Insights from ecosystems under threat: New model for early landslide detection, the role of humans in grassland ecosystems, and the emergence of new seasons.
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Insights from ecosystems under threat

Early landslide detection, the role of humans in grassland ecosystems, and emergence of new seasons

Ecosystem conservation was in the spotlight this month, with the International Day for Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem. Researchers from Northwestern University have now found that burned land areas cause water to flow much faster and in greater volume compared to unburned land. They developed a physics-based numerical model to predict areas susceptible to landslides, which will enable evacuation in vulnerable areas before it’s too late.

Savanna conservationist Abraham Dabengwa spoke to us of his work in grassland and savanna biomes where fires, large herbivores, and humans are involved in the development and maintenance of these ecosystems in Africa and beyond. “Many people find it difficult to reconcile the fact that indigenous people and herbivores shaped present ecosystems, especially as the prevailing narrative is that people are bad for the environment. These backward and unreflective ideas in ecology, conservation, and science marginalises indigenous communities and harm ecosystems they aim to protect,” he explained in EGU’s Geotalk blog.

Lastly, among the many studies that investigate the changes in seasons, scientists are now looking at the emergence of whole new seasons – created by anthropogenic effects on our planet. The ‘haze season’ is being increasingly discussed in Indonesia and Malaysia, and mainly attributed to peat burning. This has led to trans-boundary disputes between nations as the haze drifts across the region, affecting the health and wellbeing of millions of people.

Science Policy

GeoPolicy: Competencies for researchers to achieve policy impact

This month’s GeoPolicy blog features the Competence Framework ‘Science for Policy’ for researchers developed by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC). This newly developed framework introduces the different competences scientists can collectively build to increase their policy impact, and how it can be used by research institutions and organisations.

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Science for Policy newsletter

July’s Science for Policy newsletter highlights opportunities to connect with policymakers and those working on the science-policy interface. Find out about our 2022 Science-Policy Pairing Scheme, virtual science-policy networking opportunities with the JRC and EGU, and Frontiers Policy Labs’ personal insights from distinguished policymakers.

Journal Watch

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“Our results show that river systems in Switzerland (and likely all of the Alps and the adjacent regions) will undergo substantial changes in the near future in terms of both water temperature and water availability.”

Michel et al, 2022 Hydrology and Earth System Sciences


July EGU journal highlights


Apply to EGU’s Policy Pairing scheme and spend a week in Brussels with an MEP!

To promote evidence-based policymaking and encourage stronger science-policy partnerships, EGU will sponsor a scientist to work alongside a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for one week in November 2022. This year’s pairing is with Norbert Lins. Find out more and apply here.

Resource of the month

Improving Access to Geoanalytical Research Data

The (geo)science community produces data at an increasing level of precision and volume, but also variability. Watch our free EGUwebinar to learn about the challenges and opportunities – discussed in debate-style.

Upcoming Dates

EGU Science for Policy Hangout

Join us at 16:30 CEST on 1 September to know how researchers can effectively engage with policymaking, get the scoop on upcoming science for policy opportunities, and virtually mingle in a relaxed, informal environment. Click here to know more and join the meeting.

Nominations for ESA-EGU Award for Earth Observation Excellence

The European Space Agency (ESA) and European Geosciences Union (EGU) announce the latest edition of the ESA-EGU Earth Observation Excellence Award. Nominations open from 7 September until 7 December 2022.

Apply for EGU funding for training schools and conference series

Looking for specialist training opportunities or dialogue within research communities? EGU invites funding proposals to run a conference in our Conference Series’ or a training school in topics connected to the Earth, planetary and space sciences. Submit your proposals by 15 September 2022.

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