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List of press conferences
- Monday, 08 April
- Tuesday, 09 April
- Beyond EPICA: The quest for a 1.5 million year ice core (PC2, 09:00)
- Latest research on plastic pollution (PC3, 10:30)
- Monitoring the Earth from space: new findings (PC4, 13:00)
- The 2018 heatwave and new research on European climate (PC5, 14:00)
- New hazards research: Anak Krakatau, glacial lakes and giant quakes (PC8, 15:00)
- Wednesday, 10 April
- Marks of the Anthropocene: past, present and future (PC6, 09:00)
- ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter first results (PC7, 11:00)
PC1 – Health risks: air pollution, emerging viruses, malaria mosquitoes
Monday, 08 April, 14:00 (Stream)
Climate change and increasing air and water pollution bring new health risks to human populations. In this press conference, journalists will hear about new findings on the impacts of air pollution on human health and premature mortality for different age ranges and different diseases in Europe. Another team will present new results on how the future distribution of Anopheles mosquitoes may increase malaria risk in some European countries. In another presentation, journalists will hear about new research in slums in sub Saharan Africa that found emerging virus communities in groundwater.
PhD Student, Department of Physics, University of Murcia, Spain
Associate Professor, Institute of Geography, University of Augsburg, Germany
Jan Willem Foppen
Associate Professor of Hydrology, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, the Netherlands
PC2 – Beyond EPICA: The quest for a 1.5 million year ice core
Tuesday, 09 April, 09:00 (Stream)
An ideal location has been found for drilling an ice core which goes as far back in Earth’s history as possible. Internationally leading ice and climate scientists of 14 institutions from ten European countries have been searching for this spot in Antarctica in the project Beyond EPICA – Oldest Ice funded by the European Commission. They are going to report on their Antarctic field campaigns that led to the choice of the drill site and give an outlook for the next step to recover an ice core. This ‘oldest ice’ would allow to improve our understanding of past processes in the climate system over the last 1.5 million years and improve prognoses for the future.
Coordinator Beyond EPICA - Oldest Ice (BE-OI) Coordination and Support Action, Alfred Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Bremerhaven, Germany
BE-OI scientist, Institute for Geosciences and Environmental research (IGE), Grenoble, France
Coordinator Beyond EPICA – Oldest Ice Core (Beyond EPICA), Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy and Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes (IDPA–CNR), Venice, Italy
BE-OIC scientist, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy
PC3 – Latest research on plastic pollution
Tuesday, 09 April, 10:30 (Stream)
Plastic is everywhere. This durable and widely used material is a persistent pollutant that contaminates rivers, can damage marine life and enter the food chain. In this press conference, researchers will present the first evidence of the occurrence of microplastic in a terrestrial glacier environment and the first global overview of microplastic distributions in rivers, lakes and estuaries. Moving from the land to the sea, we will hear about the latest global simulations of dispersion and accumulation of plastic in the oceans, including results of a 3D model of plastic distribution in the ocean waters. We will also hear about how marine plastic debris can be used to improve our understanding of ocean currents.
Roberto Sergio Azzoni
Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of Milan, Italy
Professor of Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
PhD Student, Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences Group, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Erik van Sebille
Associate Professor in Oceanography and Climate Change at the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, Department of Physics, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
PC4 – Monitoring the Earth from space: new findings
Tuesday, 09 April, 13:00 (Stream)
Technology advances now allow us to see the Earth from space in unprecedented detail and scientists are increasingly using satellite data to help us learn about our planet. At a presentation in this press conference, journalists will hear preliminary findings from work that used satellite data from the Landsat archive to reconstruct 35 years of forest mortality for all of continental Europe. A team from Italy will report on new techniques to monitor ground deformation of active volcanoes from space, using Copernicus Sentinel-1 data, while a UK team will report on their method to detect marine litter using data from the Sentinel-2 satellite. In a final presentation, we will hear the first results from the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM), a suite of instruments on the International Space Station observing flashes of gamma-rays and lightning into the stratosphere powered by thunderstorms.
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria
Researcher, Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment, National Research Council of Italy (IREA-CNR), Naples, Italy
Earth Observation Scientist, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK
Principal Investigator of the ASIM Mission and Chief Consultant, Technical University of Denmark, National Space Institute/DTU Space, Kgs Lyngby, Denmark
PC5 – The 2018 heatwave and new research on European climate
Tuesday, 09 April, 14:00 (Stream)
The 2018 heatwave in North America, Europe and Asia saw extreme temperatures that caused loss of life, severe wildfires, and damage to infrastructures. A presentation in this press conference will look into the role human-induced climate change played in causing this record-breaking heatwave. Zooming in on Europe, another presentation will outline the key results from the European State of the Climate 2018 report. Following this, scientists will reveal striking new findings on the future evolution of Alpine glaciers and present new research on past and future snow conditions in Europe. Changing focus and looking into the European past, a final presentation will show what research into past climate conditions and construction activity can tell us about disease, famine and war in Europe from 1250 to 1699.
Martha Marie Vogel
Researcher, Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Senior Scientist at the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, Reading UK
Researcher, Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW), ETH Zurich, Switzerland; Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Birmensdorf, Switzerland; Department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
Senior Scientist, Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss, Zurich, Switzerland
Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist
Researcher, Department of History and Bolin Centre for Climate Research, Stockholm University, Sweden
PC8 – New hazards research: Anak Krakatau, glacial lakes and giant quakes
Tuesday, 09 April, 15:00 (Stream)
On 22 December 2018, a deadly tsunami struck Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, after activity at Anak Krakatau caused a piece of the western flank of the volcano to collapse to the sea. In this press conference, journalists will hear about new findings on this devastating eruption tsunami. In another presentation, reporters will learn about new research into giant earthquakes, a hazard able to affect large areas. They will find out about the largest quakes to have occurred on our planet, what caused them, and how frequent they may be. Finally, reporters will hear about an often poorly understood hazard in a presentation that will provide the first assessment of glacial lake outburst flood risk across the entire Tibetan Plateau and will identify glacial lakes that pose more of a threat to human settlements.
Marine Geologist, British Geological Survey, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Postdoctoral Researcher, Complex Systems Group, Centre de Recerca Matemàtica, Bellaterra (Barcelona), Spain
Researcher, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland
PC6 – Marks of the Anthropocene: past, present and future
Wednesday, 10 April, 09:00 (Stream)
Many scientists argue we are living in the Anthropocene, a geological epoch shaped by human actions. In this press conference, journalists will hear about marks human activities have left, and continue to leave, on our planet. In one presentation, reporters will find out about a new 3D model of anthropogenic sediments under the city of Vienna, dating back up to more than 2,000 years ago. In another presentation, researchers will show evidence of elevated levels of radionuclides (fallout from Chernobyl and nuclear weapons testing) in glaciers across the globe. Another team will show how pesticides sprayed in crops are leaving residues in honey bees, pollen and beeswax. Finally, journalists will hear about how climate change and the urban heat island effect may leave the urban poor more exposed to deadly heat in major cities worldwide.
PhD Student, Department of Geodynamics and Sedimentology, University of Vienna, Austria
Lecturer in Physical Geography, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom
PhD Student, Environmental and Food Safety Research Group of the University of Valencia, Desertification Research Centre (CIDE, UV-GV-CSIC), Moncada (Valencia), Spain
Institute for Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (ILaUP), Technical University of Berlin, Germany
PC7 – ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter first results
Wednesday, 10 April, 11:00 (Stream)
The joint ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, TGO, began its main science mission at Mars at the end of April 2018. The instrument teams will report on their first few months of data analysis.
Ann Carine Vandaele
NOMAD principal investigator, Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy
European Space Agency TGO project scientist
FREND principal investigator, Space Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
ACS principal investigator, Space Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
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Journalists may also find it helpful to look through our list of sessions of media interest, selected by the EGU Media and Communications Manager Bárbara Ferreira. The majority of these sessions features one or more abstracts considered for, or featured in, press conferences. Please get in touch with Bárbara (firstname.lastname@example.org) for story ideas.
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