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Warming in the north continues as predicted

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 7:57pm

Just outside my window here at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, workers are drilling into the asphalt of a parking lot using a truck-mounted rig. They twist a hollow bit 25 feet into the ground and pull up hard, clear evidence of why the blacktop is sinking.

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Friday fold: Connemara Marble, Ireland

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 9:06am

Another guest Friday fold (keep ’em coming, folks!) – This time from Eric Pyle of James Madison University: This is a weathered outcrop of the Connemara Marble in western Ireland, about a meter wide. Thanks for sharing, Eric!

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How can we make hydrogeology free from plagiarism? Reflections five years after a documented case of plagiarism in the hydrologic sciences

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 8:32am

Tom Gleeson and Matt Currell Plagiarism is a clear contradiction of scientific values and practice. Although no universal definition of plagiarism exists, a useful working definition is the wrongful appropriation, stealing and publication of another author’s language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions and the representation of them as one’s own original work (wikipedia). Plagiarism in our digital world can be too easy – although journals have stepped up on electronically detecting …

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A remarkable debris flow video from Ladakh

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 3:07am

A remarkable video has been posted to Youtube showing a debris flow at Nubra in Ladakh, northern India. The debris flow might have been associated with a glacier event such as a GLOF

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#Mets Unite to Share An Image Worth a Thousand Words

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:56pm

  When Climate Scientist Ed Hawkins in the UK shared one of is unique images a few weeks back, it got a lot of attention from my fellow meteorologists. It’s a simple image based on real science, the data it is based on has been independently confirmed by multiple groups of scientists. I’m talking groups like NASA, NOAA, and researchers at the Uni. California at Berkeley in addition to the Hadley …

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2018 Fall Meeting: What Science Stands For

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 1:31pm

By Lauren Parr, Vice President, Meetings Paying tribute to the achievements of the past is a critical part of understanding the possibilities of the future, and there is certainly no better place to do that than at AGU’s Fall Meeting. The Fall Meeting has long been a place where ideas and concepts that will change the course of science come to light, so it’s particularly appropriate that this year’s meeting …

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How the Cryosphere Sciences Section Will Celebrate 100 Years of AGU

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 9:10am

AGU’s Centennial is just around the corner, officially kicking off at the 2018 Fall Meeting in Washington, D. C., and running through the 2019 Fall Meeting in San Francisco, Calif. I look forward to a celebration marked by a variety of elements that will highlight the talents and drive of both our scientific sections and our membership. The Centennial offers us the opportunity for a coast-to-coast celebration of scientific achievement. …

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AGU Centennial is a time for outreach

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 8:23am

AGU is turning 100 and we want everyone to be a part of it!

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Hidroituango: Renewed movement suggests a landslide of up to 200,000 cubic metres may occur soon

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 1:59am

A new evacuation of workers has been ordered at the Hidroituango dam site in Colombia in light of a potential landslide of up to 200,000 cubic metres in the next few days. The integrity of the dam is not considered to be threatened.

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Sols 2088-2089: A Dusty Day on Mars

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 8:00pm

Over the past week or so, Curiosity has experienced increasingly dusty conditions in Gale crater. Unlike her older cousin Opportunity on the other side of the planet, Curiosity is not solar powered...

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You are About to See This Image Everywhere

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 7:26pm

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, people will notice it. When you make one about science, I can assure you that meteorologists who work in TV will definitely notice because there are few things we value more than an image that can tell a story well.  Enter Ed Hawkins, a climate scientist at the University of Reading in the UK. Ed has made some cool visuals before, but when …

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Combating Drought and Desertification to Preserve Human Health

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 9:59am

On June 17, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will observe its World Day to Combat Drought and Desertification. The devastating impacts of drought and desertification on people are highlighted this year, as the UNCCD has made the linkages between desertification and human migration its annual theme. As noted by the UN[i], one billion of the world’s poorest, most vulnerable people in over one hundred countries are at risk, …

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Predictively Speaking: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 9:50am

Today’s post is written by David Trossman, Research Associate, University of Texas-Austin’s Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences Subtle environmental changes in the distant and not-so-distant past have contributed to civilization collapse, war, and uprooted lives. What, then, will be the human consequences of future changes on our planet? Looking to the past can provide lessons. Looking to the future through predictions can help us anticipate what risks may materialize …

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Seeing the World With New Eyes

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 3:23am

I want to share with you the kind of satellite imagery forecasters like me are using on a daily basis now, and show you how incredible it is. Thanks to GOES-R we are seeing things we never saw before, but one type of imagery, in particular, is my new favorite. So much so, that I have a running loop up every day on the monitors in our forecast center. It takes some explaining though, …

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Sol 2087: Slippery slope

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 8:00pm

Curiosity pulled away from the 'Duluth' site yesterday, but given the blocky nature of the 'Blunts Point' member and the sand in between those blocks, she did not get far.

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Bridging Communities: The First Centennial Project

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 2:34pm

During the last century, discoveries in Earth and space science have changed society’s understanding of the world around us and improved economic security and public health and safety around the globe. And looking to the future, science can help society address the challenges – and take advantage of the opportunities – it faces. So, it’s no surprise that, in 2012, the AGU Council came together in Washington, D.C. to discuss …

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On creativity in science

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:36am

By Bonnie McGill. This is a cross-posting of a post originally found on her blog, AGua. Until eleventh grade I had no inclination to be a scientist. Zero. I was going to be a graphic artist. Magazines, fonts, photographs, and layouts were my thing. The secret scientist in me was awoken in an eleventh grade environmental science class (thank you, Mr. Betts). At the time, I thought I was putting …

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100 Years of AGU: Our Building Legacy

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 9:16am

By Janice Lachance, Executive Vice President of Strategic and Operational Excellence Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally shared on AGU’s building blog.  While AGU will formally kick off our Centennial in December of this year, we are building excitement this week by sharing information on the many programs Centennial will touch during our 2019 celebration. AGU’s building renovation project is one of those. Our existing headquarters was built in …

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Exploring Fronts with Multiple Robots: Wrapping Up Video

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 9:01am

Check out the impressive accomplishments – and learn why they matter well  beyond the field of robotics – from the #OceanRobotsTeam in our expedition wrap up video.

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Mars: a landslide triggered by a small meteoroid impact

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 1:50am

The University of Arizona has released HiRISE imagery from Mars showing a 1 km long landslide triggered by a meteoroid impact about ten years ago

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