EGU events 2015

EGU is coming close and Lucy Clarke arranged some information on upcoming event and sessions interesting for Geomorphologists.

Award lectures:

There are a number of Award lectures not to be missed out on at EGU2015:

  • The Arthur Holmes Medal lecture will be given by Carlo Laj on “Our Magnetic Planet”,
  • Heather Viles is giving the Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal Lecture on “Boulders, biology and buildings: Why weathering is vital to geomorphology”,
  • and Ann Rowan is giving the Penck Lecture on “What can mountain glaciers tell us about climate change? Quantifying past and future discharge variations in the Southern Alps and Himalaya”

Workshops for Young Scientist in Geomorphology at EGU2015:
Session GM11.1 – Meet the Masters: Tues 14th April at 17.30 in room G2. In this session, a successful scientist with many years of experience will give a look back to give a personal perspective of their career. This year we are happy that Tony Brown, Professor in Physical Geography at the University of Southampton has agreed to partake. Tony’s research focuses on floodplain geomorphology and palaeohydrology, alluvial geoarchaeology, forensic palynology and human-environment relationships and, more recently, the Anthropocene. We will discuss how his decisions subsequently affected his career, what problems he had to face, and how research is affected by life and vice versa. His account of his life and work will be fascinating window to how a master scientist works, and there will be an opportunity for questions from the audience to get advice on how to succeed in an academic career.

Session GM11.2 – How to Write a Paper in Geomorphology: Wed 15th April at 17.30 in room G2. In this workshop a panel of Editors from well-known journals in geomorphology (Earth Surface Dynamics, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, and Geomorphology) will discuss the makings of a good scientific paper in geomorphology. Providing advice on how to structure a paper, the review process and how respond to reviewers comments, as well as common pitfalls that authors may encounter. There will also be time for questions from the audience. This workshop will provide a valuable insight into the publication process for Young Scientists.

Session GM11.3 – Quantitative interrogation of high resolution DTMs: Mon 13th April 15.30 in room G2. Digital elevation models (DEMs) are the foundation of many studies in geomorphology. Methods to quantitatively interrogate these data are thus one of the keys to understanding the processes that shape the Earth and their driving forces. River profiles in particular have attracted the attention of geomorphologists as their shape reflects the tectonic and climatic past. Extracting and analysing river profiles from DEMs, however, is challenged by noisy topographic data often affected by artifacts. In this workshop, we will explore various techniques to extract and analyse river profiles from DEMs to account for the problems associated with DEMs in high mountain landscapes. We will use TopoToolbox, a software written in MATLAB language for the analysis of DEMs (Schwanghart and Scherler, 2014) and go through the entire work flow including preprocessing a DEM and deriving and modifying river networks. Finally, we aim at calculating Chi-plots, a new technique to analyse bedrock river profiles and alternative to slope-area plots which is less sensitive to noisy topographic data (Perron and Royden, 2012).

Social events at EGU2015
There are also a number of social events for Young Scientists at EGU2015. The Opening Reception is being held between 18.30-21.00 on Sunday 12 April in Room Foyer E, there will be an area specifically designated for Young Scientists which will be clearly labeled at the event, and provide an opportunity to meet other young scientists attending the meeting. There will also be a Young Scientist Lounge available on the Red Level of the conference centre to take a break, grab a free coffee or soft drink and catch up with colleagues.

Like last year there will be also a social evening for Young Geomorphologists (and those that still feel young!) in the Mozartstube in the 15th district: Wed 15th April 19.30. One of Vienna top 10 recommended authentic night restaurants. We negotiated the beer pricec so please drop by and share in.

The EGU2015 mobile app is now available for iPhones and Android devices. Go to on your smartphone to download. If it is your first time attending the EGU, there is a handy guide that will give you all the information you need that can be found here.

Last but not least 2 new candidates are running to take over the Young Scientist Representative after April this year. You can look at their profiles here and vote for your favourite candidate at the Geomorphology Division Meeting at EGU 2015 (12.15 on Thursday 16 April in Room G2).

If you have any questions about the EGU, the 2015 Annual General meeting or general suggestions for the future then please get in touch by email or Twitter (@DrLucyClarke).

– Lucy  Clarke (Young Scientist Rep. for the EGU Geomorphology Division and Lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire, UK) –

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Sabine Kraushaar works as postdoc in the ENGAGE Group at the University of Vienna (Geomorphological Systems and Risk Research). Her research until now included soil erosion studies, geochemical sediment fingerprinting and sediment transport modelling in northern Jordan.

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