held in Santander, a city in northern Spain surrounded by beaches and overlooking the Cantabrian Sea.

Organizers said the conference will bring together engineers and scientists to promote, disseminate and exchange knowledge and scientific-technical advances in the fields of marine technology, ocean science and ocean engineering. The purpose of the conference, organizers said, is to raise awareness on the important role the ocean has in society, the environment and how technology can be used to preserve the ocean.

Different rooms in the exhibition hall will hold parallel sessions and the commercial exhibition. The exhibition area will feature some of the newest technology and is equipped to satisfy all the requirements of the event, organizers said.

Organizers said the title of the conference, Oceans of Energy for a Sustainable Future, defines the area's historical ties to the sea and the belief that sustainable socioeconomic development can be achieved through the use of renewable marine energy and guarantees the preservation of the environment for future generations.

The general topics of the conference are underwater acoustics and associated processing; ocean and coastal observing systems, platforms and instrumentation; remote sensing of the air-ocean surface; ocean data visualization, modeling and information management; marine environment, oceanography and meteorology; optics, imaging, vision and e-m systems; marine and coastal law, policy, management and education; naval and offshore structures and technology; and ocean vehicles and floating structures.

Special Topics
The 2011 conference will include a number of special topics, including marine renewable energy; marine communications and technology; climate change; marine life and ecosystems; ocean sequestration of carbon dioxide; coastal engineering; estuarine systems; marine aquaculture and fishing; coastal hazards; desalination; oil spills; electronic warfare technology and equipment; onboard electronics; and introduction of new technologies in the learning system.

More Information
For more information, visit www.oceans11ieeesantander.org or e-mail info@oceans11ieeesantander.org.

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