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2019 General Assembly documented through art!

2019 General Assembly documented through art!

As a repeat from last year, the General Assembly will be documented by EGU’s very own artists in residence! Morgane Merlin, an environmental science PhD student and visual artist based in Alberta, Canada, and Giorgo Skretis, a visual artist and musician based in Chania, Greece, will be producing illustrations and sculptures throughout the week to share their conference experiences and communicate science. Why not take a break from the scientific sessions and enjoy the Assembly through a more artistic medium with this collection of science-inspired artwork. This page will be updated with more of Merlin and Skretis’ work as the week progresses.

Monday:

 

 

 

Credit: Morgane Merlin for EGU. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

 

Credit: Morgane Merlin for EGU. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

 

Plastics and microplastics in our aquatic environments. Artworks by Morgane Merlin. Photo from Anastasia Kokori

 

Credit: Morgane Merlin for EGU. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Tuesday:

 

 

Magma transport in the crust. Artwork by Morgane Merlin. Photo from Anastasia Kokori

 

Lava in crust. Credit: Morgane Merlin for EGU. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

 

Artwork by Giorgo Skretis. Photo from Anastasia Kokori

 

The tiny menace of bark beetles for our forests. Artwork by Morgane Merlin. Photo from Anastasia Kokori

 

Artwork by Giorgo Skretis. Photo from Anastasia Kokori

 

The tiny menace of bark beetles for our forests. Artwork by Morgane Merlin. Photo from Anastasia Kokori

Wednesday:

 

 

Artwork by Morgane Merlin. Photo from Anastasia Kokori

 

Reaching for the stars. Credit: Morgane Merlin for EGU. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

 

Artwork by Giorgo Skretis. Photo from Anastasia Kokori

 

Thursday:

 

 

Artwork by Morgane Merlin. Photo from Anastasia Kokori

 

Artwork by Morgane Merlin. Photo from Anastasia Kokori

 

Artwork by Morgane Merlin. Photo from Anastasia Kokori

 

Aspen leaf. Credit: Morgane Merlin for EGU. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

 

Artwork by Giorgo Skretis. Photo from Anastasia Kokori

 

Friday:

 

Artwork by Morgane Merlin. Photo from Anastasia Kokori

 

Artwork by Giorgo Skretis and EGU 2019 conference participants. Photo from Anastasia Kokori

Merlin is a hobby artist who works with a variety of media, including watercolors, acrylics and pastels. She says that, at the meeting, she will focus on creating illustrations based on the main research results of selected presentations. “The art work will be a copy of this main result encased in a colored painting (watercolor) or drawing (colored pencils) embodying the beauty and singularity of the object of research, whether it is a landscape, rock formation or living organism,” she writes in her winning application. With a background in environmental science, she says she strives to share her passion for the natural world through both her research and hobbies: “I wish to showcase the admiration for the natural world we have as scientists, fueling our passion for research.”

Skretis is an artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and sound. He says his participation in the EGUGeneral Assembly “will be a great influence towards recontextualizing my art practice, both in terms of looking at Earth processes in a finer detail, and in terms of the analogies that can be drawn between the geosciences and the human sciences.” He is fascinated by the way matter crashes, merges and disintegrates in every possible scale, while at the same time it provides the conditions for life to emerge. During his residency he will create a small collection of sculptures using natural materials such as clay and plaster. The form and manner of creation of these sculptures will reflect the various processes and forces of nature, with a focus on themes presented at the meeting.

Imaggeo Photo Competition finalists 2019 – who will you vote for?

Imaggeo Photo Competition finalists 2019 – who will you vote for?

This year’s Photo Competition judging panel received more than 600 photo submissions, 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. Voting closes by Thursday 11 April and the winners will be announced online on Friday!

Time flows as the climate is changing. Credit: Kasia Tokarska (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). A long-exposure look at Brúarfoss waterfall in Iceland.

 

Aurora show on the road. Credit: Junbin Zhao (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). Busy drivers pass by without noticing the beautiful northern lights’ show overhead.

Pulp ……eruption! Credit: Valerio Acocella (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). A close-up of a vent erupting blobs of blood-red basaltic magma during the Mt. Etna 2001 eruption, one of the most important of this volcano in the last century. This eruption marked a new cycle in the recent life of Etna and is also associated with flank instability threatening the lower inhabited eastern slope.

 

Temporary pond within ice fall of Fox Glacier. Credit: Stefan Winkler (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). A temporary pond of meltwater on the surface of Fox Glacier, Southern Alps, New Zealand. Due to the fast movement and the rough surface, there is not an established supraglacial or englacial meltwater system resulting in temporary ponds forming and subsequently draining during over several weeks to a few months.

 

43°29’S 147°08’E – Meet me at the lighthouse. Credit: Vytas Huth (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). Light pollution is an environmental hazard we often overlook. When I had the chance to view the Southern Hemisphere’s night sky with only the Antarctic Ocean in front of me, I realised how much we have already lost in the Northern Hemisphere and Europe. It almost seems as if the night is becoming extinct.

 

Something sticks out. Credit: Sophie von Fromm (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). While the windblown sand buries everything beneath, a lonely stick remains standing. Such sand storms occur quite frequently at the Gobabeb Training and Research Centre in the Namib Desert.

 

Coloured canyon curves. Credit: Nikita Churilin (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). The morning sunlight is reflecting in the grains of sand in the Lower Antelope Canyon and paint the canyon in unusual colours.

 

Humans’ route in harmony with nature. Credit: Anatolii Chernov (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). The Carpathian Mountains in Western Ukraine are a nice place to learn about structural geology and for relaxation. It is a pleasure to observe beautiful corners of the Earth, where people try to respect and cherish natural beauty.

 

Message from the deep. Credit: Katja Bigge (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). Stromboli volcano, the original example of Strombolian activity defined by small regular eruptions.

 

A frozen time capsule. Credit: Florian Konrad (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu). The Schwarzmooskogel-Höhlensystem is located in the Totes Gebirge in Austria and consists of 17 individual caves with a total length of about 140km. Inside, it felt like time did not pass or just passed really slowly. The shapes that the ice had sculptured were endless and took our breath away.

The EGU General Assembly will take place from 07 to 12 April 2019 in Vienna, Austria. For the full session programme and more information on the General Assembly, see the EGU 2019 website and follow us on Twitter (#EGU19 is the official conference hashtag) and Facebook.