Conference Venue All sessions of the CLIVAR 2004 Conference will be held in the Baltimore
Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. This centrally located
facility offers over 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Several tourist
attractions and restaurants are within walking distance. The Baltimore
Inner Harbor, all harbor attractions, nearby neighborhoods, and several
hotels are accessible via a skywalk (3 blocks).
Baltimore: Cultural Capital of the Chesapeake Bay One of America’s most historic, industrious, and innovative port
cities, Baltimore is the cultural capital of the Chesapeake Bay area.
Once famous for shipbuilding, Maryland’s largest city is now renowned
for its museums, performing arts facilities, institutions of higher learning
and, in particular, the spectacular Inner Harbor. The harbor’s
celebrated renovation blends tradition with soaring imagination: sailboats,
cargo ships, and military vessels ply the waters as they have for centuries,
while around the harbor is a festive mix of shops and restaurants, a
world-famous aquarium, and a futuristic, hands-on science center. Along
the spacious pedestrian promenade, musicians, jugglers, and other street
performers entertain passers-by.
Nestled near the harbor are ethnic neighborhoods famous for their friendliness
and fine cuisine. Little Italy, as its name implies, offers Italian food served
up in both elegant restaurants and casual cafes. The quaint cobblestone streets
of Fells Point feature lots of seafood restaurants (Maryland crab is a local
specialty), as well as an array of galleries, boutiques, and nightclubs.
Additional tourist information is found on another
page of this website.
Baltimore’s Weather Baltimore has a temperate climate. In June, the city’s
average high temperature is 83°F (28°C); the average low temperature
is 66°F (17°C). However, summer weather in the Baltimore-Washington
area can be quite unpredictable. Attendees are advised to come prepared
for the possibility of temperatures that are above or below normal, and
for the possibility of rain.
Local Diversions The Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association
will have information at the Conference for those seeking suggestions
local attractions, places of interest, restaurants, and shopping.
Conference Dinner, Wednesday, June 23
have dinner with the fish! The National Aquarium in Baltimore is the
region’s leading attraction and sits conveniently on the Inner
Harbor, just a short walk from the Convention Center. The CLIVAR Conference
Dinner will be held in the aquarium on Wednesday, June 23. Enjoy dining
on regional specialties from Maryland while enjoying the many exhibits
of marine habitats and wildlife. The exhibits start small with samples
of marine life from local waters, but visitors soon find themselves
eye-to-eye with sharks, rays, and other very large creatures and even
a simulated rainforest ecosystem. www.aqua.org
The Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore’s professional baseball team,
Orioles, plays home games at Camden Yards, just across the
street from the Convention Center. CLIVAR
has purchased 25 tickets for Tuesday night's (June 22) game against
the New York Yankees. Game time is 7:05 PM (EDT). The tickets
are along the right field line in the lower box area Section
7, Row E, seats 2-16 and Row F, seats 6-15. Tickets will be available
at the conference check-in for $25 per ticket. All seats face home
Press Center A press center will be available to media representatives
and attendees for interviews and media-related activities. Members
of the press should contact the Conference
Secretariat to register their intent to attend.
Insurance Medical costs can be quite expensive in the United
CLIVAR will not be providing insurance for this event and cannot accept responsibility
for medical needs of attendees that might occur during this conference. Participants
are encouraged to purchase travel insurance before leaving their home country
to cover such things as accidental loss of belongings, medical costs in case
of injury or illness, and other international travel risks.
Using Credit Cards and Traveler’s
Checks Most establishments in Baltimore accept some
or all commonly issued credit cards, such as VISA, Mastercard, and
also accept traveler’s checks. ATM’s are conveniently located
at banks very near the Convention Center. Currency exchange and other
financial transactions may be carried out at several banks near the
Baltimore Convention Center.
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