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EGU establishes Working Group on Diversity and Equality

  • EGU news
  • 12 November 2018

The EGU recognises the value of diversity in particular in terms of geographical, gender, scientific disciplines and age balance. Since its creation, the Union has had a genuine and continuous interest in ensuring fair treatment within its community. In Autumn 2018, the EGU Council established the creation of the EGU Working Group on Diversity and Equality, with the aim to promote and support diversity and equality of opportunities in the Earth, planetary and space sciences, with particular focus on EGU activities.


Applications open for the EGU General Assembly Mentoring Programme

  • EGU news
  • 9 November 2018

For the third year in a row, the EGU is offering a mentoring programme for novice conference attendees, students, and early career scientists at its annual General Assembly. The programme aims to facilitate new connections that may lead to long-term professional relationships within the Earth, planetary and space science communities. We especially encourage potential mentors to sign up and share their expertise with first-timers at the General Assembly.

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Vote for the next EGU Treasurer

  • EGU news
  • 5 November 2018

From now until 30 November 2018, EGU members can vote in the Autumn 2018 EGU Election. If you are a member of the Union, you should have already received an email with a personalised voting link. Remember that active participation in EGU elections ensures continuation of the well-established bottom-up structure of our Union!

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EGU’s reaction to IPCC report on Global Warming of 1.5°C

  • Press release
  • 9 October 2018

Yesterday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations scientific and intergovernmental body, published the summary for policymakers of its Global Warming of 1.5ºC (SR15) report. EGU representatives react to the findings.

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Earth System Dynamics

ESD Ideas: The stochastic climate model shows that underestimated Holocene trends and variability represent two sides of the same coin

Long-term sea surface temperature trends and variability are underestimated in models compared to paleoclimate data. The idea is presented that the trends and variability are related, which is elaborated in a conceptual model framework. The temperature spectrum can be used to estimate the timescale-dependent climate sensitivity.

Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

Global phosphorus recovery from wastewater for agricultural reuse

Phosphorus (P) is important to global food security. Thus it is concerning that natural P reserves are predicted to deplete within the century. Here we explore the potential of P recovery from wastewater (WW) at global scale. We identify high production and demand sites to determine optimal market prices and trade flows. We show that 20% of the agricultural demand can be met, yet only 4 % can be met economically. Nonetheless, this recovery stimulates circular economic development in WW treatment.

Climate of the Past

A 900-year New England temperature reconstruction from in situ seasonally produced branched glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers (brGDGTs)

We measured biomarker production over a year in a small inland lake in the northeastern USA. Understanding biomarkers in the modern environment helps us improve reconstructions of past climate from lake sediment records. We use these results to interpret a 900-year decadally resolved temperature record from this lake. Our record highlights multi-decadal oscillations in temperature superimposed on a long-term cooling trend, providing novel insight into climate dynamics of the region.


Spatial assessments of soil organic carbon for stakeholder decision-making – a case study from Kenya

Land degradation impacts the health and livelihoods of about 1.5 billion people worldwide. The state of the environment and food security are strongly interlinked in tropical landscapes. This paper demonstrates the integration of soil organic carbon (SOC) and land health maps with socioeconomic datasets into an online, open-access platform called the Resilience Diagnostic and Decision Support Tool for Turkana County in Kenya.

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