vEGU21: Gather Online Thursday, 29 April 2021

Highlights at a glance

  • 09:00 – NH1.6: Atmospheric Electricity, Thunderstorms, Lightning and their effects
  • 11:00 – DM6: Division meeting for Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE)
  • 11:00 – SSP3.5: Bedform morphodynamics on Earth and in extra-terrestrial environments: current understanding of a complex interplay
  • 12:00 – NET5: ERE – all division members
  • 12:30 – NET30: ESSI – all division members
  • 13:30 – DM9: Division meeting for Geodynamics (GD)
  • 13:30 – GM1.1: Frontiers in Geomorphology – Earth surface interactions, couplings and feedbacks
  • 14:15 – HS10.3: General organising principles and optimality in ecohydrological systems
  • 17:30 – NET2: Rhyme Your Research
  • 18:00 – NET18: PS – ECS event
  • 18:00 – NET21: SSSECS event
Credit: Andrew Elvidge via Imaggeo
Credit: Andrew Elvidge via Imaggeo

Dynamics of the atmospheric circulation in past, present and future climates

The large-scale atmospheric circulation strongly influences Earth’s climate, both locally and globally, via its transport of energy, moisture, and momentum. While our ability to simulate the global circulation is improving, large model biases and uncertainties in climate change projections persist. Advancing our knowledge of the underlying dynamics is therefore crucial for reliable climate projections and for correctly interpreting palaeoclimate records.

The objective of this session is to advance our mechanistic understanding of atmospheric circulation changes and to analyse their impacts at global and regional scales, specifically on precipitation in past, present, and future climates. Topics will include theoretical, observational and modelling of tropical (ITCZ, monsoons, Hadley & Walker circulations, MJO) and extratropical circulations (jet streams, storm tracks, blocking).

CL4.19: 14:15–17:00

Credit: Picture A Scientist
Credit: Picture A Scientist

‘Picture A Scientist’ screening extended!

Due to popular request, and as a thank you to all vEGU21 participants for their patience earlier this week, EGU has arranged for a second screening window of ‘Picture A Scientist’! EGU President Helen Glaves, EGU Programme Committee Chair Peter van der Beek, and Claudia Jesus-Rydin, chair of EGU’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group, are pleased to pair the additional screening with the release of the recording of Monday’s Great Debate, Challenging discrimination in the geosciences: amplifying unheard voices, which vEGU21 meeting attendees can now view when logged in to the meeting platform. The new screening window will begin at 9:00 CEST on Thursday, 29 April and extend until 9:00 CEST on Sunday, 2 May.

NET0: 9:00 CEST Thurs. 29 Apr – 9:00 CEST Sun. 2 May

Credit: NASA-JPL
Credit: NASA-JPL

Geodesy for Climate Research

This session intends to showcase climate-related studies that have made use of geodetic observations, techniques, and data, including altimetry, gravimetry (CHAMP, GRACE, GOCE and GRACE-FO), navigation satellite systems (GNSS and DORIS) or remote sensing techniques that are based on both passive (e.g., optical and multi/hyperspectral) and active (i.e., SAR) instruments. The session adheres to the ideas of the recently established Inter-Commission Committee on “Geodesy for Climate Research” (ICCC) of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), which aims to encourage collaborations between the climate and geodetic communities.

G3.1: 9:00–10:30

Credit: Glenn Strypsteen
Credit: Glenn Strypsteen

Tides in the past, present, and future

Tides impact many Earth system processes such as ocean mixing, global ocean circulation, ice sheet dynamics, and biogeochemical processes. This session will focus on all aspects of tides in the ocean, atmosphere, and solid Earth. Topics include progress in numerical modelling of surface and internal tides and assessments of their accuracy, observations of long-term changes in tides and tidal processes on global to regional scales, insights on tidal variability from global geodetic observing techniques, and research into how tides shape Earth’s evolutionary processes. We will also discuss tidal dynamics in estuaries, rivers, and lakes.

OS4.1: 11:45–15:00

Credit: USGS
Credit: USGS

Late-Breaking Session: The December 2020 earthquake sequence in Petrinja, Croatia, and its seismotectonic and geodynamic environments

This late-breaking session will discuss seismological, geodetical, or geological observations related to the 29 December 2020 (Mw 6.4) Petrinja, Croatia, earthquake sequence; its surface effects on human and natural environment in terms of shaking and faulting; the ongoing seismic sequence; and insights on the regional faults, their historical seismicity, or recent geological activity. The shock was the strongest event in continental Europe since the Norcia sequence (Italy) in 2016 and was caused by the rupture of a NW-SE dextral strike-slip fault at the boundary between the Dinarides and the Pannonian basin.

TS4.0: 15:30–17:00

Volcano-glacier interactions: Arctic, Antarctic, and globally

This session will bring together scientists from volcanology, glaciology, seismology, geodesy, hydrology, geomorphology and atmospheric science for a broad discussion on volcano-glacier interactions. Topics include how to address mitigation of the hazards associated with ice-covered volcanoes in the Arctic, Antarctic, and globally; research that improves our understanding of signals generated by ice-covered volcanoes; and studies of volcanic impacts on glaciers and vice versa.

GMPV9.4: 11:45–12:30

Underground research

What possibilities do underground facilities, laboratories, test sites, and research and educational mines hold for researchers, businesses, and other stakeholders? This session will showcase underground research and present the multidisciplinary ways many underground laboratories and test sites are used for science, engineering, and even for business.

GI5.1: 11:00–11:45

Award Lectures

  • 15:00MAL10 GD Divison Outstanding ECS Award Lecture 2020: Tobias Keller
  • 15:20MAL10 Augustus Love Medal Lecture 2020: Harro Schmeling
  • 16:00MAL10 Divison Outstanding ECS Award Lecture 2021: Mark Hoggard
  • 16:20MAL10 Augustus Love Medal Lecture 2021: Irina M. Artemieva

MAL10: 15:00 –17:00


  • 18:00MAL12 Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal Lecture 2020: Tom Coulthard
  • 18:50MAL12 Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal Lecture 2021: Joanna Bullard

MAL12: 18:00 –20:00

Short Courses

  • 09:00 – SC5.1: Data Visualization in Earth Science
  • 09:00 – SC4.13: Application of age models in palaeoclimatology and geomorphology
  • 10:00 – SC4.4: Foundations and Perspectives of Geoethics for Earth, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences – In memoriam of Jan Boon
  • 10:00 – SC4.14: An interdisciplinary approach to Forecasting and Early Warning Systems
  • 14:30 – SC4.3: Seismology 101
  • 14:30 – SC5.2: Satellite image processing using Python programming
  • 16:00 – SC4.6: Solving differential equations in parallel with Julia
  • 16:00 – SC5.8: Spatio-temporal trend analysis of spatial climate data (temperature and rainfall) using Python

EGU21 virtual exhibition extended!

To give vEGU21 attendees more time to explore the virtual exhibition, where you can visit our sibling societies, major publishing companie,s and popular returning exhibitors like NASA and the Data Help Desk, the virtual exhibition has been extended to Friday 30 April! Remember to stop by the EGU booth to learn more about our year-round activities and to get your downloadable EDI colouring book.

EGU would like your feedback!

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Credit: Nick Webb via Imaggeo
Credit: Nick Webb via Imaggeo

Advances in Solar Irradiance and Earth Radiation Budget Measurements

Solar irradiance is the key energy input to Earth. Both the Total Solar Irradiance (TSI) and the Top of the Atmosphere (ToA) Outgoing Radiation (TOR) need to be measured with unprecedented accuracy and precision to determine the Earth Energy Imbalance (EEI), which affects global warming. The measurements needed to determine EEI have not been sufficiently accurate. This calls for improved instrument technologies and a traceable calibration chain of the space instrumentation. This session will discuss both the measurement of solar irradiance as well as the Earth outgoing radiation, which will pave the way to determine EEI from space.

ST4.1: 11:45–12:30

Advances in Earthquake Forecasting and Model Testing

This session will showcase advances in the science of earthquake forecasting and model testing. These can include: new approaches for identifying precursory activity (e.g. b-value variations, aseismic slip transients); forecasts based on empirical machine-learning or physical stress-transfer algorithms; applications of models to earthquake sequences around the globe; advances in model evaluation techniques; or contributions to software tools for model developers.

SM7.1 13:30–14:15

Credit: Szabolcs Harangi via Imaggeo
Credit: Szabolcs Harangi via Imaggeo

EGU Photo Competition

We received many impressive entries for the 2021 competition! You can find the ten finalists, and vote online for the winners, by Thursday 29 Apr at 18:00 CEST. Winners will be announced on Friday on and in the last issue of EGU Today.

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escalting geosciences.jpg

Meet vEGU21 Artist (not!) in Residence Andy Emery!

In addition to the latest Earth, planetary, and space science research, vEGU21 is also featuring the contributions of four talented artists, who are sharing their artwork via social media (using the hashtag #EGUart). One, Andy Emery (@AndyDoggerBank) is a Scottish-based geologist, geophysicist, climber, and creative writer working for Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions. A specialist in reconstructing past landscapes, Emery uses poetic prose to help communicate the latest research to other geoscientists and the public to help them understand why the work that geoscientists do is so important for addressing societal challenges.


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