Imaggeo on Mondays: littoral rainforests

Littoral rainforests

Seagull lunch. Credit: Alicia Morugán (distributed via

Making room for growing populations, and the resources they demand, comes at the cost of precious natural environments. Rainforests, globally, are under threat from farming, logging and ever expanding cities. It is reported that if current rates of exploitation continue, the world’s rainforests could be lost within the next century.

Like almost anything else, rainforests come in all shapes and sizes. Typically, rainforests are depicted as lush, jungle-like concentrations of tall trees characterised by heavy rainfalls. But, perhaps unexpectedly, stretches of the coastline in eastern Australian are also peppered by rainforest. Because of their proximity to the ocean, these closed-canopy forests – where  approximately 70% of the sky obscured by tree leaves and limbs – are known as littoral rainforests.

Much like their equatorial cousins, Australian littoral rainforests are under threat. Large swathes of forest have been destroyed for/by agriculture, animal browsing/grazing, fire, mining or housing. Invasive species and weeds pose a particular danger to the forests too.

Today’s featured image was taken from “The Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve, a protected nature reserve located in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. The 221-hectare (550-acre) reserve is situated near Brunswick Heads and contains an intact segment of littoral rainforest,” writes Alicia Morugán, author of the photograph.

The reserve is home to many critically endangered rainforest plants that are either at the southern limit of their distribution or not found in many other places in New South Wales, as well as many threatened animal species. Current conservation efforts center around monitoring to identify key threats to the precious ecosystems, as well as protecting known sites.


If you pre-register for the 2017 General Assembly (Vienna, 22 – 28 April), you can take part in our annual photo competition! From 1 February up until 1 March, every participant pre-registered for the General Assembly can submit up three original photos and one moving image related to the Earth, planetary, and space sciences in competition for free registration to next year’s General Assembly!  These can include fantastic field photos, a stunning shot of your favourite thin section, what you’ve captured out on holiday or under the electron microscope – if it’s geoscientific, it fits the bill. Find out more about how to take part at


AGU Fall Meeting 2016: Come meet the EGU!

AGU Fall Meeting 2016: Come meet the EGU!

Are you attending the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco next week (12th-16th December?) If so come and visit the EGU booth! You’ll find us in the Exhibition Hall in Booth 1231, just opposite the Recharge Lounge (top right of the exhibition hall). You can find us on the map of the exhibition hall online.

In attendance will be the EGU’s Executive Secretary (Philippe) and the Communications Officer (Laura).  Stop by and speak to them about becoming a member of the Union, the upcoming General Assembly in Vienna and all our other initiatives.  Right next door to us, in booth number 1229, you’ll find our publishers and conference organisers, They’ll be able to answer your questions about publishing in our open access journals and much more!

As well as being at the booth, Laura will be taking part in a number of sessions during the Fall Meeting. If you are interested in learning more about how to use social media as an academic, or have questions about how to divulge the work of your research group or institute using social media platforms, come along to the  Communicating Your Science: Ask the Experts round-table discussion. From 10:30am to 12:30pm on Wednesday, Laura will be taking questions on all things social media.

If blogging if more your thing, then the Blogging and Social Media Forums on Wednesday afternoon (101: 2:00 to 3:00 pm / 202: 3:00 to 4:00 pm) are for you. In the first part of the forum Laura will be talking about the nuts & bolts of blogging (particularly with WordPress). From 3pm onwards a panel of bloggers, including Laura, will discuss the future trends in science blogging & social media.

Don’t forget that many of the EGU Division presidents, officers and early career scientists (ECS) representatives will be in attendance at the Fall Meeting; feel free to reach out to them to discuss Division specific initiatives. Laura is also the ECS point of contact at the EGU Office, so drop by the booth if you have questions about ECS activates at EGU.

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco next week!


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