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EGU Galileo Conference programme: call for proposals

  • EGU news
  • 4 December 2018

The EGU is now accepting proposals for Galileo Conferences, which aim to address well-focused cutting-edge topics at the frontier of geosciences research. The conferences are informal: the state-of-the-art is outlined in keynote talks designed to trigger in-depth discussion of important aspects of the conference topic. EGU members can propose to organise a Galileo Conference and apply for funding by the end of February 2019.


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Become an EGU member or renew your membership!

  • EGU news
  • 3 December 2018

The EGU is Europe’s premier geosciences union, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. Membership is open to individuals who subscribe to the objectives of the EGU and who are professionally engaged in or associated with either the geosciences, planetary and space sciences, or related studies. Membership is affordable and provides a number of benefits, including eligibility to present your research at the annual EGU General Assembly and substantially reduced registrations rates to the meeting.


EGU Programme Committee members at the February 2017 Programme Committee meeting

Results of the EGU autumn 2018 elections

  • EGU news
  • 3 December 2018

The results of the EGU elections are now available on the elections page of this website. Patric Jacobs was elected as the EGU Treasurer for the term 2019–2021. He will be inaugurated during the EGU plenary meeting on 8 April 2019 in Vienna, Austria.



Covers of all 17 EGU journals published by Copernicus

Mobile-friendly websites and full-text html papers for EGU journals

  • EGU news
  • 22 November 2018

Copernicus Publications, who manage EGU publications, are rolling out new updates for EGU journals aimed at improving the user experience, particularly for those accessing the journal websites on a mobile device. ESurf, TC and CP have now published their first papers in full-text html, with other EGU journals following suit over the next few weeks. The HTML format makes it easier for search engines to find content on EGU journals. Importantly, it also means papers can easily be read on mobile devices since the content of the websites is responsive, adapting to the size of the screen.


Highlight articles

Climate of the Past

Hydro-climatic variability in the southwestern Indian Ocean between 6000 and 3000 years ago

The4.2 ka eventbetween 4.2 and 3.9 ka has been widely discussed in the Northern Hemsiphere but less reported in the Southern Hemisphere. Here, we use speleothem records from Rodrigues in the southwestern Indian Ocean spanning from 6000 to 3000 years ago to investigate the regional hydro-climatic variability. Our records show no evidence for an unusual climate anomaly between 4.2 and 3.9 ka. Instead, it shows a multi-centennial drought between 3.9 and 3.5 ka.


Earth System Dynamics

Light absorption by marine cyanobacteria affects tropical climate mean state and variability

We use an Earth system model to study the effects of light absorption by marine cyanobacteria on climate. We find that cyanobacteria have a considerable cooling effect on tropical SST with implications for ocean and atmosphere circulation patterns as well as for climate variability. The results indicate the importance of considering phytoplankton light absorption in climate models, and specifically highlight the role of cyanobacteria due to their regulative effect on tropical SST and climate.


The Cryosphere

Seasonal to decadal variability in ice discharge from the Greenland Ice Sheet

We derive the first continuous record of total ice discharged from all large Greenland outlet glaciers over the 2000–2016 period, resolving a distinct pattern of seasonal variability. We compare these results to glacier retreat and meltwater runoff and find that while runoff has a limited impact on ice discharge in summer, long-term changes in discharge are highly correlated to retreat. These results help to better understand Greenland outlet glacier sensitivity over a range of timescales.


The Cryosphere

Cold-to-warm flow regime transition in snow avalanches

Snow avalanches show complicated flow behaviour, characterized by several flow regimes which coexist in one avalanche. In this work, we analyse flow regime transitions where a powder snow avalanche transforms into a plug flow avalanche by incorporating warm snow due to entrainment. Prediction of such a transition is very important for hazard mitigation, as the efficiency of protection dams are strongly dependent on the flow regime, and our results should be incorporated into avalanche models.


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