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AGU Editor Suggestions for Navigating the Fall Meeting, Part I

AGU's journal editors provide suggestions and recommendations of sessions and talks of particular interest.

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The upcoming AGU Fall Meeting includes more than 21,000 abstracts in hundreds of sessions. To help attendees navigate the meeting, we asked AGU’s journal editors to provide some suggestions and recommendations of sessions and talks that in particular might be of cross-disciplinary interest. The recommended sessions taking place Monday and Tuesday are presented below; sessions taking place on Wednesday thru Friday will be covered in a second post this Thursday. For the most part these are in addition to award or other Union talks— these are already featured in the “on-demand” listings on the meeting site or highlighted within each section and focus group. The editor who recommended the session or talk is included at the end of each listing. Enjoy!

For additional sessions of interest, please see the full Fall Meeting program and the on-demand listings.

Town Halls

  • TH25J: The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP),  Monday, 18:15-19:15, Moscone West-2008. An opportunity to contribute to a discussion and white paper on future research directions of tectonics and structural geology. Nathan Niemi (Tectonics)
  • TH15B: A Conversation with DJ Patil, Chief Data Scientist of the United States, Monday, 18:15-19:15, Moscone South-104. DJ was appointed to the White House in early 2015 and is responsible for helping shape US policies and practices around data and technology. This talk will kick off other data-related activities at the Fall Meeting, including a Data Fair Tuesday-Thursday afternoon at 1530-1630 in the Exhibit Hall. There will be a panel discussions each day aimed at connecting researchers with repositories, data providers, and facilities. The fair will also include a map of data repository exhibitors and other data-related information. Further details on the program are here. Brooks Hanson (Director of Publications)

Atmospheric Sciences

  • A11S-01: Quantifying Aviation Impacts on Air Quality and Climate I, Monday, 08:00-10:00, Moscone West-3001. Aviation is growing rapidly and not only affects climate but will itself be affected by climate change. This talk will provide an updated perspective on the latest research. Paul Williams (Geophysical Research Letters)
  •  A12C: Atmospheric Ice Formation Processes and Impacts II, Monday, 10:20-12:20, Moscone West-3008. This session features new understanding of both the role of ice nucleation biases in estimates of the climate sensitivity by global climate models and of ice nucleation itself as a result of controlled laboratory experiments and field experiments. Steve Ghan (Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres)

Biogeosciences

  • B11G: Organic Matter and an Integrated Signal of Climate and Land Use Change from Source to Sea, Monday, 08:00-12:00, Moscone South-Poster Hall. A broad, multidisciplinary look into novel, cutting-edge research designed to understand organic matter cycling over multiple terrestrial, fresh-water, and marine environments – a must attend session! Miguel Goni (Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences)
  • B13J: Organic Matter and an Integrated Signal of Climate and Land Use Change from Source to Sea, Monday, 13:40-15:40, Moscone West-2006. A broad, multidisciplinary look into novel, cutting-edge research designed to understand organic matter cycling over multiple terrestrial, fresh-water, and marine environments – a must attend session! Miguel Goni (Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences)

Education

  • ED11F: Climate Literacy in Multidisciplinary Higher Education I, Monday, 08:00-10:00, Moscone South-303. Adina Paytan (Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems)
  • ED13H-04: Climate Engineering: A Nexus of Ethics, Science and Governance, Monday, 14:25 – 14:40, Moscone South-310. Alan Robock (Reviews of Geophysics)

Hydrology

  • H14B: Drought, Groundwater Management, and Long-Term Groundwater Sustainability in the Western United States: Assessment, Monitoring, Modeling, Planning, Management, and Policy I, Monday, 16:00-18:00 Moscone West-3011. Jean Bahr (Water Resources Research)

Near Surface Geophysics

  • PP11E:  Sea Levels and Ice Sheets during Past Warm Periods: Looking to the Past to Understand the Future I, Monday, 08:00-10:00 , Moscone West-3014. Adina Paytan (Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems)

Ocean Sciences

  • OS12A: Ocean Change in the Anthropocene: Implications for Climate, Ecosystems, and Societies I, Monday, 10:20 – 12:20, Moscone West-3009. Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher (Global Biogeochemical Cycles)
  • OS13A: Ocean Change in the Anthropocene: Implications for Climate, Ecosystems, and Societies II, Monday, 13:40 – 18:00, Moscone South Poster Hall. Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher (Global Biogeochemical Cycles)
  • OS14A: Ocean Change in the Anthropocene: Implications for Climate, Ecosystems, and Societies III, Monday, 16:00 – 18:00, Moscone West-3009. Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher (Global Biogeochemical Cycles)

Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology

  • PP11E: Sea Levels and Ice Sheets during Past Warm Periods: Looking to the Past to Understand the Future I, Monday, 08:00-10:00,  Moscone West-3014. Adina Paytan (Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems)

Planetary Sciences

  • P11A: Poster 2054, A Quantitative Criterion for Defining Planets, Monday, 08:00-12:20, Moscone South-Poster Hall. This will likely address the continuing controversy of what defines a planet. Sabine Stanley (Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets)
  • P12A: Results From the MAVEN Mission to Mars I, Monday, 10:20-12:20, Moscone West-3002. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) satellite has just completed its first Earth-year in orbit around the Red Planet, and the first batch of papers have been released in Science and Geophysical Research Letters. Many of these initial studies, and their follow-up investigations, will be presented to the AGU community in these sessions. Matt Fillingim and Mike Liemohn (Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics)
  • P13D: Results from the MAVEN Mission to Mars II, Monday, 13:40-15:40, Moscone West-2009. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) satellite has just completed its first Earth-year in orbit around the Red Planet, and the first batch of papers have been released in Science and Geophysical Research Letters. Many of these initial studies, and their follow-up investigations, will be presented to the AGU community in these sessions. Matt Fillingim and Mike Liemohn (Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics)
  • P21A: Results from the Maven Mission to Mars III, Tuesday, 08:00-12:20, Moscone South-Poster Hall. Matt Fillingim (Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics)
  • P23C: Earth Analogues as Case Studies for Martian Geological Materials and Processes I, Tuesday, 13:40-15:40, Moscone West-2007. David Baratoux (Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets)
  • P24A: Earth Analogues as Case Studies for Martian Geological Materials and Processes II, Tuesday, 16:00-18:00, Moscone West-2007. David Baratoux (Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets)

 Seismology

  • DI13C: Seismic Anisotropy across Scales in the Mantle I, Monday, 13:40-15:40, Moscone South-301. The range of occurrences of seismic anisotropy in the mantle is still puzzling to geoscientists, but this session tackles the problem by looking at it over a wide range of spatial scales, from microscopic structure to long-wavelength seismic waves. Michael Wysession (Geophysical Research Letters)
  • U24A: Frontiers in Geosystems: Deep Earth-Surface Interactions, Tuesday, 16:00-18:00, Moscone West-3002. This session promises to be a lot of fun! It features a discussion of recent advances on the quantitative connections between core and mantle, lithosphere and exosphere, as well as geology and biology. Eight invited speakers will share their insights into how planets evolve as systems, with implication for Earth’s past and present dynamics. The session also serves to kick off a special section in G-Cubed. Thorsten Becker (Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems)

Space Physics and Aeronomy

  • SA23E: Geospace Storms: Synergy between Observations, Modeling, Theory, and Data Assimilation, Tuesday, 13:40 – 15:40, Moscone West-2016. Geospace storms bring us not only amazing auroral displays as far south as San Francisco, but also damaging effects to technological assets in orbit and on the ground. This session brings together cutting edge numerical modeling and theoretical analysis with the latest observations of near-Earth space to understand these tumultuous episodes of intense space weather. Mike Liemohn (Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics)

Technophysics

  • T11D: Crustal Structure and Evolution across the Continental United States from 10 Years of Earthscope Investigations: What Have We Learned and What Are the Open Questions? Monday, 08:00-12:20, Moscone South-Poster Hall. Ten years after the initiation of EarthScope, an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of this extraordinary experiment and discuss new and existing questions on the tectonic evolution of the United States. Nathan Niemi (Tectonics)
  • DI21B: Slabs in Earth’s Mantle: Where Do They Go and How Do They Interact with the Mantle? II, Tuesday, 08:00 – 10:00, Moscone South-303.We have known for a while that subducting lithosphere drives mantle convection, but advances in mineral physics, convection modeling, and seismic imaging are now letting us explore the second-order features that give us clues to what actually happen to slabs when they subduct, such as slab stagnation, slab buckling, and slab-plume interactions. Michael Wysession (Geophysical Research Letters)
  • T24B: Orogenic Evolution from the Middle Crust to Earth’s Surface Posters II,  Tuesday, 16:00-18:00 Moscone South-Poster Hall. A suite of interesting talks on applications of detrital thermochronologic and cosmogenic methods to understanding the timing and pace of orogenesis. Nathan Niemi (Tectonics)

Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology

  • V24A: Glacial Cycles and volcanism on Land and Undersea. Tuesday, 16:00-18:00, Moscone South-102. This session explores possible linkages between glacial cycles, mid-ocean ridge magmatism, hydrothermal activity, abyssal hill growth, volcanic degassing, arc volcanism, and glacial CO2 cycles.  Gail Christeson (Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth)

—Brooks Hanson, Director of Publications, AGU; email: [email protected]