Moscone West during oral sessions. Credit: AGU

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 Wednesday thru Friday are presented below; sessions taking place on Monday and Tuesday were covered in an earlier post. 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.

Publishing Your ResearchThursday, 12:30-13:30, Marriott Marquis- Salons 1 and 2. Join Delores Knipp, Editor in Chief, Space Weather; Brooks Hanson, AGU Director of Publications; Fiona Sarne, Wiley Editor; and Sarah Garfunkel, Wiley Senior Marketing Manager, as they provide insight into publishing with the AGU. Topics will include guidance on preparing a paper for submission, navigating the intricacies of the peer review process, responding to reviewers, how editors make decisions, publication ethics, available author services, and enhancing the impact of your published paper.


  • U53A: New Horizons at Pluto-Charon: Results from the First Months of Data Return, Friday, 13:40-15:40, Moscone South-102. Matt Fillingim (Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics)

Town Halls

  • TH33C: How to author a scientific manuscript in geomorphology and related sciences, Wednesday, 12:30-13:30, Moscone West-2006. Amy East (Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface)

Atmospheric Sciences

  • A33R: Toward a Better Understanding of Moist Processes and Their Role in the Climate System I, Wednesday, 13:40-15:40, Moscone West-3012. There are 8 extraordinary speakers in a row with diverse approaches spanning scales from local to global but all aimed at understanding climate variability and sensitivity. Robert Pincus (Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems)
  • A53E: Convection across Scales: Aggregation, Organization, and Stochasticity II, Friday, 13:40-15:40, Moscone West-3004. The session is oriented around understanding the hot problem of convective organization, its possible impact on climate (including tropical cyclones!), and in how to represent the important effects in large-scale models. Robert Pincus (Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems)


  • B31E-05: Biosphere-Atmosphere Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems III, Wednesday, 08:00-10:00, Moscone West- 2004. Good opportunity for students to see some biogeoscience research done by students and also see how to effectively pitch an idea. Several of these are lead or contributing authors and they represent a nice spectrum of the kinds of things we publish. Ankur Desai (Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences)


  • H34C: Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing: Processes, Monitoring, Stewardship, and Solutions II, Wednesday, 16:00-18:00, Moscone West-3014. Jean Bahr (Water Resources Research)

Near Surface Geophysics

  • NS51A: Joint Inversion Methods and Other Interpretation, Friday, 08:00-12:20, Moscone South. Max Moorkamp (Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth)
  • NS53A: Strategies to Integrate Multidisciplinary Geophysical Data, Friday, 13:40-15:40, Moscone West-3024. Integration of diverse geophysical and geological data is receiving increasing attention in academic research and industry alike. In this session new developments in combining a variety of data will be presented on scales ranging from a few meters to exploration geophysics and studies of the Earth’s crust. Max Moorkamp (Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth)

Ocean Sciences

  • OS43B: US CLIVAR Session on the Global Energy Balance, Ocean Heat Content, and the Warming Hiatus II, Thursday, 13:40 – 15:40, Moscone West-3009. Meghan Cronin (Geophysical Research Letters)
  • OS51C: Enhancing Our Understanding, Monitoring, and Forecasting of the 2014-2015 El Nino and Its Relationship with the Record Warming in the North Pacific I, Friday, 08:00-10:00, Moscone West-3009. Meghan Cronin (Geophysical Research Letters)

Planetary Sciences

  • P31A: Earth Analogues as Case Studies for Martian Geological Materials and Processes III, Wednesday, 8:00-13:40, Moscone South. Comparative planetology is essential to understand the diversity of landforms and processes on terrestrial planets – learn about exciting field expeditions in Mars-like environments. David Baratoux (Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets)
  • P41E: Exploring the Kuiper Belt: New Horizons Reaches the Pluto System I, Thursday, 08:00-10:00, Moscone West-2022-2024. Matt Fillingim (Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics)
  • P51A: Detailed looks at the newest data from the Pluto-Charon system, Friday, 08:00-12:20 Moscone South-Poster Hall. Steve Hauck (Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets)
  • DI52B: What Lies Beneath: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Probing the Structure and Evolution of Planetary Interiors II, Friday, 10:20-12:20. Moscone South-308. If you think exploring Earth’s interior is difficult, imagine trying to explore the interiors of other planets! New insights, observed and theoretical, will be shared here as to interior structures and compositions of other planets. Michael Wysession (Geophysical Research Letters)
  • P54A: Exploring the Kuiper Belt: New horizons Reaches the Pluto System III, Friday, 16:00-18:00, Moscone West-2007. Matt Fillingim (Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics)

Space Physics and Aeronomy

  • SM41I: Exploring Magnetopause Reconnection with MMS,  Thursday, 08:00-10:00, Moscone West- 2018. This session will focus on first measurements from the 4-spacecraft NASA Magnetospheric MultiScale Mission. It will present the first ever observations of the electron scale physics associated with magnetic reconnection in collision-less space plasmas. Benoit Lavraud (Geophysical Research Letters)

Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior

  • DI34A: Mantle Plumes from Head to Toe I, Wednesday, 14:00-18:00, Moscone South-301. A combination of fluid dynamic modeling, thermochemistry, and seismic imaging provides new insights into the structure and dynamics of mantle plumes and their interactions with the lithosphere. Michael Wysession (Geophysical Research Letters)
  • DI41B: State of the Earth’s Core II,  Thursday, 08:00-10:00, Moscone South-303. Research and advances in our understanding of Earth’s core are more rapid and vigorous now than at any time in the last few decades, as a suite of new magnetothermochemical models of core dynamics strive to explain the lopsided structure of inner core anisotropy. Michael Wysession (Geophysical Research Letters)

—Brooks Hanson, Director of Publications, AGU; email:


Hanson, B. (2015), AGU editor suggestions for navigating the Fall Meeting, part II, Eos, 96, Published on 10 December 2015.

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