Natural Hazards in the news: flooding in western Europe, meet the Natural Hazards Division ECS Rep Valeria Cigala, how the Olympics has more geology than you expect and submit your session proposal for EGU22.
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Issue 79, July 2021
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Natural hazards make the news in Europe and around the world

The complex interdisciplinarity of modern natural hazards

This month, media outlets around the world were once again gripped with dramatic images and stories of wildfires, flooding, landslides and other natural hazards. In Western Europe deadly flooding swept through parts of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, and EGU’s Division Presidents worked together to explain why interdisciplinary events can be so difficult to manage. As EGU President Helen Glaves said in the article “We are seeing an increasing frequency and intensity of these extreme events that is triggered by our rapidly changing climate. We as a society must ensure we are better prepared to respond to these crises, and take strong and positive actions to mitigate their impacts.”

We also were introduced to one of the next generation of Natural Hazard researchers as EGU Committee Programmes Co-ordinator Simon Clark spoke with Natural Hazards Division ECS Representative Valeria Cigala about her research and plans for working with Early Career Researchers in EGU. As Valeria says “[It’s important to] work hard towards solutions to build resilient societies that can cohabit well with the [hazardous] phenomena around us.” If you want to learn more about current research in Natural Hazards, there is still time to register for free for the 2021 AOGS/EGU Joint Conference on New Dimensions for Natural Hazards in Asia, being held online 20-22 September. Find out more here.

On a lighter note, the end of July also saw the delayed start of the Tokyo Olympics, and as guest blogger Aoife Glass explained, there is a lot more geology in the Olympics than you would think, especially with the introduction of new sports such as climbing and mountain biking! Find out more in her blog post here!

Science Policy

GeoPolicy blog: what can we learn about climate change from the pandemic?

The experience of the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on people’s lives all around the world, but what lessons can we learn from it when thinking about how we can combat climate change? In this month’s GeoPolicy blog, EGU’s Policy Officer Chloe Hill reflects on the key messages from the vEGU21 Union Symposia, which asked this very question. Featuring insights from a group of speakers with varied backgrounds, this session challenged the way we approach ideas about communication, policy, business and research funding.

Read more!

Credit: Hung Vuong Pham (Source)

US3: A Climate and Ecological Emergency: Can a pandemic help save us…?

If you want to watch the full recording of the Union Symposia discussed in this month’s GeoPolicy blog, it is now available to be watched in full, for free, on our YouTube channel. Watch now!

Journal Watch

“…this innovative, cost-effective technology can be used to monitor boulders in hazard-prone sites by identifying the onset of potentially hazardous movement in real time and may thus establish the basis for early warning systems…”

Dini et al. 2021, Earth Surface Dynamics


July EGU journal highlights


We are currently seeking a new Events Co-ordinator to support EGU’s future plans for online and in-person events. Qualified applicants should submit an application here by 16 August 2021.

Resource of the month

vEGU21 Great Debate 1

The first of vEGU21’s Great Debates and Union Symposia to be uploaded to our YouTube Channel is the popular GDB1 ‘Challenging discrimination in the geosciences: amplifying unheard voices’ which took a piercing and honest look at discrimination in geoscience. Watch now!

Upcoming Dates

Submit an EGU22 Session Proposal!

Information about the EGU General Assembly 2022 provisional format is now available and the call for sessions is open. Deadline for session submissions is Monday 6 September 2021, more details here!

EGU seeks proposals for the development of science communication workshops!

EGU’s Outreach Committee is seeking proposals for the delivery of new online workshops in science communication, outreach or public engagement, by experienced trainers. To bid for a workshop submit your application with a budget up to €5000 by Monday 16 August 2021. More information here!

Air Pollution webinar with Craig Poku

Learn about how air pollution continues to be a serious threat to human health, despite our awareness of the risk for decades in this special webinar with Craig Poku, atmospheric scientist at the University of York on 25 August 2021 at 13.00CEST, register now, here!

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