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GeoCinema@EGU General Assembly 2011

The GeoCinema is running for a second year at the General Assembly with over 40 films being shown. The GeoCinema programme is online at the meeting site and a pdf with details of the films is available.

The GeoCinema is held in the GeoCinema room on the Yellow (Ground Floor) level (pdf floorplan), which is on your left as you enter the main entrance.

 

Monday, 04 Apr 2011
10:30–10:45 Inspection Exercise in Jordan & Listening for Nuclear Noise
11:00–11:45 HIAPER
12:00–12:45 Faces of Earth: Building the Planet
13:00–13:45 Faces of Earth: Shaping the Planet
14:00–15:00 Tipping Point
15:15–16:45 Home
17:00–18:00 Ice Bound in Antarctica
18:15–18:30 Stefano Mancuso: The roots of plant intelligence
18:45–19:00 Greg Stone: Saving the ocean one island at a time

Tuesday, 05 Apr 2011
10:30–10:50 Drill Bits: Drilling into Lake Peten Itza (Guatemala) for paleoclimate studies on drill core, Scientific drilling into Lake Malawi (Malawi) for paleoclimate studies, Drilling through the San Andreas Fault at seismogenic depths and Scientific Drilling at Hawaii to investigate Hot Spot volcanism
11:00–11:45 Models and Reality, Alfred Wegener Medal Lecture by Prof. Pierre Morel
12:00–12:45 Faces of Earth: Assembling America
13:00–13:45 Faces of Earth: Human World
14:00–15:00 365 Days under Antarctic Ice
15:15–15:30 Ice Crystal, A Scientific Expedition Into the Heart of the Waterfall
15:45–16:15 The perfect eruption – Etna 2002-03
16:30–17:00 Where dinosaurs lived? Documenting Cretaceous Palaeoclimate
17:15–18:15 The Mystery of the Giant Crystals
18:30–19:00 Don’t call me earthquake

Wednesday, 06 Apr 2011
10:30–10:35 River Trip with family
10:38–10:58 Where dinosaurs lived? Documenting Cretaceous Palaeoclimate
11:01–11:06 Signs of Life on Mars
11:09–11:18 Deep Sea Observatories: Internet in the Ocean
11:18–11:27 Ocean Under Observation
11:30–11:45 EISCAT_3D, our window to geospace
12:00–12:30 Hidden Corals
12:45–13:00 The international charter on space and major disasters
13:15–13:30 Lee Hotz: Inside an Antarctic time machine
13:45–14:00 Rob Dunbar: Discovering ancient climates in oceans and ice
14:15–14:30 Michael Specter: The danger of science denial
14:45–15:15 IODP 318 Wilkes Land Expedition
15:30–15:45 Royal NIOZ, Fathoning the Sea
16:00–16:15 Rob Dunbar: Discovering ancient climates in oceans and ice
16:30–17:15 HIAPER
17:30–17:45 Future of Integrated Ocean Drilling
18:00–19:00 1755 The Lisbon Earthquake

Thursday, 07 Apr 2011
10:30–10:35 Drill Bits Drilling into Lake Peten Itza (Guatemala) for paleoclimate studies on drill core
10:35–10:40 Drill bits Scientific drilling into Lake Malawi (Malawi) for paleoclimate studies
10:40–10:45 Drill Bits Drilling through the San Andreas Fault at seismogenic depths
10:45–10:50 Drill Bits Scientific Drilling at Hawaii to investigate Hot Spot volcanism
11:00–11:45 Faces of Earth: Building the Planet
12:00–12:55 Science@ESA: Solar System, Siblings of Earth and the Moon and Titan
13:15–13:20 Huygens Probe: Landing on an Earth-like world
13:45–14:45 Tipping Point
15:00–15:10 Deep Sea Observatories: Internet in the Ocean
15:10–15:20 Ocean Under Observation
15:30–16:30 The Mystery of the Giant Crystals
16:45–17:15 Hidden Corals
17:30–17:35 River Trip with family
17:37–17:57 Where dinosaurs lived? Documenting Cretaceous Palaeoclimate
18:00–18:10 The international charter on space and major disasters
18:15–18:30 SNORTEX – Snow reflectance transition experiment
18:45–19:00 Earth System Trailer

Friday, 08 Apr 2011
10:30–11:30 365 Days under Antarctic Ice
11:45–12:15 IODP 318 Wilkes Land Expedition
12:30–13:30 Ice Bound in Antarctica
13:45–14:00 Ice Crystal, A Scientific Expedition Into the Heart of the Waterfall
14:15–14:30 We are prepared – Tsunami Early Warning System – Trailer 2008
14:45–15:15 The perfect eruption – Etna 2002-03
15:30–16:00 Don’t call me earthquake
16:15–17:15 1755 The Lisbon Earthquake
17:30–19:00 Home

Petrified Wood Exhibit at EGU GA 2011

This year at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly there will be an exhibit of petrified wood. It is located in Poster Hall Y of area XY near to the entrances to rooms 10 and 11 on the Blue (Basement) level, a pdf plan can be found here. The exhibition organiser Peter Huber will be at the exhibit each day from 17:30 to 19:00. Preview images can be found on Peter Huber’s Facebook Album or Foto Community pages. He writes about the exhibit:

Petrified wood is not really a rare fossil. Even the small country Austria has about 170 reference points where petrified wood occurs. And yet “good” pieces, such as completely preserved branches or rare species, are rare. The often perfect preservation of anatomical structures in petrified wood is another special feature of fossil wood. Unfortunately, scientific work with petrified wood is extensive. In order to make identifications, thin sections have to be made and evaluated comprehensively. Most research in paleobotany is now focusing on palynology.

The interest in palynology as the primary focus of today‘s paleobotany is due to several factors. Petrified wood in the fossil record is heavily biased by riparian species because stream valleys are the most usual sites for conditions promoting wood petrification. Palynology, on the other hand can give a credible statistical sample of pollen grains – thousands in a single shovelful in some cases. These statistical samples do not have the built-in bias of riparian species and have the added attraction of providing an indication of annual plants as well as perennial plants for a more accurate view of paleoclimate and paleogeographic conditions. This has made the study of petrified wood a rare branch all over the world.

This exhibit – and the book documenting the exhibit – shows the story of nearly 400 million years of wood and the development of trees, As the pictures show, it is a very aesthetic topic! Wood, as a “mineral collector” has as a fossil all the colors of the rainbow, agates fill cavities, and even feeding tunnels are preserved in detail. The pieces presented here are all from my own collection. I started collecting petrified wood as a child, meanwhile I have been collecting over 45 years! The collection includes many pieces I found myself. Here a trained eye helped a lot for the good success in collecting, but for the most part the pieces are from purchases. The internet has greatly contributed to expand the collection with sites from all over the world.

I hope you enjoy my selection. And maybe I can still infect the one or the other with the “Virus Xyloxylon”!

Mag. Peter C. Huber

The abstract for the exhibit is:
400 million years ago plants started their conquest of the land masses. At the beginning, the stems grew more horizontally and just small segments grew vertically. But in the quest of following light, the idea „tree“ was born. It did take several million more years for real wooden trunks to evolve, but sometime around the Carbon Period true forests had developed. And starting with the Carbon Period structural fossils of trees have been preserved, often showing cell for cell the wood anatomy of the former tree. The special exhibition for the EGU 2011 shows the development of trees starting sometime around the Carbon Period to the most recent geological time. A part of the exhibition will present special finds from Austria and Hungary.

Union Wide Events at the EGU General Assembly 2011 (Part II)

This post is the partner of Union Wide Events at the EGU General Assembly 2011 (Part I).

Townhall Meetings (TM)
Townhall meetings are on a variety of topics this year including careers, research and women in Geosciences (TM9). They’re an opportunity to discuss topics in a bit more depth than the oral session question times allow. TM10 is associated with the late breaking session on the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (US05).

Splinter Meetings (SPM)
There are two sorts of Splinter meetings at EGU General Assemblies:public and private. SPM1.X are the public splinter meetings that anyone can attend. This year they include presentations on research projects, networking events for young researchers and the Earth Science Women’s Network, sub-division meetings, an outreach panel and more. Some splinter meetings complement specific sessions, these are listed

Europe in Geosciences (EG)
Are a variety of sessions that have a pan-Europe outlook.

Educational and Outreach Symposia (EOS)
These are sessions focussed on Education and Outreach, some related specifically to programme groups (e.g. NH, OS etc.) and includes EOS01 “Geosciences Information for Teachers (GIFT) workshop” which is a long-running event for high-school teachers and has an exciting oral programme, open to anyone who would like to attend the oral talks Monday to Wednesday in Room 29. There are also poster sessions for theses EOS sessions.

GeoCinema
Now in it’s second year the GeoCinema (in the GeoCinema room on the Ground Floor) runs Monday to Friday 10:30 to 19:00. There are over 30 films in this year’s programme, ranging from less than five minutes to 90 minutes long. The schedule is online here. This includes Home, A Film by Yann Athus-Bertrand, which is showing twice, including on Friday afternoon from 17:30 to 19:00. A pdf with details of the films, including links to view them online (where possible) is available.

Webstreaming at EGU General Assembly 2011

As with previous years, selected sessions along with all press conferences (see EGU Media Portal) will be live-streamed during the General Assembly 2011 and are will also be available on demand after the conference. Please enter the general EGU Webstreaming site. The webstream portal contains events from General Assemblies in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The 2011 programme includes:
Monday, 4 April 2011
13:30–15:00 US1 A Planet Under Pressure

Tuesday, 5 April 2011
12:15–13:15 ML1 Alfred Wegener Medal Lecture – Understanding the drivers of environmental changes in West Africa from sedimentary deep-sea records by Gerold Wefer
13:30–15:10 US2 The Future of Water Cycle Earth Observing Systems
15:30–17:00 GDG1 How will Europe face the raw materials crisis?

Wednesday, 6 April 2011
12:15–13:15 ML3 Jean Dominique Cassini Medal Lecture – Highlights of ESA’s Planetary Sciences Programme Achievements and a Glimpse into the Future by Jean-Pierre Lebreton
13:30–15:00 UMC1
What are the unresolved questions and future perspectives for palaeoclimate research? An EGU Masterclass by André Berger and Wolfgang H. Berger
17:30–20:00 US0 EGU Award Ceremony

Thursday, 7 April 2011
08:30–10:15 US4 The 22 February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake
11:00–12:00 Press Conference 1:The 22 February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake
12:15–13:15 ML2 Arthur Holmes Medal Lecture – Three grand challenges in geomorphology: rock, climate, and life by William E. Dietrich
12:30–13:30 Press Conference 2: sunami impact and Tsunami Early Warning Systems
13:30–15:10 US3 How Science Can Aid Society in Tackling Emerging Risks

Friday, 8 April 2011
08:30–10:00 US5 The 11 March 2011 Tohoku (Sendai) Earthquake and Tsunami