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EGU 2020: Sharing Geoscience Online, NhET activities

EGU 2020: Sharing Geoscience Online, NhET activities

We are currently living uncertain times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we hope that you and your relatives are healthy and safe. 

As you may know by now, the physical EGU 2020 General Assembly was cancelled. To keep science in the front line, provide a discussion and sharing platform also at these times, it was replaced by the first interactive and digital EGU 2020: Sharing Geoscience Online event.

The Natural hazard Early career scientists Team (NhET) members are excited to participate in the event not only as attendees or display contributors but also as conveners of digital sessions and webinars. Most of the webinar streaming and live events will take place from the 4th to the 8th of May. However, displays of submitted abstracts may be already online and will be available for comments until the end of May 2020. We remind you that EGU 2020: Sharing Geoscience Online is open to everyone to attend, given that you register online beforehand for free.

As NhET, we are also organizing a Natural Hazard Division Early Career Scientists (ECS) Virtual Reception to allow networking among ECS. Networking is a special and important part of conferences, and we want to keep it as lively as possible also virtually. Details on the date, time and how to register will be available soon at this link.

Keep an eye on this blog post and on our Social Media channels as they will be updated accordingly.

Look out for our official hashtag: #shareEGU_NH 

Following, a list of the events NhET members have co-organized for the #shareEGU20 week.


Union Symposia

Union Symposia are brought online through videoconferencing.

US2 Geosciences and UN Sustainable Development Goals: pathways for the future

Conveners: Jonathan Rizzi, Nilay Dogulu, Gabriela Guimarães Nobre, Chiara Marchina, Giulia Roder

Join the online session Thu, 07 May, 10:45–12:30 CEST

The aim of this symposium is to highlight the role of Geosciences in supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and beyond.

Link to full description and list of speakers here.


Great Debate

Great Debates are brought online through videoconferencing.

GDB3 Cutting carbon in the geosciences: conference participation versus online streaming and fieldwork versus remote observations

Conveners: Jenny Turton, Raffaele Albano, Anouk Beniest, Annegret Larsen, David Vaughan

Join the online session Mon, 04 May, 10:45–11:45 CEST

During this Great Debate, we will discuss two activities that currently contribute greatly to our carbon footprint: 1) conference attendance and 2) data acquisition through fieldwork.

Link to the full description here.


Short Courses

A selection of the original 90 sessions will be offered online during 2020 in the form of webinars and/or downloads of recorded material.

SC3.16 Science Blogging for Beginners  

Conveners: Clara Burgard, Valeria Cigala, Violaine Coulon, Elenora Van Rijsingen

In this short course, four EGU division blog editors will introduce you to the world of science blogging, share some do’s and don’ts, and most importantly: put you to work! 

Pre-recorded webinar Tue, 05 May, 12:30–14:15 – live text-based Q&A

Link to the full description here.


Scientific Sessions

Sessions encourage authors to upload and share their presentation materials and opt in to commenting from 1 April 2020 onwards. From 4 to 8 May 2020, during the week of EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online, each session hosts a live, text-based chat for community exchange and discussion on the presentations of that session. Instructions on how to use the chat at the following link: https://egu2020.eu/sharing_geoscience_online/how_to_use_the_chats.html

NH1.4 Hazard Risk Management in Agriculture and Agroecosystems

Co-organized by SSS9

Conveners: Ana Maria Tarquis, Anne Gobin, Stefanos Mystakidis, Jonathan Rizzi, Wenwu Zhao, Luigi Lombardo

Displays Live Chat Thu, 07 May, 08:30–10:15 CEST

The session offers a platform to exchange ideas and views on weather-related risks across these disciplines with the focus on quantifying the impact of extreme weather on agricultural production.

Link to the full description and list of displays here.


NH3.11 Towards reliable Landslide Early Warning Systems

Conveners: Luca Piciullo, Stefano Luigi Gariano, Helen Reeves, Samuele Segoni

Displays Live Chat: Tue, 05 May, 08:30–10:15 CEST

The session focuses on landslide early warning systems (LEWSs) at both regional and local scales. The session wishes to highlight operational approaches, original achievements and developments useful to operate reliable (efficient and effective) local and territorial LEWS.

Link to the full description and list of displays here.


NH3.12 Landslides and Soil Erosion in a Changing Climate: Analysis, Trends, Uncertainties and Adaptation Solutions

Co-organized by CL2/SSS2

Conveners: Guido Rianna, Stefano Luigi Gariano, Fausto Guzzetti, Alfredo Reder, Monia Santini

Displays Live Chat: Thu, 07 May, 10:45–12:30 CEST

The Session aims at presenting studies concerning ongoing to future landslide dynamics and soil erosion hazards across different geographical contexts and scales.

Link to the full description and list of displays here.


NH9.12 Methods and Tools for Natural Risk Management and Communications

Co-organized by GM2

Conveners: Raffaele Albano, Valeria Cigala, Emanuela Toto, Veronica Casartelli, Jonathan Rizzi

Displays Live Chat: Fri, 08 May, 10:45–12:3 CEST

The session aims at promoting new and innovative studies, experiences and models to improve risk management and communication about natural hazards to different end-users.

Link to the full description and list of displays here.


NH10.1 Multi-hazards: Innovative approaches for disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, management, and risk assessment of nuclear and other critical infrastructure

Conveners: Marleen de Ruiter,  Evelyne Foerster, James Daniell, Anais Couasnon, Hugo Winter, Varenya Kumar D. Mohan, Stefano Terzi, Aloïs Tilloy

Displays Live Chat: Tue, 05 May, 08:30–10:15 CEST

This session aims to profile a diverse range of multi-hazard risk and impact approaches, including hazard interactions, multi-vulnerability studies, and multi-hazard exposure characterization and approaches taken to assess multi-hazard risk to critical infrastructure.

Link to the full description and list of displays here.


ITS4.9/ESSI2.17 Spatio-temporal data science: theoretical advances and applications in computational geosciences

Co-organized by GM2/HS12/NH8/NP4/SSS12

Conveners: Federico Amato, Fabian Guignard, Luigi Lombardo, Marj Tonini

Displays Live Chat: Fri, 08 May, 16:15–18:00 CEST

This session aims at exploring the new challenges and opportunities opened by the spread of data-driven statistical learning approaches in Earth and Soil Sciences.

Link to the full description and list of displays here.



If you want more information about the whole EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online event or you want to check the whole scientific program, check out the official website by clicking HERE.

We look forward to this interactive week of sharing science and brilliant ideas.

Valeria Cigala currently works as a Math and Science teacher in a middle school in Milan. She has a PhD in experimental and physical volcanology and worked for some years on explosive volcanic eruptions and related hazards. She is very interested in science outreach.

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