Welcome to the 2014 General Assembly! This is the first full day of sessions and there’s a feast of them to choose from. Every day we’ll be sharing some super sessions and events at EGU 2014 here on GeoLog and you can complement this information with EGU Today, the daily newsletter of the General Assembly.
This year, the General Assembly has a theme – The Face of the Earth – and to celebrate it there will be Keynote Lectures throughout the week, each exploring one of the planet’s faces (water, rocks, space, life and the atmosphere). Today’s lecture (KL3) features the Rocks of the Earth and takes place from 13:30-14:30 in Y1. There’s more to the theme than lectures though, and you’ll find a host of exhibits throughout the conference centre! Remember that odd request to bring a rock this year? Add it to the Rocks of the Earth exhibit in the Entrance Hall – a piece of art created by all the attendees!
Of particular importance today is the Union’s Plenary Meeting (UM17) at 12:15 in Room R1 – it’s a forum for all Assembly attendees to discuss the development of the Union with the Union Council. Seeing as it’s over lunch, a buffet of scrumptious sandwiches and soft drinks will be served at the event.
Several short courses are setting up this evening including workshops on the ways to study permafrost (SC19, 10:30–12:15 in B5), how to improve natural hazards forecasting (SC14, 17:30–19:00 in G6) and improve your career prospects (SC11, 17:30–20:00 in B1, Twitter: #EGUjobs) and there are scintillating scientific sessions throughout the day. Here’s just a sample of what’s on offer:
- How do magma chambers work? Recent advances in the petrology of plutons and volcanoes (AS4.5/GI2.2, 08:30–12:00 at PICO Spot 2)
- Crustal faulting and deformation processes observed by InSAR, GPS and photogrammetry (TS9.3/ESSI1.11/G6.7/GD7.8/GMPV67/NH4.11, orals: 13:30–17:00 in B1, posters: 17:30–19:00 / Blue Posters)
- Aircraft-based observation of the atmosphere and atmosphere-surface exchange processes (GMPV19, orals: 08:30–10:00 in B11, posters: 17:30–19:00 / Yellow Posters)
- Rapid changes in sea ice: processes and implications (CR1.3, orals: 10:30–12:00 and 15:30–17:00 in Y1, posters: 17:30–19:00 / Blue Posters)
Today also features six super Medal Lectures, which are sure to be a great source of inspiration:
- From cradle to grave: research on atmospheric aerosols (ML9: Vilhelm Bjerknes Medal Lecture by Urs Baltensperger), 15:30–16:30 / Room B14
- Through layers of mud and time: lacustrine archives of quaternary climate variation (ML12: Hans Oeschger Medal Lectureby Sherilyn Claire Fritz), 13:30–14:30 / Room Y9
- Greenland ice cores tell tales on past climate changes (ML13: Louis Agassiz Medal Lecture by Dorthe Dahl-Jensen), 19:00–20:00 / Room Y1
- Frontiers in mineral physics relevant to geodynamics issues (ML15: Augustus Love Medal Lecture by Shun-Ichiro Karato), 19:00–20:00 / Room G9
- The long way of planktonic foraminifera from biostratigraphy to paleoceanography (ML27: Jean Baptiste Lamarck Medal Lecture by Isabella Premoli Silva), 16:00–17:00 / Room B5
- Plasma jets in the near-Earth’s magnetotail (ML 30: Julius Bartels Medal Lecture by Rumi Nakamura), 13:30–14:30 / Room Y5
Finally, remember to take the opportunity to meet your Division’s representatives in the day’s Meet EGU sessions and, if you’re in need of a break, head on over to GeoCinema, where you can kick back and relax with a geoscientific film (10:30-19:00 daily in B12).
Have an excellent day!