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Imaggeo on Mondays: Wadis in a war zone

Imaggeo on Mondays: Wadis in a war zone

The range of challenges scientists face when carrying out Earth science research in the field are vast. However, the story behind Vincent Felde’s, a PhD candidate at Giessen University, image of the wadi, is truly remarkable and highlights how geoscientific research is not limited by borders or conflict. Wadi Nizzana (the Arabic term used to describe valleys that remain dry except during times of ...[Read More]

GeoLog

When Astronomy Gets Closer to Home: Why space weather outreach is important and how to give it impact

When Astronomy Gets Closer to Home: Why space weather outreach is important and how to give it impact

When the public think about natural hazards, space weather is not the first thing to come to mind. Yet, though uncommon, extreme space weather events can have an economic impact similar to that of large floods or earthquakes. Although there have been efforts across various sectors of society to communicate this topic, many people are still quite confused about it, having only a limited understandi ...[Read More]

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Geodesy

“I have a friend, and she is a geodesist”, a tiny review for a tiny book

“I have a friend, and she is a geodesist”, a tiny review for a tiny book

Recently, I came across a tiny (10 x 10cm) book called “Ich hab eine Freundin, die ist Geodätin” (“I have a friend, and she is a geodesist”), by Sylvia Schuster with drawings by Dorothea Tust. Virtually all of my colleagues were quite sentimental about this since it was published as a so-called ‘Pixi-book’. And Pixi-books, as I learned, are the de facto story books in Germany to explai ...[Read More]

GeoLog

GeoTalk: Nick Dunstone, an outstanding young scientist

GeoTalk: Nick Dunstone, an outstanding young scientist

 Nick Dunstone, the winner of a 2014 EGU Division Outstanding Young Scientists Award, who studies the Earth’s climate and atmosphere, including how they are impacted by natural variation and anthropogenic emissions talks to Bárbara Ferreira, the EGU Media and Communications Manager, in this edition of GeoTalk. This interview was first published in our quarterly newsletter, GeoQ. First, could you i ...[Read More]

GeoLog

Imaggeo on Mondays: A single beam in the dancing night lights

Imaggeo on Mondays: A single beam in the dancing night lights

Research takes Earth scientists to the four corners of globe. So, if you happen to have a keen interest in photography and find yourself doing research at high latitudes, chances are you’ll get lucky and photograph the dancing night lights: aurora (or northern lights), arguably one of the planet’s most breath taking natural phenomenon. That is exactly the position Matias Takala, a researcher at th ...[Read More]

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Geomorphology

Active groups in Geomorphology around Europe

When setting up the first ideas for this blog Jan, Lucy and I started to research different national groups of geomorphologists from around Europe. Lucy came up with 13 contacts to groups in Europe and some were happy to write some short notes about their great work national and partly international. To give you a small impression, some contacts and visions please see the following posts by the It ...[Read More]

GeoLog

Townhall and Splinter Meetings at EGU 2015

Townhall and Splinter Meetings at EGU 2015

In addition to the wealth of scientific sessions at the General Assembly (12–17 April 2015), there is also the option to attend other meetings during EGU 2015. These include Townhall and Splinter Meetings, which are organised by conference participants.  Townhall Meetings Townhall Meetings are meetings open for all participants in the conference. During these meetings new initiatives or decisions ...[Read More]

GeoLog

Connecting Earth scientists and school students – Apply to take part in I’m a Geoscientist!

Connecting Earth scientists and school students – Apply to take part in I’m a Geoscientist!

What and when Imagine a talent show where contestants get voted off depending on their skills in their area of choice. Then imagine that this talent show is populated by scientists with school students voting them off based on the scientist’s ability to communicate their research well. This is the basis of a recent EGU educational initiative that launched earlier in 2014, and that will return in 2 ...[Read More]

Geology for Global Development

Guest Blog: Water of Life Project – Safe Drinking Water in Burkina Faso

Guest Blog: Water of Life Project – Safe Drinking Water in Burkina Faso

Christopher Barry was the winner of our Blog Competition in 2012, with this article on safe drinking water in Burkina Faso. Christopher was privileged to be able to visit Burkina Faso prior to writing this, a very rural country where a great number of people are dependent on drilled wells with hand pumps for clean water. In Ouagadougou he met Mark Collier, where they talked at length about hydroge ...[Read More]

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Cryospheric Sciences

My drone summer – Johnny Ryan

My drone summer – Johnny Ryan

In the summer of 2014, our group at Aberystwyth University and the University of Cambridge decided to pursue an ambitious but exciting field campaign in West Greenland. The aim was to survey Store Glacier once a day using a fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) (see photo above for a view from the UAV on its way back from a mission with Store Glacier, West Greenland in the background). The UAV ...[Read More]

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