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12 December 2017

Your Tuesday Top 5: How to End a Project

Every Tuesday, Patricia Yaya, AGU Vice President of Human Resources & Administrative Services, sends a message to the entire AGU staff featuring five short tips for getting by in the workplace.  On the Job will be publishing these tips in a new weekly segment, Tuesday Top 5. Projects should end. By their very definition, projects are “temporary endeavors that have a clear beginning and a clear end.” Upon closure, there are several …


From a Glaciologists Perspective AGU Day 2

It has been 30 years since my first experience at the AGU, at that time glaciology and the cryosphere played a small role.  Today that is clearly not the case.  Today just a glimpse of a few of the many interesting glaciers studies are provided to again illustrate the vast array and amazing detail of work being conducted. Samiah Mustafa, Brown University presented research looking at the ability of a …


Dr. G’s #AGU17 Spotlight – 2017 Arctic Report Card

“Arctic shows no sign of returning to reliably frozen region of recent past decades — Despite relatively cool summer temperatures, observations in 2017 continue to indicate that the Arctic environmental system has reached a ‘new normal’, characterized by long-term losses in the extent and thickness of the sea ice cover, the extent and duration of the winter snow cover and the mass of ice in the Greenland Ice Sheet and Arctic glaciers, and warming sea surface and permafrost temperatures.”


Consensus Matters- The Research Says So!

Those of us in science communication can be forgiven for thinking that everyone knows that agreement among scientists on climate change is extremely high. (It’s around 97-99% and the 1-3% who disagree have substantially less experience/publications in the field than the consensus group.) The Hard Truth The hard reality though is that most Americans have no idea the consensus is that strong and it makes one think that if we could …


11 December 2017

From a Glaciologists Perspective AGU Day 1

The theme changes from a glaciers to a glaciologists perspective with a focus on selected work at the AGU 2017. The research discussed here is from the Poster Paper sessions the most interactive part of the convention.  The following are some interesting snapshots of the breadth and depth of ongoing research.  The most compelling figure from each poster is used. Richard Forster, U of Utah team presented work on the …


Ancient weakening of Earth’s crust explains unusual intraplate earthquakes

New research reveals that mysterious intraplate seismic zones underwent significant deformation hundreds of millions of years ago.


The Ins and Outs of Drawing Exploding Meteors

By JoAnna Wendel  Asteroids! As with many of my comics, the most challenging aspect was representing movement. In this comic, the movement I had to depict was air moving through a meteor, and then that meteor exploding. I also had to draw a meteor disintegrating, which was especially challenging. For the air movement, I used blue arrows—I figured blue is commonly associated with air, and arrows are a good, simple …


9 December 2017

No matter where you are in your career path, be sure to visit the Career Center at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting

Fall Meeting: it’s a time for scientists to come together and share their research.  While it might feel like the science is only being shared in technical sessions, it’s happening all around.  Technical sessions are just one medium to communicate with your fellow scientists; another way that we share our work at Fall Meeting is networking. Networking can take many forms.  It might be a social event or a casual …


8 December 2017

Muller Ice Shelf, Antarctica Retreat and Rift Zone Expansion

Muller Ice Shelf (M) in 1989 and 2017 Landsat images fed by the Antevs (A) and Bruckner Glacier (B). The ice front is shown with yellow dots with separate calving margins on either side of Humphrey Island (H).  The blue arrow indicates a developing rifted zone of ice weakness.  The pink arrows point out icebergs among sea ice.  Muller Ice Shelf is on the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula …


Friday fold: Alpine cross sections by Albert Heim

The Friday fold is a figure from a 1922 book about the geology of the Alps by Swiss structural geology genius and artistic master Albert Heim. Marvel at his gorgeous depiction of the internal and long-since-eroded structure of these mighty mountains.


Skiers, snowmachiners help improve snow models

Wolken and his colleagues recently added a snow-depth button to a smartphone app that allows anyone to add information about favorite winter landscapes and help scientists in the process.


7 December 2017

Across the Front! An interdisciplinary perspective

After spending the first few days hugging the coast of the southern parts of Western Australia it is now time to let go of the protection of the land and venture further south.


What #myfirstAGUtalk shows us… the need for a safe, civil, and supportive environment

There are several positive and amusing experiences scientists are sharing about their very first AGU presentation – but don’t lose sight of some of the negatives that can happen, along with the impacts of not being supportive and inclusive


Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Fall Virtual Poster Showcase

Thank you to all students and judges for participating in the 2017 Fall Virtual Poster Showcase.  The showcase has ended and the results are in. All six lead authors will receive a plaque and a complimentary AGU membership for 2018.  As the first place winners of the graduate and undergraduate showcases, Ruadhan Magee and Caitlin Hoeber will get to redeem one of our student travel grants next year so that …


6 December 2017

Sol 1897-1898: Welcome to Torridon!

We’ll actually spend a few days at this stop, where we plan to assess the surrounding bedrock, soil, and what we think might be a small impact crater.


My GSW Presidential address

I can hardly believe it but tonight I wrap up my tenure as the 2017 President of the Geological Society of Washington. In our Society, it’s a tradition for the President to give the final talk of the year, a Presidential Address that takes up the entirety of the final regular meeting. I’ll be talking tonight about the art of geology. Specifically, my title is “Visualization in geology: A brief …


Scientists capture Earth’s “hum” on ocean floor

Researchers have successfully quantified Earth’s vibrational “hum” using seismic instruments on the bottom of the ocean. A new study determined at the ocean bottom the frequencies at which the Earth naturally vibrates, and confirmed the viability of using ocean instruments to study the phenomenon.


Zhongni Glacier Retreat, China and Hydropower

Zhongni Glacier changes from in Landsat images from 1994 to 2015. The red arrow is the 1994 terminus, yellow arrow the 2015 terminus, purple dots the snowline and purple arrows lakes adjacent to the margin of the western glacier in 1994. Zhongni Glacier is 15 km northwest of Gangotri Glacier just across the border into China.  The glacier drains in to the Langgen Zangbo, which becomes the Sutlej River in India. …


Cartogram maps provide new view of climate change risk

Scientists have developed cartograms — maps that convey information by contorting areas — to visualize the risks of climate change in a novel way.


5 December 2017

Your Tuesday Top 5: Five Resources for Creating Your Scientific Poster

Conference posters are one of the most effective ways to communicate your work quickly to an audience, and poster presentations are on the rise. Posters can come in many forms and designs, but the most successful posters are simple and to-the point. Many of us here at AGU will create or review posters in New Orleans next week. If you are interacting with posters next week or in the future, …