EGU22 General Assembly Friday, 27 May 2022

Highlights at a glance

  • 08:30 – Climate change is a code red for humanity: What does this mean for the earth science community? GDB5: Room E1; Improving statistical evaluations in the geosciences SC4.7; Room -2.85/86
  • 10:20 – Geodynamics 101: Numerical modelling SC4.6; Room -2.85/86
  • 13:20 – QuakeMigrate: an open-source software package for automatic earthquake detection and location SC5.16; Room -2.61/62
  • 15.10 – Modelling approaches for temperature-dependent processes in landslides SC5.17; Room -2.61/62

Closing message from the EGU President

After a mostly sunny week here in Vienna, another EGU General Assembly is coming to an end. Following two years of remote participation it was so wonderful to journey to Vienna and be with so many of you in person again this year during EGU’s first ever hybrid meeting! I was also delighted to see the commitment and engagement of our virtual participants, who almost equalled the number of onsite participants, and who engaged with our Virtual Conference Centre with positivity and imagination.

The open and constructive sharing of scientific ideas are fundamental for addressing the global challenges that society is facing in the coming century. It has been encouraging to see the number of sessions that provided solutions for, or discussed the opportunities provided by Open Science, Open Access publishing and our new pre-print repository EGUsphere. I also recognise the importance of fostering diversity in the geosciences, and have been very happy to see this subject being widely discussed, from the Union Symposia US4 ‘Scientific neo-colonialism: what is it and why should you care?’, the special screening of the film ‘The Leadership’ which examines the barriers that still obstruct women from accessing leadership roles in science, to the EDI Committee booth, which featured a range of events and hosts during the week.

I was particularly impressed by the range of events and activities undertaken by the Early Career Scientists who make up over 60% of our participants, both virtually and onsite, as they chaired sessions, organised pop-up networking events and co-ordinated short courses on subjects ranging across all 22 of our Division topics, and beyond!

In line with the bottom-up philosophy of EGU, we are continuously seeking new ideas. We want all members to feel empowered to be more and more involved in deciding the direction of our Union. Please contact your division president, or another Union officer or reach out to one of our Committees, and find out how you can help shape the future of EGU and your community.

We also want to hear your views about this year’s General Assembly so please take moment to complete our feedback survey

Helen Glaves, EGU President

Medal lecture

  • Arne Richter Award for Outstanding ECS Lecture by Chao Yue MAL4 13:55–14:05 (CEST) Room D2

Short Courses

  • Improving statistical evaluations in the geosciences (SC4.7 08:30–10:00 (CEST) Room -2.85/86)
  • Introduction to the MTEX toolbox for microstructural analysis of geomaterials (SC5.7 08:30–10:00 (CEST) Room -2.61/62)
  • Geodynamics 101: Numerical modelling (SC4.6 10:20–11:50 (CEST) Room -2.85/86)
  • Paleomagnetic data visualization and analysis tools (SC5.11 10:20–11:50 (CEST) Pre-recorded)
  • Thermodynamics and energetics of the oceans, atmosphere and climate (SC4.13 13:20–14:50 (CEST) Room -2.85/86)
  • QuakeMigrate: an open-source software package for automatic earthquake detection and location (SC5.16 13:20–14:50 (CEST) Room -2.61/62
  • gnssrefl: an open source GNSS reflections software package for measuring snow accumulation and water levels (SC5.5 15:10–16:40 (CEST) Room -2.85/86
  • Modelling approaches for temperature-dependent processes in landslides (SC5.17 15:10–16:40 (CEST) Room -2.61/62)
Photo by Vuong Pham (
Photo by Vuong Pham (

Climate change is a code red for humanity: What does this mean for the earth science community?

The IPCC’s sixth assessment report could not be clearer that climate change is both extreme and accelerating, that human activity is unequivocally to blame, that the impacts will be severe, and that we must act swiftly and dramatically, both collectively and as individuals. This Great Debate examines the role of the earth science community at this pivotal moment for human society and the overall health of our planet. An invited panel representing a broad cross-section of scientists, policy-makers and influencers will discuss what the role of earth scientists in this challenge, and asking if we have the skills, the agility and the resources we need.

GDB5: 08:30–10:00 (CEST) Room E1

Your thoughts about this year’s General Assembly…

“I wasn’t expecting EGU to be such a huge conference! I really like the Great Debates and the Medal Lectures, they were the key moments for me during the EGU.” – Dhruv Sehgal, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg (first-time attendee, onsite)

“#EGU22 is so inspiring. If I could do another PhD I would model socio-hydrology. I’d link hydrology, hydraulic, and Agent-Based Models together with game-based graphics, and watch cities change and adapt to flooding, policies, and society.” – Chris Skinner, University of Hull, UK (virtual attendee)

“Hybrid EGU are our new reality.” – Tinkara Tinta, National Institute of Biology, Solvenia (first-time attendee, onsite)

“Hybrid? I think it’s working fairly well, there are a couple of glitches but I think it’s inclusive enough for the digital participants. I wouldn’t mind coming one year on site and one year online; both have advantages” – Martina Stockhause, Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum, Germany (onsite attendee)

“The problem with EGU is, there’s just too much – it should be, like, a month, not a week to attend everything you want to see! But that’s not EGU ‘s fault, there’s too much good stuff going on!” – Martin Vodopivec, National Institute of Biology, Solvenia (onsite attendee)

Life as a Planetary Phenomenon

The biosphere and geology of a planet are intrinsically interlinked. Our Solar System is home to several planets and moons with potential habitable environments, and future missions will aim to determine if these ever had life or have life today. This session examines the interplay of biology, and more broadly, habitability, from a planetary perspective.

PS10.1/BG7 Presentations: 15:10–16:40 (CEST) Room E1

Open Session on the Magnetosphere

Aspects of the Earth’s magnetospheric physics are discussed in depth, including the magnetosphere and its boundary layers, magnetosheath, bow shock and foreshock as well as solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling. Discussions will include various aspects of magnetospheric observations, remote sensing of the magnetosphere’s processes, modelling and theoretical research.

ST2.4 Presentations: 09:15–11:50 (CEST), Room D2

Bedform morphodynamics in terrestrial and planetary environments

This session aims to highlight aspects of the complex interaction between flow, sediment transport, stratigraphy and bedforms in terrestrial and planetary environments. Will include the latest findings from theoretical, field, laboratory and numerical approaches related to bedforms found in aeolian, shallow and deep waters, glacial and planetary environments.

SSP3.8/GM2/OS2 Presentations / 10:20–11:50 (CEST), Room -2.32/33

Interactions between tectonics, climate and surface processes from mountain belts to basins

Although coupling between tectonics, climate and surface processes governs the dynamics of mountain belts and basin, the amplitude of these couplings and their impact on mountain building are less understood. This session highlights the use of geomorphic and/or sedimentary records to understand tectonic deformation, climate histories, and surface processes, and explores their interactions at a range of spatial and temporal scales.

GM9.1/SSP1/TS5 Presentations: 13:20–16:40 (CEST) Room K2

Short-term Earthquakes Forecast (StEF) and multi-parametric time-Dependent Assessment of Seismic Hazard (t-DASH)

In this session, researchers demonstrate the added value of introducing specific observations and/or data analysis methods within the t-DASH and StEF perspectives to support decision makers with updated seismic hazard scenarios. Studies based on long-term data analyses, including different conditions of seismic activity, are particularly highlighted.

NH4.1/ EMRP1/ESSI1/GI5/SM3 Presentations: 08:30–11:47 (CEST), Room M2

What to do in Vienna this weekend

  • Have coffee, Vienna style: experience the true delights of Viennese coffee at Cafe Prükel. Strong and delicious, and even better with a slice of your favourite cake, find out more.
  • Immerse yourself in Austrian artwork: experience the work of Gustav Klimt, one of Austria’s most famous painters, find out more.
  • Explore the city by bike: one of the best ways to see Vienna is by bike and there’s no shortage of great tours around the city. Better yet, hire your own and take a trip along the Danube, find out more.

Photo Competition winners

Check the EGU blog GeoLog today to find out who the winners of this year’s Imaggeo Photo Competition are! The winning photographs are also displayed in the EGU Booth in the Exhibition Hall (X5).

EGU23 General Assembly

The EGU conference is planning to return to Vienna in a year. Mark the dates (23–28 April 2023) in your calendar and, over the next few months, check for updates. And don’t forget to provide feedback on the 2022 conference to help us make the EGU23 General Assembly even better. See you next year!

ESA Living Planet Symposium 2022

LPS22 Highlights
Held on 23–27 May 2022 in Bonn, Germany, the Living Planet Symposium brings together scientists and researchers, as well as industry and users of Earth observation data, from all over the world to present and discuss the latest findings on Earth science and how satellite data support environmental research and action to combat the climate crisis. The symposium also focuses on emerging space technologies and the new opportunities emerging in the rapidly changing sector of Earth observation.

Watch LPS22 Highlights: 10.30-12.30 (CEST) live in Hall A

JpGU at EGU22

Volatiles in the Earth – from Surface to Deep Mantle
Volatiles play an important role in the dynamical and chemical processes in the Earth. The presence of volatiles drastically changes mineral stability and rheological behavior of the rocks, but although the significance of volatiles in the Earth’s evolution has been recognized, each of these processes is poorly constrained. This session will share the newest results in the field.

Further details on the JpGU website

JpGU2; 06:45–10:00 (CEST) in Hall X5


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