EGU22 General Assembly Thursday, 26 May 2022

Highlights at a glance

  • 08:30 – Scientific visualisation: Visualise your data effectively and avoid common pitfalls SC3.5 Room -2.85/86; Using R in Hydrology SC5.12 Room -2.61/62; Late-breaking session: The 15 January 2022 Hunga Tonga Volcanic Eruption – Observation, Understanding and Impact of large explosive volcanic eruptions ITS3.6/SM1.2/AS4/GMPV10/NH/OS4 Presentations/ Room N1
  • 10:20 – Seismology 101 SC4.5 Room -2.85/86
  • 13:20 – ‘The Leadership’ Film Screening NET1: Room E1;Open science beyond open-access publications: how can we share our code and data? SC3.13 Room -2.85/86
  • 15.10 – Changing the Faces of Leadership within the Geosciences and beyond US1: Room E1; How to Publish and Review in Bio- and Geoscience: Ask the Editors SC3.12 Room -2.85/86; Geoscience and health during the Covid-19 pandemic ITS3.5/NP3.1/AS4/BG8/CL3.2/ESSI4/GI1/NH8 Presentations/ Room N1; Early Earth: Dynamics, Geology, Chemistry and Life in the Archean Earth GD4.1/BG5/GMPV3/PS10 Presentations: Room -2.91
  • 17.00 – Meet the Experts: The Future of Solar–Terrestrial Sciences SC4.12 Room -2.61/62; Remote Sensing of Seasonal Snow HS6.4/CR2 Presentations/ Room 2.31; Hydrology and Earth System Science: research, services or policy? GDB5: Room E1
'The Leadership' by Ili Baré
'The Leadership' by Ili Baré

‘The Leadership’ Film Screening

“The world is crying out for a new model of leadership, but what is it?” One woman thinks she has the answer. Australian CEO and ‘dreamer’ Fabian Dattner, leads an international group of 76 female scientists on an Antarctic voyage designed to transform them “into the sort of leaders they want to be.” Her hope is that once these women are primed to lead in science, they will be able to make meaningful change around the world. But on board Dattner’s own leadership style and philosophy are both severely tested, as the women’s deeply personal stories of workplace harassment and more are revealed. Set against the planet’s last untouched wilderness, The Leadership delivers an altogether unexpected and original reflection on what it takes to be a good leader, while unearthing the profoundly troubling systemic obstacles to women’s advancement in science and beyond.

This special screening of the Leadership film has been organsied by the EDI Committee of EGU and is paired with today’s Union Symposia 1 ‘Changing the Faces of Leadership within the Geosciences. If you cannot join us onsite for the screening, you can stream it online by following the link in the session description.

NET1: 13:20–41:50 (CEST) Room E1

Medal lectures

  • Milutin Milankovic Medal Lecture by Hai Cheng (MAL23 08:30–08:40 (CEST) Room 0.14)
  • Hans Oeschger Medal Lecture by Doug Smith (MAL14 15:20–15:30 (CEST) Room 0.14)
  • Henry Darcy Medal Lecture by Wouter Buytaert ‘Local solutions for global water security’ (MAL15 19:00–20:00 (CEST) Room B)
  • Jean Baptiste Lamarck Medal Lecture by Elisabetta Erba ‘Tiniest story-tellers of the largest ecosystem: calcareous nannofossils and the Mesozoic ocean’ (MAL17 19:00–20:00 (CEST) Room D2)
  • Louis Néel Medal Lecture by David A. Lockner ‘A Laboratory Perspective on Earthquake Nucleation’ (MAL21 19:00–20:00 (CEST) Room G1)
  • Philippe Duchaufour Medal Lecture by Mary K. Firestone ‘Belowground allocation and dynamics of recently fixed plant carbon in a California annual grassland’ (MAL24 19:00–20:00 (CEST) Room D3)
  • Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal Lecture by Paola Passalacqua ‘Towards sustainable landscapes: insights from the network and connectivity’ (MAL 19:00–20:00 (CEST) Room G2)
  • Vening Meinesz Medal Lecture by Peter J. G. Teunissen ‘Geodetic inference: a selection of some challenging topics’ (MAL20 19:00–20:00 (CEST) Room K2)

Short courses

  • Scientific visualisation: Visualise your data effectively and avoid common pitfalls SC3.5 08:30–10:00 (CEST) Room -2.85/86
  • Using R in Hydrology SC5.12 08:30–10:00 (CEST) Room -2.61/62
  • Seismology 101 SC4.5 10:20–11:50 (CEST) Room -2.85/86
  • Real world application of HEC RAS software to predict water surface elevation for a River SC5.13 10:20–11:50 (CEST) Room -2.61/62
  • How to write a review paper in Hydrology SC2.9 13:20–14:50 (CEST) Room -2.61/62
  • Open science beyond open-access publications: how can we share our code and data? SC3.13 13:20–14:50 (CEST) Room -2.85/86
  • Research, services and policy: exploring the role of the hydrologists SC2.8 15:10–16:40 (CEST) Room -2.61/62
  • How to Publish and Review in Bio- and Geoscience: Ask the Editors SC3.12 15:10–16:40 (CEST) Room -2.85/86
  • Application of age models in palaeoclimatology and geomorphology SC4.10 17:00–19:00 (CEST) Room -2.85/86
  • Meet the Experts: The Future of Solar–Terrestrial Sciences SC4.12 17:00–18:30 (CEST) Room -2.61/62

Late-breaking session: The 15 January 2022 Hunga Tonga Volcanic Eruption – Observation, Understanding and Impact of large explosive volcanic eruptions

The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai eruption was among the largest in recent decades, generating a convective column that rapidly ascended well into the stratosphere. This interdisciplinary late-breaking session features research from all disciplines involved in local and global observations of this eruption and its effects, including remote sensing observations and modelling as well as hazard assessment and estimation of damage and long-term consequences.

ITS3.6/SM1.2/AS4/GMPV10/NH/OS4 Presentations: 08:30–11:47 (CEST) Room N1

Changing the Faces of Leadership within the Geosciences and beyond

Immediately following the screening of ‘The Leadership’ this Union Symposia will reflect on the challenging and critical themes highlighted during the film, including exposing and exploring the power of networks, how they are created and how networks can help researchers progress in their professional careers. This Union Symposia will encourage all attendees to reflect at a personal level on their own networks and assess whether they are optimised for success. In addition it will raise awareness and stimulate a conversation about how we as a geoscience community augment and reinforce networks to inspire and retain underrepresented members of the geoscience community, thus bringing their voices into the ‘rooms’ where decisions on science and policy amongst other societal issues are currently taking place.

US1: 15:10–16:40 (CEST) Room E1

Remote Sensing of Seasonal Snow

Snow constitutes a freshwater resource for over a billion of people world-wide. This session focuses on studies linking the use of remote sensing of seasonal snow in hydrological applications: techniques and data from different technologies such as time-lapse imagery, laser scanners, radar, optical photography, thermal and hyperspectral technologies, or other new applications, to quantify and better understand snow characteristics and snow environmental effects.

HS6.4/CR2 Presentations: 17:00–18:27 (CEST) Room 2.31

Geoscience and health during the Covid-19 pandemic

This session tries to answer key questions about COVID-19 and share lessons from lockdowns, including how to get the best scientific results during a corona pandemic, how to manage field works, geophysical monitoring and planetary missions, and how to introduce qualitative improvements in epidemic modelling, with nonlinear, stochastic, and complex system science approaches.

ITS3.5/NP3.1/AS4/BG8/CL3.2/ESSI4/GI1/NH8 Presentations: 15:55–18:30 (CEST) Room N1

Early Earth: Dynamics, Geology, Chemistry and Life in the Archean Earth

Processes responsible for formation and development of the early Earth (> 2500Ma) are not well understood and strongly debated, reflecting in part the poorly preserved, altered, and incomplete nature of the geological record from this time. This session features presentations on new approaches and models for the development of Earth’s early crust and mantle and their methods of interaction to understand the genesis and evolution of continental crust and the stabilization of cratons.

GD4.1/BG5/GMPV3/PS10 Presentations: 15:55–18:17 (CEST) Room -2.91

The MacGyver session for innovative and/or self made tools to observe the geosphere

Share novel sensors, bring in your prototypes and unlock the latest in hydrology, plant physiology, seismology, remote sensing, and ecology, among others. This session introduces new sensor systems, innovative data storage or transmission solutions to send data from the field with LoRa, WIFI, GSM, and initiatives like that aid the creation and sharing of sensors, data acquisition and transmission systems.

HS1.2.1/BG2/CL5.2 Presentations: 13:20–14:50 (CEST) Room 3.29/30

Hydrology and Earth System Science: research, services or policy?

Despite being traditionally rooted in engineering, research progress in hydrology has lately benefited from the perspective shift towards Earth System (ES) Science. The IAHS Unsolved Problems in Hydrology (UPH) highlights the need for improved research collaboration across diverse systems, scales & processes of geosciences. However, translation of research into delivery of national hydrological & meteorological services remains low and ineffective. This Great Debate will discuss several issues related to these topics in order to catalyze the future evolution of hydrology in support of integrated (geo)science-practice-policy-education development.

GDB5: 17:00–18:30 (CEST) Room E1

Geoscience problems related to massive release of radioactive materials by nuclear accidents and other human activities

This session combines 35 years (> halftime of Cesium 137) monitoring data after the Chernobyl Accident in 1986, 10 years dense measurement data by the most advanced instrumentation after the Fukushima Accident in 2011, and other events, to improve our knowledgebase on the environmental behaviour of radioactive material, its environmental and biological impact.

GI2.3/AS4/BG1/ERE1/ESSI4/GM12/NH8/OS4/SSS7 Presentations: 08:30–11:05 (CEST) Room 0.51

ESA Living Planet Symposium 2022

New Space & Commercialisation in EO
The exponential growth of the commercial dimension touches all space sectors, with a strong push on the EO commercial market. While still largely relying on government funding and investments, commercialisation is progressing rapidly.The panel will focus on the entrepreneurial journey of leading actors in the New Space ecosystem, the challenges and the lesson learned as well as the present and future role of ESA in the scaling up of the business.

EO National Missions, Strategy and Programmes
Representatives from various national space agencies present their current Earth observation programmes as well as their strategy for the future.

Living Planet Talks: The Earth Observation NewSpace ecosystem
Shaped to improve the public’s understanding of New Space, the Living Planet Talks will include a range of presentations and discussions on this multifaceted topic. The speakers will not only focus on new technology, but also on sustainability, policy, business, ethics and scientific aspects, with the overriding focus on new downstream applications and commercialisation possibilities thanks to the Earth observation space sector.

Watch New Space & Commercialisation in EO: 09.00-10.30 (CEST) live in Hall A

Watch EO National Missions, Strategy and Programmes: 13.30-15.15 (CEST) live in Hall A

Watch Living Planet Talks: The Earth Observation NewSpace ecosystem: 17.00-19.00 (CEST) live in Hall A

JpGU at EGU22

JpGU2 High-Definition Topographic Data for Connectivity in the Anthropocene
Recent technical developments have enabled us to acquire high-definition topographic and geophysical data for geoscientific research, including land surface processes, subsurface structures, submarine/aerial environments, and geo-ecological interactions. Such high-definition or high-resolution data are particularly useful for studies on landscape developments in a relatively short-term (decadal to millennial time scales), which are often assessed with a concept of connectivity in spatial and temporal contexts. In this session, we expect submissions on topics challenging the issues of connectivity in the Anthropocene, the most recent geological era of the Earth affected by human activities. A range of topics would fit the session framework, including theoretical works, data acquisition, pre- and post-processing, extensive data preservation and archiving, statistical analysis, physical modeling, machine learning, and numerical simulation. The methodological approaches may include, but are not limited to, laser scanning (Lidar), photogrammetry (SfM), GNSS precise positioning, SAR interferometry, multi-beam sonar, ground-penetrating radar, geomagnetic/electromagnetic sensors, and multi/hyperspectral sensors, based on terrestrial (fixed or mobile), aerial (UAV or manned airborne), or satellite platforms.

Further details on the JpGU website

JpGU2 08:30–10:00 (CEST) in Hall X5


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