Eyjafjallajökull and the EGU GA 2010

Dear all European Geosciences Union (EGU) 2010 General Assembly (GA) potential attendees:

The EGU Programme Committee Advisory Board and the EGU Executive have been in active discussion since Friday morning (16 April 2010) evaluating the current air-travel and ash plume situation as to the consequences for people being able to travel to the EGU 2010 General Assembly. We have been monitoring the situation and are currently exploring options that the EGU, Copernicus Meetings, and potentially the city of Vienna might be able to do to increase the ability for people to come overland should the need arise. For instance, putting together a web page with information so that people might better be able to know how to travel to Vienna by bus/train/boat, or putting together a ‘car-pool’ web page. We will try to release a general e-mail to all EGU 2010 GA corresponding authors, conveners, and people who have pre-registered, with an update, on Monday or Tuesday of this week.

Also, in further news, there will be a special 3.0 hour oral + panel discussion session on the evenings of Tuesday and Thursday (4 and 6 May 2010) during the EGU 2010 General Assembly devoted to the event “Eyjafjallajökull – eruption, plume, and consequences” put together by Professor Euan Nisbet (Royal Holloway). This will include short talks by different experts on the volcanology, palaeorecord, ash plume dispersal, and aviation impacts, along with a panel discussion.

By Bruce D. Malamud (King’s College London)
Programme Chair, EGU 2010 General Assembly

Recent Natural Hazard Events at EGU General Assembly 2010

There is going to be a special session on the Eyjafjallajökull Eruption at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2010 on Tuesday 4th May from 18:30 to 20:00 in Room 36. The time and location are currently provisional.

The recent Natural Hazard Events in Haiti and Chile will be covered in SM1.0/G25/GD2.17/GM1.5/GMPV37/NH4.0/NH5.3/SSP1.9/TS8.4 Large Magnitude Earthquakes and Tsunami Activity in 2010: Views on The Haiti and Chile Events. This will take place in Room D on Monday 3rd May from 08:30 to 12:00, with a Panel Discussion and Questions on “The 2010 Haiti and Chile Earthquakes and Associated Tsunamis” from 18:45 to 19:45, again in Room D.

By Jennifer Holden

Eyjafjallajokull Eruption and Air Travel Disruption

For the first time ever, all United Kingdom airspace is currently closed due to ash from the Eyjafjallajokull Eruption in Iceland, a situation replicated in several other Northern European countries.

At the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2010, session NH2.2 Passive satellite techniques and ground-based potential field investigations of volcanic activity contains several presentations related to ash.

NASA’s Earth Observatory has MODIS imagery, with a clear explanation at their Image of the Day website.

A comprehensive set of links about the Eyjafjallajokull Eruption can be found at Michel’s Islande 2010 blog (the blog is in French but the link descriptions are in English and French).

*These are not EGU sanctioned blogs, rather a resource helping readers know what is out there.

By Jennifer Holden

EGU Presentation Planning

According to twitter (#egu2010) I’m not the only person who has been working on posters for the General Assembly this week.

The guidelines for authors can be found on the EGU GA 2010 website for oral and poster presentations.

The key take away points are that its 12 minutes plus 3 for questions for oral presentations. Posters are landscape orientation (i.e. longer than they are tall), and go up first thing in the morning on the day of the session. There are two new poster halls this year: XL and Z.

Some sessions have poster summary and discussion sessions, details of which can be found here. They are listed by session.

By Jennifer Holden