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Photo Competition

Announcing the winners of the EGU Photo Competition 2018!

The selection committee received over 600 photos for this year’s EGU Photo Contest, covering fields across the geosciences. Participants at the 2018 General Assembly have been voting for their favourites throughout the week  of the conference and there are three clear winners. Congratulations to 2018’s fantastic photographers!

 

Foehn clouds in Patagonia,’ by Christoph Mayr (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). A stationary cloud formed on the lee side of Mount Fitzroy. It evolved from a lenticular cloud (Altocumulus lenticularis) and turned into a funnel-shaped cloud during sunset when the photo was taken.

 

Jebel Bayda (White Mountain),’ by Luigi Vigliotti (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). An aerial view of the Jebel Bayda, a white volcano created by silica-rich lava (comendite) in the Khaybar region. The flank of the volcano was shaped by rain in the region during the first half of the Holocene.

 

Remains of a former ocean floor,’ by Jana Eichel (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). These limestone boulders characterise the landscape of Castle Hill Basin in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. The Pacific Plate collided with the Australian Plate during the Kaikoura Orogeny 25 million years ago, giving birth not only to the Southern Alps but also lifting up thick limestone beds formed in shallow ocean water.

 

Imaggeo is the EGU’s online open access geosciences image repository. All geoscientists (and others) can submittheir photographs and videos to this repository and, since it is open access, these images can be used for free by scientists for their presentations or publications, by educators and the general public, and some images can even be used freely for commercial purposes. Photographers also retain full rights of use, as Imaggeo images are licensed and distributed by the EGU under a Creative Commons licence. Submit your photos at http://imaggeo.egu.eu/upload/.

At the Assembly 2018: Friday highlights

At the Assembly 2018: Friday highlights

The conference is coming to a close and there’s still an abundance of great sessions to attend! Here’s our guide to getting the most out of the conference on its final day. Boost this information with features from EGU Today, the daily newsletter of the General Assembly – pick up a paper copy at the ACV entrance or download it here.

Union Sessions

The final day of the conference kicks off with the last Union session, Scientific research in a changing European Union (EU): where we stand and what we aim for (US5). Panelists will explore some of the challenges and potential threats to academics in the EU and how these issues can be addressed and overcome. The session will also outline some of the advantages of the EU, funding programmes that are currently provided and how the European Union can continue to develop and nurture its researchers.

Medal Lectures

Be sure to also attend the last two medal lectures of the assembly:

Short Courses

The last leg of short courses offers insight into new technologies, tips for publishing your work, and advice on how to develop your career. Here are a few of the short courses you can check out today:

Scientific Sessions

The three final interdisciplinary events also take place today. Early in the morning a series of talks will discuss biogeomorphology: conceptualising and quantifying processes, rates and feedbacks. Another session will explore medical geology, an emerging field of science that is dealing with the impact of natural geological factors, process and material on humans and animals health. Our final interdisciplinary event will explore sea-level changes from minutes to millennia, highlighting proxy records for constraining our understanding of present and future sea-level change

It’s your last chance to make the most of the networking opportunities at the General Assembly, so get on down to the poster halls and strike up a conversation. If you’re in the queue for coffee, find out what the person ahead is investigating – you never know when you might start building the next exciting collaboration! Here are some of today’s scientific highlights:

Today we also announce the results of the EGU Photo Contest! Head over to the EGU Booth at 12:15 to find out who the winners are.

What have you thought of the Assembly this week? Let us know at www.egu2018.eu/feedback and help make EGU 2019 even better.

We hope you’ve had a wonderful week and look forward to seeing you in 2019! Join us on this adventure in Vienna next year, 7–12 April 2019.

Photo Competition finalists 2018 – who will you vote for?

The selection committee received over 600 photos for this year’s EGU Photo Competition, covering fields across the geosciences. The fantastic finalist photos are below and they are being exhibited in Hall X2 (basement, Brown Level) of the Austria Center Vienna – see for yourself!

Do you have a favourite? Vote for it! There is a voting terminal (also in Hall X2), just next to the exhibit. The results will be announced on Friday 13 April during the lunch break (at 12:15).

Remains of a former ocean floor.’ Credit: Jana Eichel (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). These limestone boulders characterise the landscape of Castle Hill Basin in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. The Pacific Plate collided with the Australian Plate during the Kaikoura Orogeny 25 million years ago, giving birth not only to the Southern Alps but also lifting up thick limestone beds formed in shallow ocean water.

 

Foehn clouds in Patagonia.’ Credit: Christoph Mayr (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). A stationary cloud formed on the lee side of Mount Fitzroy. It evolved from a lenticular cloud (Altocumulus lenticularis) and turned into a funnel-shaped cloud during sunset when the photo was taken.

 

Jebel Bayda (White Mountain).’ Credit: Luigi Vigliotti (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). An aerial view of the Jebel Bayda, a white volcano created by silica-rich lava (comendite) in the Khaybar region. The flank of the volcano was shaped by rain in the region during the first half of the Holocene.

 

Mother-of-pearl cloud.’ Credit: Thomas Kuhn (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). These clouds are a special type of polar stratospheric clouds that only occur during the polar winter. The tiny ice crystals that form in these clouds must be uniform in size so that diffraction can create their shining colours.

 

Patagonian rainforest.’ Credit: Carsten W. Mueller (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). The magic light in the Patagonian rain forest is dominated by Southern beech (Nothofagus). The high precipitation in Southern Patagonia sustains biodiverse rainforests on peaty soils.

 

The beauty of shells.’ Credit: Rene Hoffmann (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). A thin section of a belemnite (Gonioteuthis, Upper Cretaceous, NW-Germany) under crossed polarizers. Belemnites are the backbone of Jurassic-Cretaceous reconstruction as they able to determine former seawater properties, such as temperature.

 

50 shades of grey.’ Credit: Paolo Paron (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). The dry sandy river bed of the Limpopo River. This picture was taken at the end of January, in the middle of the rainy season, and shows the devastating effects of the prolonged drought. The surrounding floodplain that is used extensively by farmers would normally be inundated.

 

Pinnacles in Nambug National Park at sunset.’ Credit: Stefan Doerr (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). The spectacular pinnacle karst in Western Australia. This landscape contains thousands of pinnacles up to 5 m high and 2 m wide. The pinnacles have formed in the Pleistocene Tamala Limestone, which comprises cyclic sequences of aeolian calcarenite, calcrete / microbialite and palaeosol.

 

Closer look at the deglaciation history of Lago Belgrano.’ Credit: Monika Mendelova (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). The Lago Belgrano valley was once occupied by a glacier, which drained part of the Patagonian Ice Sheet. The retreating glacier allowed a large palaeo-lake to form, a predecessor of modern Lago Belgrano. Spot the shoreline!

 

Poetry of water shaped formations.’ Credit: Raphael Knevels (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). This karst cave was discovered in 2005 and named Paradise Cave because of its exceptionally beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is located in the Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, Vietnam.

 

The EGU General Assembly is taking place in Vienna, Austria from 8 to 13 April. Check out the full session programme on the General Assembly website and follow the Assembly’s online conversation on Twitter at #EGU18.

At the Assembly 2018: Monday highlights

At the Assembly 2018: Monday highlights

Welcome to the 2018 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 2018 here on GeoLog and you can complement this information with EGU Today, the daily newsletter of the General Assembly.

Union-wide Events

Of particular importance today is the Union’s Plenary Meeting (PCN2) at 12:15 in Room E1 – 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.

We also have the NASA-ESA-EGU joint Union-wide session lined up (US2, 13:30–17:15 in E1). This session will feature the space agencies’ view on current and future planetary exploration and highlight observation missions for Earth and other planetary bodies. It’s not one to miss! You can also follow the session on Twitter (#EGU18US) and catch up with the EGU 2018 webstream.

Short Courses

The conference can be daunting, especially for first time attendees. For tips and tricks on how to navigate the General Assembly and to learn more about the EGU, why not attend SC2.1: 08:30–10:00/ Room -2.91. Remember you can also consult the first timer’s guide for more information.

There are several short courses kicking off a week of exciting workshops. You can supercharge your data analysis skills in Age Models and geochronology: An introductory course to different age-depth modelling approaches (SC1.10/CL6.06/GM12.4/SSP2.20: 15:30–17:00 / Room -2.85). Or if your research focuses on natural hazards, you can share ideas and build connections in a quick-fire and sociable way at Speed-dating: Research-match making (SC3.19/NH10.3: 15:30–17:00 / Room -2.31). Presenting at a scientific conference can be daunting for both early career and established scientists. Fortunately, Help! I’m presenting at a scientific conference! (SC2.2: 13:30–15:00 / Room -2.16) will have hands-on tips and tricks in order to make your talk memorable and enjoyable for both speaker and audience.

Scientific Sessions

Today’s General Assembly programme features a number of interdisciplinary events, which tackle a common theme through an interdisciplinary combination of approaches. The aim of the sessions is to foster cross-division links and collaborations. Learn how to work with big data sets with two session focusing on Big data and machine learning in geosciences (IE4.1: Orals / 10:30–12:00 / 13:30–17:00 / Room N2; Posters / 17:30–19:00 / Hall X3) and information extraction from satellite observations (IE4.5: Orals / 08:30–10:00 / Room N2; Posters / 17:30–19:00 / Hall X5). Another session will highlight imaging techniques for modelling geological processes (IE3.4: 15:30–17:00 / PICO spot 4).

There are of course many other scintillating scientific sessions throughout the day. Here’s just a sample of what’s on offer:

Julius Bartels Medal Lecture at last year’s General Assembly (Credit: EGU/Foto Pfluegl)

Medal Lectures

Today also features five Medal Lectures, which are sure to be a great source of inspiration:

Meet EGU

Also remember to take the opportunity to meet your division’s representatives, members of the Union Council, and journal editors throughout the Meet EGU sessions. Today you can visit:

  • EGU Executive Secretary (Philippe Courtial) from 9:15-10:00
  • Executive Editor of Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics (Olivier Talagrand) at 10:00-10:30 and 15:00-15:30
  • Atmospheric Sciences Division President (Annica Ekman) from 13:30-14:15
  • Chief Executive Editor of Solid Earth (Charlotte Krawczyk), 14:15–15:00

Early Career Scientists

Finally, If you’re an early career scientist (ECS) looking to network and meet established scientists who can offer career advice, why not come along to the EGU’s Early Career Scientists Networking & Careers Reception – we still have a few places available – from 19:00-20:30 in room F2. Light snacks and drinks will be served when you arrive!

Have an excellent day!

The EGU General Assembly is taking place in Vienna, Austria from 8 to 13 April. Check out the full session programme on the General Assembly website and follow the Assembly’s online conversation on Twitter at #EGU18.