The age of the mountain glaciers is over? Learn about the future of mountain glaciers with Harry Zekollari, meet an ECS Cryosphere Division blogger, Larissa van der Laan, and submit your abstract to EGU22!
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Issue 84, December 2021
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The life and death of mountain glaciers

What does the future hold for these critically important formations?

Mountain glaciers are not only beautiful and inspiring landscape formations, but critically important water resources and foundations of cultural practices all around the world. This month EGU’s Committee Programmes Co-ordinator Simon Clark spoke with glaciologist Harry Zekollari about the multi-faceted role that glaciers play in our world, from their obvious place as vital water resources, to the interactions they can have with natural hazards, and their critical role in the economies of many regions. You can watch the full webinar here.

We also heard from Cryospheric Sciences Division Early Career Scientist blogger Larissa van der Laan about her work as a glaciologist and science artist, about why it’s important to keep studying the way that glaciers change and adapt as our climate changes. “When we can say with confidence how glaciers formerly responded to certain shifts in climate, this knowledge can be applied to the prediction of glacier states under future climate scenarios,” she explained. “The situations we might have to prepare for, we haven’t yet seen in our lifetime, but we can imagine and predict them from the past.”

Finally, as it’s the festive winter season here in Europe, you might be looking for gifts for that special geoscientist in your life, so don’t forget to pop in on EGU’s Top 5 gifts for geoscientists (2021 edition)! and find that perfect geo themed present, as recommended by the staff in the EGU Office!

We wish you all a wonderful end to 2021, however you are celebrating, and look forward to seeing you all in the new year!

Science Policy

GeoPolicy blog: The European Science-Media Hub, bringing scientists, journalists and policymakers together.

The European Science-Media Hub works with scientists, journalists and policymakers to better communicate sound science, but how much about them do you know? On this month’s GeoPolicy blog EGU Policy Manager Chloe Hill speak with Theo Karapiperis and Svetla Tanova about science policy communication and the ‘infodemic’.

December’s Science for Policy Newsletter

2021 may be drawing to a close, but if you are still looking for your next science for policy activity there is still time for you or your institution to influence European science policy! In this month’s Science for Policy Newsletter find out about the EU’s Knowledge Centre for Biodiversity and current open calls.

Journal Watch

“Glacier detachments combine elements of surging, in which the glacier adjusts its geometry to satisfy the force balance, with those of ice break-offs from steeper glaciers, in which the glacier is not able to adjust in a steady way.”

Kääb et al 2021, The Cryosphere


December EGU journal highlights


EGU22 Update: hybrid meeting still planned!

EGU still intends for the General Assembly in April to be a hybrid event. For updates check the EGU website or the conference website,

Resource of the month

Digitalk: online (geo)science communication webinar

Ever wanted to more effectively share your research online? Join several of our ECS members as they share their top tips and tricks on our YouTube channel today! Watch now!

Upcoming Dates

Vote for the EGU Division blog post of the year!

All year our Division bloggers write hundreds of excellent blogs covering everything from life as a scientist to new research and discoveries, but now it’s your turn to chose your favourite! Don’t forget to vote for your blog post of the year by 20 January 2022. Vote here!

EDI Group seeks a new Eastern European member!

To ensure good representation of our members from Eastern Europe the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Group is looking for a new member! Apply by 31 January 2022, more information here.

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