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GI Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems Division on Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems

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Division on Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems

Division on Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems

President: Francesco Soldovieri (
Deputy President: Pietro Tizzani (

Opposed to other divisions concentrating on specific fields of geosciences, this division intends to be a forum for developments in instrumentation, technology, methods and data handling used in any field of the various geosciences. By promoting the discussion between specialists from widely diverse fields, advances in instrumentation made in one field might be utilized in other areas also and encourage co-operation, thereby saving separate development work and making new approaches possible, which otherwise might still have to wait for years or even decades.

As nearly every other field of geosciences is related to one or the other instrumentation strategy, many of the GI-sessions are co-organized with sessions from other divisions. Potential contributors to any session are encouraged to evaluate the benefits of a multi-disciplinary discussion versus the specific interest of the own target group.

Recent awardees

R. Giles Harrison

R. Giles Harrison

  • 2021
  • Christiaan Huygens Medal

The 2021 Christiaan Huygens Medal is awarded to R. Giles Harrison for his outstanding achievements in the development of instruments and new techniques for the study of atmospheric electricity.

Roberto Pierdicca

Roberto Pierdicca

  • 2021
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award

The 2021 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award is awarded to Roberto Pierdicca for his contributions to the development of innovative methodologies that use augmented- and virtual-reality techniques to make cultural heritage digitally accessible and for environmental monitoring.

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

The August issue of The Loupe explores how existing energy resources inform climate change mitigation. Scientists from the Environmental Defense Fund find that while hydrogen is certainly part of the solution to get to net zero, this fuel of the future may not be as clean as we think. Researcher in energy transition under climate change Jarmo Kikstra discusses the delicate intersections between social and natural sciences, and on World Biofuels Day we look at commercially available biofuels around the world and some new ones under development.

Also in this issue: the EGU Biodiversity Task Force’s seven recommendations to the EU Nature Restoration Law which will now be amended and either passed or rejected by the European Parliament and The Council of the European Union. Finally, apply by 12 September to the EGU Policy Pairing scheme to spend a week in Brussels with a Member of the European Parliament (MEP).

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