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EGU Public Engagement Grants: 2020 winners announced

  • EGU news
  • 27 May 2020

The EGU Outreach Committee has named three grant winners this year: Purls of Wisdom, a project in which participants will create yarn-based crafts to help raise local awareness of Earth’s changing climate; Earth Arcade’s Ocean Acidification, an online, research-based game that will highlight the impacts of ocean acidification; and Reclaiming the rocks: ukuthetha ngezifundo zomhlaba ngesiXhosa, a project to translate stories from South Africa’s rich geological history into indigenous languages.

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The contribution of microbial communities in polymetallic nodules to thediversity of the deep-sea microbiome of the Peru Basin (4130–4198 mdepth)

Industrial-scale mining of deep-sea polymetallic nodules will remove nodules in large areas of the sea floor. We describe community composition of microbes associated with nodules of the Peru Basin. Our results show that nodules provide a unique ecological niche, playing an important role in shaping the diversity of the benthic deep-sea microbiome and potentially in element fluxes. We believe that our findings are highly relevant to expanding our knowledge of the impact associated with mining.

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

Enhanced growth rate of atmospheric particles from sulfuric acid

Sulfuric acid is a major atmospheric vapour for aerosol formation. If new particles grow fast enough, they can act as cloud droplet seeds or affect air quality. In a controlled laboratory set-up, we demonstrate that van der Waals forces enhance growth from sulfuric acid. We disentangle the effects of ammonia, ions and particle hydration, presenting a complete picture of sulfuric acid growth from molecular clusters onwards. In a climate model, we show its influence on the global aerosol budget.

Earth System Dynamics

The role of prior assumptions in carbon budget calculations

Levels of future temperature change are often used interchangeably with carbon budget allowances in climate policy, a relatively robust relationship on the timescale of this century. However, recent advances in understanding underline that continued warming after net-zero emissions have been achieved cannot be ruled out by observations of warming to date. We consider here how such behavior could be constrained and how policy can be framed in the context of these uncertainties.

Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences

Snow avalanche detection and mapping in multitemporal and multiorbital radar images from TerraSAR-X and Sentinel-1

To assess snow avalanche mapping with radar satellites in Switzerland, we compare 2 m resolution TerraSAR-X images, 10 m resolution Sentinel-1 images, and optical 1.5 m resolution SPOT-6 images. We found that radar satellites provide a valuable option to map at least larger avalanches, though avalanches are mapped only partially. By combining multiple orbits and polarizations from S1, we achieved mapping results of quality almost comparable to single high-resolution TerraSAR-X images.

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