About the AGU Blogosphere

Welcome to our network of blogs about Earth and space sciences, hosted by the American Geophysical Union, the world’s largest organization of Earth and space scientists. Most blogs in this network are written by independent scientist-writers; two—GeoSpace and The Plainspoken Scientist—are written by AGU staff (with occasional help from collaborators and guest bloggers).

Bloggers contribute to this network for many reasons, but we all share the desire to write, to disseminate accurate information, and to enjoy discussing exciting science. With our postings we aim to reach our fellow scientists and the broader public, without regard for national boundaries, and to stimulate lively, open discussion by means of our blogs’ comments fields.

Why does AGU host this blogger community? One reason is to provide a go-to location on the Web for timely, interactive, and regularly occurring exchanges of knowledge and ideas regarding the Earth and space sciences that AGU represents. By supporting this blogging community, AGU also fosters greater public awareness and understanding of Earth and space sciences, and facilitates more effective use of scientific knowledge to address society’s needs.

Some details about our blogs:

  • The independent bloggers have complete editorial freedom, both the topics they cover and the way they moderate their comment threads.
  • None of our blogs run external ads. The independent blogs are100% ad-free. However, AGU reserves the right to display AGU-related ads on the network’s homepage and on AGU’s in-house (staff or guest written) blogs’ pages.
  • The opinions expressed in the independent blogs, as well as in invited-guest posts in the in-house blogs, are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the American Geophysical Union, its leadership, its staff, or its members.

Community guidelines

  • All blog content will be free of plagiarism and will not defame or cast any person or entity in false light.
  • Bloggers will use their best efforts to ensure that all facts and statements posted on their blogs are true.
  • Bloggers will not post any content that is copyrighted or patented without obtaining proper permission first.
  • Bloggers and commenters will be courteous. We all want to advance the conversation about Earth and space science, and we will be more effective if we keep things civilized. Yes to honest and passionate debates, no to personal attacks.
  • All the other usual disclaimers: You may not post any content that is unlawful, harmful, harassing, threatening, abusive, hateful, libelous, defamatory, pornographic, sexually explicit or otherwise objectionable.

Commenting policy

  • Bloggers may moderate their blogs’ comment threads as they wish.
  • In general, common sense applies to comments: When commenting, stay on topic and be respectful to bloggers and other commenters.

Credits

Illustrated banners: Jane Kim