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SOIL indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded

  • EGU news
  • 31 January 2019

We are proud to announce that the EGU and Copernicus journal SOIL has been accepted by Clarivate Analytics to be indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), the Journal Citation Reports (JCR), and Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology & Environmental Sciences.

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Obituary: Lily Pereg (1964–2019)

  • EGU news
  • 28 January 2019

Lily Pereg, Deputy President and Programme Group Chair of the EGU Soil System Sciences (SSS) Division and Executive Editor of the SOIL journal, died tragically and unexpectedly earlier this month during a trip to Argentina.

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Apply to be an EGU division early career scientist representative

  • EGU news
  • 24 January 2019

Early career scientists (ECS) make up a significant proportion of the EGU membership and it’s important to us that your voices get heard. To make sure that happens, each division appoints an ECS representative: the vital link between the Union and the ECS membership. This year a number of divisions are looking for new representatives. Follow the link to find out more, including how to get involved.

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The Cryosphere

Thaw processes in ice-rich permafrost landscapes represented with laterally coupled tiles in a land surface model

Many permafrost landscapes contain large amounts of excess ground ice, which gives rise to small-scale elevation differences. This results in lateral fluxes of snow, water, and heat, which we investigate and show how it can be accounted for in large-scale models. Using a novel model technique which can account for these differences, we are able to model both the current state of permafrost and how these landscapes change as permafrost thaws, in a way that could not previously be achieved.

Climate of the Past

Harmonising plant functional type distributions for evaluating Earth system models

A simple but powerful method for the biomisation of plant functional type distributions is introduced and tested for six different dynamic global vegetation models based on pre-industrial and palaeo-simulations. The method facilitates the direct comparison between vegetation distributions simulated by different Earth system models and between model results and the pollen-based biome reconstructions. It is therefore a powerful tool for the evaluation of Earth system models.


Towards a more complete quantification of the global carbon cycle

Globally, C is added to the atmosphere from fossil fuels and deforestation, balanced by ocean uptake and atmospheric increase. The difference (residual sink) is equated to plant uptake. But this omits cement carbonation; transport to oceans by dust; riverine organic C and volatile organics; and increased C in plastic, bitumen, wood, landfills, and lakes. Their inclusion reduces the residual sink from 3.6 to 2.1 GtC yr-1 and thus the inferred ability of the biosphere to alter human C emissions.

Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

A simple topography-driven and calibration-free runoff generation module

Supported by large-sample ecological observations, a novel, simple and topography-driven runoff generation module (HSC-MCT) was created. The HSC-MCT is calibration-free, and therefore it can be used to predict in ungauged basins, and has great potential to be generalized at the global scale. Also, it allows us to reproduce the variation of saturation areas, which has great potential to be used for broader hydrological, ecological, climatological, and biogeochemical studies.

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