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EGU GA 2010 Around the Blogosphere

Here’s a quick round-up of coverage of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2010 from around the blogosphere (the usual disclaimer that these are not views of the EGU, more letting people know what’s out there).

From the EGU GA 2010 Blog Roll, Dave Pettley blogged about several landslide related sessions, including the Sergei Soloviev Medal lecture by Dave Keefer. Musing’s of a Life Long Scholar covers talks and has a comparison of the EGU GA and AGU Fall Meeting. Felipe Rosas covered sessions along with some points of interest around Vienna. The YES Network Blog (YES=Young Earth Scientist) contains reflections that the YES Network were involved in. The Environmental Research Web Blog picked up on newsworthy items such as the Iceland eruption and monitoring Artic Sea Ice.

From those not on the Blog Roll, Alistair McKinstry’s Aon Scéal blog talked about sessions of interest to him. James Annan of James’ Empty Blog mentions how although he’s not at the EGU GA 2010, he can access more of it online than before.

Do you know of a mention of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2010 on a blog that isn’t included above? If so let Jennifer Holden know, or post it in the comments.

JAH

US7 Eyjafjallajökull – eruption, plume, and consequences

In the context of recent airspace closures the poster session for US7 Eyjafjallajökull – eruption, plume, and consequences was held on Wednesday 5th May at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly. Poster topics included effects of the ash cloud (including impact on air quality of the airspace closure), monitoring information, whether Spain could be a transport hub for Europe (based on paleo-ash records) and investigating ash particles that fell to the ground.

There are still oral sessions and splinter meetings associated with the special Union Session on Thursday at the EGU GA 2010.

Geosciences and Web 2.0 at EGU GA 2010

The Educational and Outreach Symposia at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2010 cover a variety of topics. Several include examples of best practice. Virtual conferences and observatories are covered in ST6/EOS9 as described in the below guest blog from Sini Merikallio of the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

Thursday in Room 29, 10:30-12:00 in ST6/EOS9 Best practices in Education and Outreach contains a talk from a distinguished journalist who will be sharing his experience with scientists. Other talks include virtual conferences and online data repositories.

Tähdet ja Avaruus (‘Stars and Space’) is the most popular astro-magazine in the Nordic countries as measured by the number of subscribers. The Editor in Chief of the magazine, Marko Pekkola, has revolutionized the magazine and during his era the relative amount of astronomy hobbyists in the general public in Finland has increased to
become one of the world’s highest. Mr. Pekkola is invited to the session to reveal how this has been accomplished. The magazine has also witnessed numerous cases of both good and bad science popularizing, and Mr. Pekkola will also be sharing his educative
summary of these experiences.

Virtual conferences and remote accessing and representation of data are currently becoming crucial in the scientific community as well as among the general public. Dr. Victoria Pearson will talk about virtual conferencing techniques in enhancing remote public engagement. A special talk about building of a virtual observatory is also arranged: Dr. Mikko Syrjäsuo will present GAIA: an open access online virtual
observatory for accessing auroral data. Thanks to GAIA, anyone will be able to easily access high-quality data in order to work from their offices, home couches or from the classroom.

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