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Science Communication and Policy Events at Fall Meeting

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 1:00pm

By Shane M Hanlon and Brittany Webster In a world where most people cannot name a living scientist and science has been increasingly politicized, it’s important for scientists to be able to connect their science with society. This year at Fall Meeting, AGU is excited to have spaces dedicated to both science communication and outreach, as well as science policy, that will help you connect science to general non-scientists, journalists, …

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Welcome to D.C. for #AGU2018

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 8:19am

A summary of resources to learn about the geology of Washington, D.C. and the surrounding region, in anticipation of AGU's Fall Meeting being held in the nation's capital city.

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The Guazi landslide: an interesting ancient landslide reactivated by a hydroelectric power scheme in China

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 2:56am

The Guazi landslide: an interesting ancient landslide reactivated by a hydroelectric power scheme in China, as described in the journal Landslides

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Guest Post: First Timer’s Guide to the AGU Fall Meeting

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 12:03pm

What started as a tweet became a community guide for (not just) first-timers attending the AGU Fall Meeting. Check out the compilation by Laura Haynes, PhD candidate at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

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Wintertime Arctic Sea Ice Growth Slows Long-term Decline: NASA

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:06am

New NASA research has found that increases in the rate at which Arctic sea ice grows in the winter may have partially slowed down the decline of the Arctic sea ice cover. As temperatures in the Arctic have warmed at double the pace of the rest of the planet, the expanse of frozen seawater that blankets the Arctic Ocean and neighboring seas has shrunk and thinned over the past three decades. The end-of-summer Arctic sea ice extent has almost halved since the early 1980s. A recent NASA study found that since 1958, the Arctic sea ice cover has lost on average around two-thirds of its thickness and now 70 percent of the sea ice cap is made of seasonal ice, or ice that forms and melts within a single year. But at the same time that sea ice is vanishing quicker than it has ever been observed in the satellite record, it is also thickening at a faster rate during winter.

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Scientists find causes of firenado in deadly Carr Fire

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 9:26am

Climate, weather set the stage for uncontrollable inferno in Redding, California.

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Sol 2252-2253: The Hunt for Red Jura

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 7:00pm

Even though they looked promising from a few meters away, this morning's workspace images showed us that the red Jura rocks we had hoped to drill are too fractured to drill safely.

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Professional conferences as accessible conferences

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 12:05pm

What I appreciate about Gabi's article is that she expands upon the topic of making conferences accessible, emphasizing that she is only providing an introduction to the many ways that conference organizers and each of us individually can work towards making the AGU Fall Meeting a more inclusive and effective professional and personal experience for all.

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Conservation of our lobo, the Mexican gray wolf

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 11:39am

Last Tuesday, a crew of 11 dedicated students left Albuquerque before the sun was even hinting at its return to the sky to help conserve one of the most endangered subspecies of wolves in the world: our lobo, the Mexican gray wolf.

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World Soil Day Celebrates Earth’s Life-Supporting Resource

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 9:50am

By Dorothy Merritts, Professor, Department of Earth and Environment, Franklin and Marshall College In 2014, while attending a National Science Foundation (NSF) workshop on infrastructure for Earth surface processes research at the Field Museum in Chicago, my colleague, Laurel Larsen, and I toured the museum’s “Underground Adventure” exhibit. The exhibit encouraged us to imagine shrinking to a size smaller than a penny to examine soil from a new perspective, and …

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Malibu: Planet Labs images of the first round of mudflows

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 9:28pm

Malibu - Planet Labs have captured remarkable before and after SkySat images of the first round of mudflows following the recent wildfires

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Presidential Citation to Be Presented in Recognition of Bipartisan Science Policy Leadership

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 6:05pm

As mentioned in our previous post to the community, in recognition of their bipartisan leadership in advancing Earth and space science policy, AGU is awarding the Presidential Citation for Science and Society to Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI). We asked both Senators to share with us what receiving the award means to them. Senator Gardner said: “It is a true honor to receive the American Geophysical Union’s …

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Why Those Snow Forecasts Online are Likely Wrong

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 5:50pm

I go weak in the knees when I see a science info-graphic that explains something really well in one picture. The image above from the NWS Kansas City is a really good one about long-range weather forecasts. Many forecasters in the Mid-Atlantic region and the Midwest are dealing with a possible winter storm beginning this weekend. We cannot say much more than that right now,  and it’s tough to explain to the public …

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Volunteer Today through AGU’s Online Community

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 1:37pm

By Chris McEntee, Executive Director/CEO, AGU and Margaret Leinen, AGU Past President and Leadership Development/Governance Committee Chair When AGU Connect launched a little over a year ago, our goal was to provide an online community for Earth and space scientists to engage in discussions and build connections. Today, we’re very pleased to announce an exciting new feature: Volunteer Central. This easy-to-use tool is intended to make volunteering with AGU even easier. Volunteer …

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San Quintin Glacier High Calving Rate Observations in 2018

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 12:44pm

San Quintin Glacier in 4-16-2017 Sentinel image, red dots indicate terminus location then. Yellow dots the terminus location  on 11-10-2018. San Quintin Glacier in 3-20-2018 Sentinel image, pink dots indicate terminus position.  San Quintin Glacier in 11-10-2018 Sentinel image. Yellow dots the terminus location  on 11-10-2018, pink dots from 3-30-2018 and red dots from 4-16-2017.  San Quintin is the largest glacier of the NPI at 790 km2 in .  The glacier …

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Science, Advocacy, and the Law at the Fall Meeting

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 10:54am

Editor’s Note: The following guest blog is written by Rebecca Fowler, Communications Director of the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund. A growing number of geoscientists are engaging in advocacy and activism, and realizing that legal literacy is essential when science is in political crosshairs. Several offerings at the Fall Meeting will arm scientists with the knowledge they need to safely and effectively speak up for science in various settings. These include …

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Sol 2250-2251: Grey today, red tomorrow!

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 7:00pm

It is just a few sols since we drilled, yet sand has drifted in and parts of the drill fines have blown away. We were once more reminded, just how active Mars is!

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Inspire the Next Generation of Earth and Space Scientists: Support the Austin Endowment for Student Travel

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 3:28pm

A new year is just around the corner. And with it comes the promise of new beginnings and opportunities for personal and professional growth. 2019 is also AGU’s Centennial year – a time for our community to celebrate the scientific advances made in Earth and space science over the past 100 years.  For me, the advent of Centennial leads me to consider how we can make sure that our science …

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Think “Slack” for research groups and the AGU Fall Meeting

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:00am

Imagine if you will 37 scientists and science communicators scattered throughout the LUMCON facility, all working on individual science storytelling projects. How could our host site keep up communication with everyone scattered across the labs and in the field? ... For me, the use of Slack was a home run for the OCEANDOTCOMM workshop. It can be the same for the AGU Fall Meeting.

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Tell a story, sing a song, & learn some stuff at AGU18!

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 8:30am

AGU18 is...next week! Wow, that happened fast. We have a full slate of amazing science communication, policy, and outreach events planned for the entire week of the meeting!

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