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A first look at the vEGU21 conference platform

#vEGU21: sneak peek!

  • EGU news
  • 7 January 2021

Sharing your science is more important than ever. The platform we’re building will help you engage with colleagues, discover new opportunities, and find renewed inspiration!

Artists participating in vEGU21

Four artists to be (not!) in residence at vEGU21

  • EGU news
  • 6 January 2021

From creative writing to portraits and Legos to algorithms, the handiwork of four scientist-artists will inspire General Assembly participants to develop creative new ways of communicating their research.


EGU webinar: All about open access!

  • EGU news
  • 5 January 2021

In a recorded interview, the initiator and co-chair of the international open-access initiative OA2020 addresses members’ questions, including how abstracts submitted to vEGU21 are protected.

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Most-read EGU journal articles of 2020!

  • EGU news
  • 30 December 2020

From the substructure of extremely hot summers and the potential intensification of the global hydrologic cycle to knowledge building on Twitter, these crowd-pleasers accounted for a quarter-million views in 2020!

Highlight articles

Climate of the Past

Plateaus and jumps in the atmospheric radiocarbon record – potential origin and value as global age markers for glacial-to-deglacial paleoceanography, a synthesis

The dating technique of 14 C plateau tuning uses U/Th-based model ages, refinements of the Lake Suigetsu age scale, and the link of surface ocean carbon to the globally mixed atmosphere as basis of age correlation. Our synthesis employs data of 20 sediment cores from the global ocean and offers a coherent picture of global ocean circulation evolving over glacial-to-deglacial times on semi-millennial scales to be compared with climate records stored in marine sediments, ice cores, and speleothems.

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

Long-term deposition and condensation ice-nucleatingparticle measurements from four stations across the globe

Long-term ice-nucleating particle (INP) data are presented from four semi-pristine sites located in the Amazon, the Caribbean, Germany and the Arctic. Average INP concentrations did not differ by orders of magnitude between the sites. For all sites short-term variability dominated the time series, which lacked clear trends and seasonalities. Common drivers to explain the INP levels and their variations could not be identified, illustrating the complex nature of heterogeneous ice nucleation.

Earth System Dynamics

Emergent constraints on equilibrium climate sensitivity in CMIP5: do they hold for CMIP6?

As an important measure of climate change, the Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity (ECS) describes the change in surface temperature after a doubling of the atmospheric CO 2 concentration. Climate models from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) show a wide range in ECS. Emergent constraints are a technique to reduce uncertainties in ECS with observational data. Emergent constraints developed with data from CMIP phase 5 show reduced skill and higher ECS ranges when applied to CMIP6 data.

The Cryosphere

Brief communication: Heterogenous thinning and subglacial lake activity on Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet has long been considered geometrically prone to collapse, and Thwaites Glacier, the largest glacier in the Amundsen Sea, is likely in the early stages of disintegration. Using observations of Thwaites Glacier velocity and elevation change, we show that the transport of ~2 km 3 of water beneath Thwaites Glacier has only a small and transient effect on glacier speed relative to ongoing thinning driven by ocean melt.

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