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9 June 2022

AGU and the Seismological Society of America update comprehensive nuclear-test ban treaty position

In April, AGU’s Board approved minor updates to the position statement entitled, “The capability to monitor the comprehensive nuclear-test-ban treaty (CTBT) should be expanded, completed and sustained,” which was first adopted in 1999 in collaboration with the Seismological Society of America (SSA). The international monitoring system has matured considerably since 1999, with more than 326 out of 377 facilities completed. The changes to the statement, which were approved by AGU …

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17 October 2019

AGU’s October Board Meeting: A Report from the Crow’s Nest

As a former sea-going scientist, I was reminded during the recent AGU Board meeting (2-4 October) about the distinct roles played by a ship’s crew and the scientific party. The scientific party, much like the AGU Council, is responsible for thinking about how best to advance scientific research. They consider what types of collaborations, instrumentation, and data are needed to achieve such goals, as well as the best sites for …

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25 July 2018

Solidarity Among Scientists Across the Globe Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Frustration is mounting over nationalist policies in the U.S. and other countries, which are obstructing the free exchange of ideas and effective collaboration among scientists. These policies have multiple impacts. The most immediate and visible human tragedies are borne by refugees and immigrants. At the same time, several academics have lost their jobs or their ability to carry out their missions where nationalist governments have restricted academic freedoms and defunded …

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21 June 2018

How the Cryosphere Sciences Section Will Celebrate 100 Years of AGU

AGU’s Centennial is just around the corner, officially kicking off at the 2018 Fall Meeting in Washington, D. C., and running through the 2019 Fall Meeting in San Francisco, Calif. I look forward to a celebration marked by a variety of elements that will highlight the talents and drive of both our scientific sections and our membership. The Centennial offers us the opportunity for a coast-to-coast celebration of scientific achievement. …

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16 March 2018

AGU Endorses the 2018 March for Science

On 14 April, 2018, for the second time in as many years, the March for Science is occurring in communities across the globe. AGU is proud to again join as a formal sponsor of this worldwide event in support of science, and to offer direct support to AGU groups participating in local marches. Over the last year, our community has spoken out about many of the policies enacted and statements …

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3 January 2018

2017 in Review: A Look at the State of Science Policy and What’s to Come

As 2017 began with a new administration in Washington, D.C., there was evidence that we could expect to face serious challenges to science policy and the scientific enterprise; some have come to pass, and others have not. Throughout this tumultuous year, AGU has played a significant role both in addressing these far-reaching issues and supporting the scientists and allies wanting to use their voices to speak up for science. From …

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3 November 2017

4th U.S. National Climate Assessment: Reinforcing the Scientific Consensus

Volume 1 of the Congressionally mandated 4th U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA) was released earlier this month. Led by scientists working at NOAA, the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) is the work of many of the nation’s most accomplished climate scientists. Used as a core blueprint used to inform the public and craft public policy decisions to address climate change, the report is a rigorously evaluated document that has gone …

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12 July 2017

Stand Up for Earth and Space Science: Meet with Your Legislator During August Recess

“We need to tell that story,” said my Senator, after I told him how NOAA’s Sea Grant Program budget is only $73 million/yr, even though it helps hundreds of communities to prepare for hurricanes and storm surges and manage coastlines1. I suspected that he would be a strong supporter of science, but I didn’t realize how appreciative he would be to have a clear narrative that he could share with …

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2 May 2017

March for Science: Reflections from AGU President-elect Robin Bell

Editor’s Note: This week, we’ll be sharing reflections on the March for Science from AGU leaders. This is part two of three. Click here for part one and part three.   As I stepped onto the train to Washington, D.C., I immediately sensed a palpable science vibe throughout the train.  In the café car, the tables were filled with people editing manuscripts and children with their science textbooks open.  Up and down …

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15 February 2017

Ask Your Members of Congress to Support Science Investment

Over the past few weeks, many of you have expressed an interest in becoming more involved in science policy. We’ve discussed opportunities in the past for you to engage under a new Administration and Congress in “The Shifting Landscape of Science” post and this is another element of that effort. Each year, AGU weighs in on the appropriations process, advocating for continued and expanded funding for the agencies that provide critical science …

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11 August 2016

AGU Expands into Geohealth, Starting with New Journal

Originally posted on Eos.org I’m so pleased to share news of a project that has finally come to fruition after much hard work and support from the leaders of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Today, our organization formally embraces the emerging field of geohealth, which encompasses Earth, atmospheric, ocean, and environmental sciences; ecology; agriculture; and health. AGU enters into this emerging field with the launch of a new journal, entitled …

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12 November 2015

Rise of GeoHealth

I think many of you know that I started my professional career in healthcare as a nurse. During the five years I spent doing direct patient care, I witnessed many examples of how environmental exposures to toxic materials could contribute to poor health. That’s why I was so pleased to be invited to participate in a congressional briefing hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) titled “Linking Earth Sciences and …

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18 September 2015

An Emerging Bipartisan Recognition of Climate Change

Once upon a time, in a city named after America’s first president, science enjoyed broad bipartisan support, including the biomedical, geophysical, environmental, and social sciences. The scare of Sputnik not only inspired American space exploration in the 1950s and 1960s, but also reinforced a commitment to basic research in many disciplines, which paved the way for development of technological applications far beyond the imagination of the original researchers. Current cell …

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31 August 2015

AGU Introduces New Organizational Support Policy

AGU’s mission and vision center on advancing Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity, and communicating its power to ensure a sustainable future for us all. Our ability to collaborate with organizations that share our values – who can also help to amplify the reach and impact of our work – is critical to serving our mission and realizing our vision. For many years, AGU has successfully partnered …

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23 March 2015

What Does the Future Hold for Science In the Challenging American Political Environment?

As scientists, AGU members know how important their research is. Earth and space science satisfies society’s natural curiosity and desire to understand how the world around them works. It also provides real and tangible benefits that drive our economy, protect our communities, and improve our quality of life. All of us benefit, around the world and here in the U.S. The benefits of science aren’t limited to red states or …

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27 February 2015

Protecting Academic Freedom and Holding Ourselves Accountable

Update (3 March 2015): In the last few days we have received several comments regarding the situation with the Natural Resources Committee, and as such, I want to expand a bit on what I previously wrote here. AGU unwaveringly supports a scientist’s right to academic freedom, and nothing in my previous post should be interpreted to suggest otherwise. We view the singling out of any individual or group of scientists …

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6 January 2015

AGU Names Editor for New Journal, Earth and Space Science

I am delighted to announce that John Orcutt, a distinguished professor of Geophysics at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and former president and General Secretary of AGU, will serve as the inaugural editor of our newest open access journal, Earth and Space Science. Over the summer John will recruit the editorial team. The journal will be ready to accept papers in late summer 2014, and the first articles …

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5 August 2014

The Value of Science and the Benefits of Investing

As I sat down to compose this post, the irony of the situation was striking to me. A few weeks ago, AGU and NASA released a press statement regarding new findings of serious water decline in the Colorado River Basin, potentially posing an even greater threat to water availability in the West than previously thought. This discovery was made possible through the GRACE mission. GRACE uses satellite data to measure …

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22 May 2014

Celebrating the Power of Science

Have you ever stopped to think about what AGU’s more than 62,000 members represent? With a crowd that large, there’s bound to be some variety, right? We have members hailing from 142 countries around the world. They represent the public and private sectors, conduct research at academic institutions and government agencies, and work for Fortune 500 companies and local NGOs. They’re high school science teachers, advisors to public policymakers, and …

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27 November 2013

AGU’s Position at the Intersection of Science and Policy

Since AGU’s strategic plan was developed in 2010, we are becoming recognized as authoritative voices for our science within numerous communities, including policy makers. But why is communicating our science and its impact on the world to policy makers important? The answer to that question can be found in AGU member research. Understanding our changing climate can lead to ways to mitigate and adapt to the effects. Understanding the causes …

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