A deep dive into sea ice
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Issue 104, August 2023
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A deep dive into sea ice

Latest on the Amsterdam-sized Petermann Glacier, Marine Ice Sheet Instability (MISI) and more!

This month’s newsletter takes a special look at sea ice events and phenomena contributing to the big picture changes we’re seeing around the world. Glaciologist Romain Millan discusses the significance of the 251 km2 chunk of ice which broke off Greenland’s Petermann Glacier thirteen years ago.

And Ann-Sofie Zinck, researcher of Antarctic ice shelves, explains why breakaways of parts of ice shelves do not equal sea level rise. “When a glacier shifts from being grounded (resting on bedrock/sea floor) to a floating ice shelf is when the sea level contribution takes place.”

For those who watched the 2019 historical drama series Chernobyl, EGU Policy Manager Chloe Hill reflects on science advice and its challenging role in policy engagement as depicted in this show.

On that note, if you’re looking for some real-world experience in science-for-policy, apply now to EGU’s open call for the 2023 Science-Policy Pairing Scheme to work alongside Members of Parliament (MEPs) for up to a week!

Science Policy

GeoPolicy: Reflecting on science advice as shown in the 2019 Chernobyl series

The TV show Chernobyl dramatises one of the worst nuclear accidents in history and the challenges faced by one of the lead scientists involved in communicating scientific evidence to key decision-makers.

This month’s GeoPolicy blog, outlines key #SciPol principles from the series that researchers can incorporate into their own policy engagement.

Credit: HBO poster advertising the Chernobyl series. © Home Box Office, Inc.

Science for Policy newsletter

This month’s #Science4Policy newsletter highlights science for policy updates, resources and opportunities including the EuroScience Policy Forum, Science activism: Going beyond informing policy and society, and the 2023 Science for Policy in Europe Conference.

If you would like to inform others about a policy-related initiative or opportunity through the EGU’s Science for Policy Newsletter, please forward the details to the EGU’s Policy Manager, Chloe Hill via policy@egu.eu.

Journal Watch

“Fuel sulfur regulations were implemented for ships in 2020 to improve air quality but may also accelerate global warming. We use spatial statistics and satellite retrievals to detect changes in the size of cloud droplets and … our results confirm both that the regulations are being followed and that they are having a warming influence via their effect on clouds.”

Diamond, 2023, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics


August EGU journal highlights


Last call to apply for EGU’s Policy Pairing scheme!

EGU will sponsor two scientists to work with Members of European Parliament (MEP) for up to a week, as part of our efforts to foster strong science-policy partnerships. This year’s pairing will be with MEPs Martin Hojsík and Petros Kokkalis. Apply by 15 September 2023.

Resource of the month

Vanishing Glaciers with Harry Zekollari

What is triggering the loss of glaciers, how will glacier loss impact communities, and can we expect an ice-free future as climate change intensifies? Find out from glaciologist Harry Zekollari in this free EGUwebinar on YouTube.

Upcoming Dates

EGU mentoring workshops

Are you looking to improve your skills in mentorship? Apply to our upcoming Mentoring Workshops! Deadline is tomorrow, 1 September.

Hands-on engagement and activities with the Glasgow Science Center

Employ modern theories of learning to hook people into their science and use practical resources to bring research to life. Apply by 4 September!

EGU Science for Policy hangout

Virtually mingle with those working at the science-policy interface and get involved in upcoming science for policy opportunities! Join us at 14:00 CEST on 4 September 2023.

EGUwebinar: What the media wants to hear from you

Journalist Ananyo Bhattacharya discusses the kinds of science stories the media want to cover and how scientists can help. Join us at 14:00 CEST on 20 September.

EGU Blogs

Hidden Ice of the Greater Caucasus

Cryospheric Sciences Division blog

What is an Impact Factor and why does it matter to me?

Geolog, the Union’s official blog

Revisiting the roots of minerals’ names: A journey to mineral etymology

Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology Division blog

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