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Division on Earth Magnetism & Rock Physics
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Division on Earth Magnetism & Rock Physics

President: Angelo De Santis (emrp@egu.eu)
Deputy President: Pedro F. Silva (pmfsilva@fc.ul.pt)
Deputy President: Sergio Vinciguerra (sergiocarmelo.vinciguerra@unito.it)

The Earth is a dynamical planet: its interiors’ electro-magnetism and physical properties contribute to this exciting property of our planet. The Earth Magnetism & Rock Physics (EMRP) Division addresses the experimental, theoretical and modeling approaches of fundamental solid-Earth and magneto-hydrodynamic processes that extend from the Earth’s surface to the core. A continuous demand for a better understanding of the magneto-hydrodynamic and physical processes responsible for the Earth’s magnetic field spatial and temporal variability is required. Theoretical and experimental aspects of rock physics, environmental magnetism, magnetic anomalies and plate tectonic reconstructions, magnetic polarity reversals, petrophysical assessment throughout physical, mechanical and magnetic properties, electrical conductivity and transport properties of the Earth’s crust and mantle are some of the key topics of research of our ‘living planet’ to which this division is dedicated.

The division awards the Louis Néel and the Petrus Peregrinus medals for outstanding contributions to geomagnetism, palaeomagnetism and rock physics.

In line with EGU and the other divisions, EMRP is actively trying to engage with early career scientists (ECS). The ECS representative of EMRP division is working with the other divisions ECS representatives to improve visibility of ECS concerns, as well as, help out with any ECS related issues (e.g. first attendance at EGU General Assembly and how to organize sessions). Check out the ECS section for more information (http://www.egu.eu/ecs/) or contact directly the ECS representative of EMRP division (see at http://www.egu.eu/emrp/structure/).

Recent awardees

Harry W. Green II

Harry W. Green II

  • 2018
  • Louis Néel Medal

The 2018 Louis Néel Medal is awarded to Harry W. Green II for his seminal contributions to the mechanism of deep-focus earthquakes, rock rheology, mantle dynamics and the dramatic improvement of a solid pressure-medium apparatus.


Mioara Mandea

Mioara Mandea

  • 2018
  • Petrus Peregrinus Medal

The 2018 Petrus Peregrinus Medal is awarded to Mioara Mandea for defining the nature of the geomagnetic field, particularly abrupt changes in secular variation known as geomagnetic jerks, and for advancing observatory and satellite data collection and analysis.


Marco M. Scuderi

Marco M. Scuderi

  • 2018
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award

The 2018 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award is awarded to Marco M. Scuderi for his exceptional seminal contributions to our understanding of fault mechanics and earthquake physics via important fundamental advances and high-quality papers on a broad range of problems on rock physics.


Christopher J. Spiers

Christopher J. Spiers

  • 2017
  • Louis Néel Medal

The 2017 Louis Néel Medal is awarded to Christopher J. Spiers for outstanding contributions to the quantitative understanding of long-term creep and frictional properties of rocks undergoing solution-precipitation processes.


John A. Tarduno

John A. Tarduno

  • 2017
  • Petrus Peregrinus Medal

The 2017 Petrus Peregrinus Medal is awarded to John A. Tarduno in recognition of the creative and innovative character of his research, including his seminal studies on the evolution of the early Earth’s magnetic field.


Marie Violay

Marie Violay

  • 2017
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award

The 2017 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award is awarded to Marie Violay for her outstanding research in the field of experimental rock physics and novel understanding of the role of fluids in fault mechanics and in geothermal systems.


Tao Huang

Tao Huang

  • 2017
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2017 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Tao Huang Statistical study of field-aligned currents and and equivalent currents based on Swarm constellation

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

With the EGU General Assembly just over a week away, we have a number of updates on the meeting, happening in Vienna from 8–13 April. Our conference organiser Copernicus has launched a great mobile app, and we recently announced a number of measures to reduce the environmental impact of the conference, from encouraging people to travel by train to introducing an option for participants to offset their carbon footprint. On the EGU blog, GeoLog, you can find posts about the city of Vienna, and a selection of Union-wide events, short courses and policy activities at the EGU General Assembly. For students taking part in the Outstanding Student Poster and PICO, there are also some tips from the judges on how to prepare a poster or PICO presentation.

This month, we have also announced that we are accepting nominations for EGU awards and medals. We encourage the EGU membership to consider gender, geographical and cultural balance when nominating outstanding Earth, planetary and space scientists at various career stages.

Last but not the least, we have also announced that we are launching two new publications at the 2018 General Assembly: a journal, Geoscience Communication, and a compilation, the Encyclopedia of Geosciences. Find these and many other EGU updates below.

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