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Division on Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)

President: Didier Roche,
Deputy President: Marc Luetscher,

The Division on Climate: Past, Present & Future is one of the larger divisions of the European Geosciences Union. It pools from many disciplines and consequently has many co-organized and co-listed sessions with other divisions at the general assembly. The division is very interdisciplinary and covers climate variations on all time scales. CL includes the study of any kind of climate archive from rocks to ocean cores, speleothems, ice cores, chronicles, to instrumental records to name a few. Besides observations, climate modeling on all time scales from the deep past to the future are areas covered by the division. Any aspect of the climate system falls into the realm of the division e.g. atmosphere, ocean, biosphere, cryosphere, and geology. Themes focus on the climate on Earth but may also expand other planets or the sun.

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Hans Oeschger Medal 2017

The 2017 Hans Oeschger Medal is awarded to Denis-Didier Rousseau in recognition of his pioneering work in continental climate reconstruction by developing new proxies and combining them with innovative climate-model simulations.




Milutin Milankovic Medal 2017

The 2017 Milutin Milankovic Medal is awarded to Axel Timmermann for fundamental and pioneering contributions to the understanding of climate dynamics at different spatial and temporal scales.





Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award 2017

The 2017 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award is awarded to Francesco Muschitiello for his contributions to understanding mechanisms of abrupt climatic change in combination with observations across the North Atlantic region.


Current issue of the EGU newsletter

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At the start of this month, the US president announced the country would be withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, a decision that rejects the overwhelming political and scientific consensus. The EGU reacted by strongly opposing this decision and reaffirming its support for the EGU scientific community and its science. EGU President Jonathan Bamber also wrote in defence of science in an opinion piece, a follow-up to the ‘Make Facts Great Again: how can scientists stand up for science?’ Union Symposium at the EGU 2017 General Assembly. An editorial about the session was also published in Nature Geoscience, highlighting the need not only for the public to trust in scientists, but also for scientists to trust the people.

In other news, the EGU has opened a call for financial support for training schools. If you’d like to organise a training school in the Earth, planetary or space sciences in 2018, please apply for funding from the EGU by 15 August 2017.

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