This is part 2 of recommendations from AGU editors and staff of particularly interesting and accessible sessions and presentations at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting. This collection covers sessions and events on Wednesday thru Friday. For Monday and Tuesday see here.
Have your own suggestion of an interdisciplinary session? Please provide your recommendation in the comments section below and help attendees navigate the meeting (signed suggestions only).
In addition to general tips and highlights, other suggestions and recommendations are grouped as follows:
Energy and Other Policy, General issues in Science, and Professional Development
Space and Planets
Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate
Hydrology and Earth’s Surface
Solid Earth Geophysics and Tectonics
A variety of sessions throughout the week cover broad aspects of ethics and open data including:
- A series of sessions organized around AGU’s effort to stop harassment.
- And the sessions around open data noted above, which are related to several other sessions, including: IN42A: Reproducible Research in Geosciences with Emphasis on Provenance of Information as an Essential Component I. Thursday, 15 December 2016 10:20 – 12:20 Moscone West – 2000; adjoining a town hall on doing reproducible research and IN53D: Darth Data: Awaken the Forces to Rescue Old Data for New Discoveries! II Friday, 16 December 2016 13:40 – 15:40 Moscone South – 104. This session provides several examples from diverse fields of the value of old data and is related to a poster session, and a Town Hall on Thursday evening presenting the International Data Rescue Award.
Others related broadly to policy and practice include:
- PA31A Climate Change Impacts on the Transportation Sector Posters Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:00 – 12:20 Moscone South- Poster Hall. The public debate about climate change has finally moved on from ‘Is it happening?’ and ‘Is it caused by humans?’ to ‘What are the surprising and unexpected impacts going to be?’ Paul Williams (Geophysical Research Letters).These two sessions (PA31A, ED41B) are excellent examples of surprising new climate research. The first session focuses on the impacts of climate change on aviation and ground transport. The second session explores how the arts can help in communicating climate impacts. Paul Williams (Geophysical Research Letters)
- PA44B GeoHealth-Innovative Research at the Intersection of Geoscience and Health Science II. Thursday, 15 December 2016 16:00 – 18:00 Moscone South – 104. This session provides an overview of many of the topics covered under the interdisciplinary topic of geohealth and highlights a growing diverse group of talks at the meeting and emerging research discipline.
- EP41A Frontiers in EPSP: Landscape Response to a Changing Climate II Posters Thursday, 15 December 2016 08:00 – 12:20 Moscone South- Poster Hall Amy East (JGR: Earth Surface)
- H43Q Water and Society: Water Resources Management and Policy in a Changing World II Thursday, 15 December 2016 13:40 – 15:40 Moscone West- 3016 Amir Aghakouchak (Earth’s Future)
- ED41B Climate Literacy: The Climate is Changing – Are We?: The Arts as an Ally in Invoking Change Thursday, 15 December 2016 08:00 – 10:00 Moscone South- 307 Paul Williams (Geophysical Research Letters)
- TH43C Developing the 2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report – Interagency engagement opportunities with the community Thursday, 15 December 2016 12:30 – 13:30 Moscone West- 2006. Led by the U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program, the ‘2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR-2),’ focuses on U.S. and North American carbon cycle processes, stocks, and flows and associated climate change impacts in managed and unmanaged systems, including soils, oceans, rivers, wetlands, coasts/blue carbon, urban areas, agriculture and forestry. Featuring SOCCR-2 updates and relevant carbon management science perspectives and tools for supporting and informing decisions, as pertinent to the White House Climate Action Plan, U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Plan and National Climate Assessment, this public engagement activity will brainstorm next steps in the report development, review and production process, including outreach and dissemination ideas with the AGU community. Elise Pendall (JGR: Biogeosciences)
- U43A New Generation of Scientists Thursday, 15 December 2016 13:40 – 18:00 Moscone South- 102. This Union session is dedicated to the work of young and early career scientists and will honor the 2016 AGU James B. Macelwane Medalists, the Science for Solutions Award recipient and the Africa Awards for Research Excellence in Earth and Space Science. The will present their vision and challenges of the future for their respective fields. Jamie Liu (AGU).
- PA51C Earth Science in Service to the Sustainable Development Goals I Friday, 16 December 2016 08:00 – 10:00 Moscone South- 304 Daniela Ceccarelli (Geohealth). Satellite remote sensing datasets and earth observation techniques are now being applied to environmental surveillance in a comprehensive new approach in support of sustainable development. Daniela Ceccarelli (Geohealth)
- H51M Hydrology, Society, and Environmental Change: Coupled Human-Water Dynamics across Scales I Friday, 16 December 2016 08:00 – 10:00 Moscone West- 3016. This session defines interaction of human population with water resources taking into consideration large scale geophysical processes, water-ecological ecological processes (including pathogen cycles) and societal determinants, such as access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities. Daniela Ceccarelli (Geohealth). In fact, sustainable water management in the era of the Anthropocene demands an understanding of the inter-relationship between humans and water resources. The new field of socio-hydrology was introduced to deal explicitly with the long-term emergent dynamics arising from the bi-directional feedbacks between coupled human-water systems, and has seen tremendous growth in the last 5 years. Increasingly socio-hydrology needs to account for feedbacks between hydrological and social processes across different spatial and temporal scales in order to explore tradeoffs and synergies in the system, and to provide scientific support for solving pressing water resources problems. The session collects several interesting papers that will shed new light on the field of socio-hydrology. Alberto Montanari (Water Resources Research)
- SA33B Dynamics and Coupling Processes of the Ionosphere and Thermosphere at Middle and Low Latitudes during Geomagnetic Storms II Wednesday, 14 December 2016 13:40 – 15:40 Moscone West- 2016 This session focusses especially on the well-known ionospheric storms, a familiar and yet incompletely understood source of major short-term changes in the ionosphere. Phil Wilkinson (Radio Science)
- SA33A Atmospheric Gravity Wave Sources, Propagation, Instabilities, and Regional and Global Effects from the Surface into the Thermosphere and Ionosphere III Posters Wednesday, 14 December 2016 13:40 – 18:00 Moscone South- Poster Hall. This session addresses a less familiar source of ionospheric variability, atmospheric gravity waves, which may dominate if predictions about low levels of solar activity in the coming decades prove correct. Enjoy the oral sessions, and the scheduling conflicts they bring, and don’t miss the posters.Phil Wilkinson (Radio Science)
- P31A Cracking Up: Ice-Ocean Dynamics on Earth and Ocean Worlds I Posters Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:00 – 12:20 Moscone South- Poster Hall. Interdisciplinary session on how fluids and ice interact and their importance both on earth and the icy ocean worlds of the outer solar system. Steve Hauck (JGR: Planets)
- EP43D-04 Making Major Mounds on Mars: Shaping by Wind-Terrain Feedbacks Thursday, 15 December 2016 14:25 – 14:40 Moscone West- 2005; EP43D-05 Interpretation Of Wind Regime of Bagnold Dunes In Gale Crater, Guided By Third-Generation Models Of Dune Formation Thursday, 15 December 2016 14:40 – 14:55 Moscone West- 2005; EP43D-06 Uniting ripple-formation theory under water and winds: A universal scaling relation for the wavelength of fluid-drag ripples across fluids and planetary bodies Thursday, 15 December 2016 14:55 – 15:10Moscone West- 2005. These three sessions are newsworthy because they’re all making exciting advances in our abilities to understand the climate on mars through the interpretation of ripples and dunes. These features are ubiquitous on earth and other planetary surfaces so this helps grow our scientific understanding of similarities and differences among planetary environments in terms of this accessible pattern variability. Brandon McElroy (JGR: Earth Surface)
- SA42A Atmosphere-Ionosphere-Magnetosphere (AIM) Coupling Phenomena and Processes: New Observations and Understanding I Thursday, 15 December 2016 10:20 – 12:20 Moscone West 2016. Presentations addressing coupling of the Sun, solar wind, geospace and upper atmosphere in producing space weather Delores Knipp (Space Weather)
- SM53A Field-Aligned Currents, Poynting Flux, Auroral Precipitation, and Their Role in Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling IIFriday, 16 December 2016 13:40 – 15:40 Moscone West 2018. Presentations address coupling of the Sun, solar wind, geospace and upper atmosphere in producing space weather Delores Knipp (Space Weather)
- GC31I Multidisciplinary Assessments of Radiation Management Geoengineering II Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:00 – 10:00 Moscone West- 3005 Alan Robock (Reviews of Geophysics)
- V32A Twenty-Five Years of Science from the 1991 Mount Pinatubo Volcano Eruption I Wednesday, 14 December 2016 10:20 – 12:20 Moscone South- 104 Alan Robock (Reviews of Geophysics)
- U31A 2015–2016 El Niño: Global Anomalies and Societal Impacts at Regional Scale Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:00 – 10:00 Moscone West- 2020 Meghan Cronin (Geophysical Research Letters) and Chidong Zhang (JGR: Atmospheres)
- NG33D Evaluating Reanalysis: Learning about Past Weather and Climate I (Half Session) Wednesday, 14 December 2016 14:40 – 15:40 Moscone South- 104. This session will be a terrific hour. The three speakers will be describing the backbone data sets for investigating weather and climate over time — three widely-used “reanalyses” that blend observations in an optimal way to give consistent(-ish) views of climate and weather. There will be a talk on the latest edition of the gold standard, a thoughtful look at how changes in the observations map into seeming changes in the energy and water cycles, and a look at using limited information to build a view of 200 years(!) of weather. Session A22B earlier in the week deals with the same subject in all of its technical detail. Robert Pincus (JAMES)
- PP34A Aerosols, Clouds, and Paleoclimate I Wednesday, 14 December 2016 16:00 – 18:00 Moscone West- 2010 This session gathers together efforts using the long lever arm of deep time climate change to help understand today’s climate. The invited talk on “Clouds During Snowball Earth Events” will be especially entertaining, as will the talks on inferring the properties of long-vanished clouds and aerosols. Robert Pincus (JAMES)
- B31G Tropical Forests under a Changing Climate I Posters Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:00 – 12:20 Moscone South- Poster Hall and B34C Tropical Forests under a Changing Climate II Wednesday, 14 December 2016 16:00 – 18:00 Moscone West- 2004. Susan Trumbore (Global Biogeochemical Cycles)
- C33D Assessing the Stability of the Antarctic Ice Sheets and Their Contribution toward Global Sea Level I Wednesday, 14 December 2016 13:40 – 15:40 Moscone West- 3007 and C34B Assessing the Stability of the Antarctic Ice Sheets and Their Contribution toward Global Sea Level II Wednesday, 14 December 2016 16:00 – 18:00 Moscone West- 3007. These two session include several presentations of the very latest evaluations of Antarctic mass balance and response to climate change, collated from a variety of data sets and perspectives. As well as addressing temporal trends, the session includes presentations evaluating regional change across the continent and from different physical environments – together combining to influence the planet’s future sea-level change. Bryn Hubbard (JGR: Earth Surface)
- A31M Processes of Sub-Cloud Scales: Modeling, Observation, and Parameterization for Larger-Scale Models I Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:00 – 10:00 Moscone West- 3006. Clouds continue to defy our understanding and are major sources of uncertainty in weather forecasting and climate projection. Key to addressing such outstanding cloud challenges are the processes that occur on space-time scales at individual clouds or smaller, including entrainment/detrainment, turbulent mixing, turbulence, cloud microphysics, boundary layer processes, radiation; and process interactions. These sub-cloud processes, whose parameterizations will likely become more important as weather and climate models increase their resolutions, pose particular challenges to modeling studies, observations, as well as parameterization development. This session focuses on modeling (e.g., CRM, LES and DNS), observation, and parameterization of such sub-cloud processes. Also invited are studies on unified treatment of different processes, and integration from observations to theories to models. Yangang Liu (JGR: Atmospheres)
- B42A Tropical Forests under a Changing Climate III Thursday, 15 December 2016 10:20 – 12:20 Moscone West- 2020 Susan Trumbore (Global Biogeochemical Cycles)
- OS52B Ocean Salinity, Water Cycle Variability, and Science Results from Satellite Measurements I Friday, 16 December 2016 10:20 – 12:20 Moscone West- 3011 Meghan Cronin (Geophysical Research Letters)
- B51L The Fate of Carbon in Plants and Terrestrial Ecosystems: From Respiration to Allocation I Friday, 16 December 2016 08:00 – 10:00 Moscone West- 2008 Susan Trumbore (Global Biogeochemical Cycles)
- A51N Multisensor, Model, and Measurement Synergy: Global Aerosol Characterization I Friday, 16 December 2016 08:00 – 10:00 Moscone West- 3004; A52B Multisensor, Model, and Measurement Synergy: Global Aerosol Characterization II Friday, 16 December 2016 10:20 – 12:20 Moscone West- 3004; A53C Multisensor, Model, and Measurement Synergy: Global Aerosol Characterization III Posters Friday, 16 December 2016 13:40 – 18:00 Moscone South- Poster Hall. Aerosols perturb Earth’s radiation budget, its hydrological and chemical cycles, strongly impacting climate, and possibly having some influence on weather. Airborne particles also influence air quality, impairing visibility and affecting human health. Characterizing aerosol properties globally with sufficient fine-scale physical and chemical detail to address these issues requires a diversity of remote sensing, modeling, and in situ measurement techniques, plus effective techniques for integrating these elements. Reducing uncertainties in aerosol effects requires not only improving the measurements, but also continued model development and creation of new integration methods. This AGU session, now in its 12th year and comprising two oral and one poster session, has tracked the advancement of these efforts. It focuses on sharing all relevant aspects of our collective aerosol measurement, modeling, and synergistic experiences. This year submissions discuss: aerosol-data synergies; innovative products & retrieval approaches; model-data comparisons & integration; application of multi-sensor, model and/or measurement-data to a range of interdisciplinary studies. Invited speakers include Norman O’Neill (University of Sherbrooke) with a review of aerosol remote sensing in the Arctic and Paul A. Newman (NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center) developing a NASA response strategy for the next “big” volcano eruption. Rob Levy (JGR: Atmospheres)
- EP31B Surface Processes in the Anthropocene: Human Dimensions of Geomorphic Change and Anthropogenic Chronological Markers in Sediments I Posters Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:00 – 12:20 Moscone South- Poster Hall and EP34B Surface Processes in the Anthropocene: Human Dimensions of Geomorphic Change and Anthropogenic Chronological Markers in Sediments II Wednesday, 14 December 2016 16:00 – 18:00 Moscone West- 2003. The Anthropocene provides a useful framework for understanding and quantifying human modification of surface processes. Because of the ubiquitous nature of human impacts on landscapes, climate, and hazards, the framework has general application. Brandon McElroy and Amy East (JGR: Earth Surface)
- EP33E Frontiers in EPSP: Landscape Response to a Changing Climate I Wednesday, 14 December 2016 13:40 – 15:40 Moscone West- 2005 Brandon McElroy (JGR: Earth Surface)In this session implications for changing earth surface processes in response to a changing climate are addressed: (1) emerging models for predicting global climate change (2) emerging evidence linking climate to certain hazards associated with landsliding and glaciers. This sessions brings these together to help build an effective framework to better understand the changes we are seeing in our environment and predict associated hazards. Brandon McElroy and Amy East (JGR: Earth Surface)
- H33M Dual Impact of Urbanization and Climate Change on Watershed Hydrological Responses I Wednesday, 14 December 2016 13:40 – 15:40 Moscone West- 3016 Jean Bahr (Water Resources Research)
- H31I Advances in Understanding and Remote Sensing of Land-Atmosphere Interactions: From Bedrock to Boundary Layer I Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:00 – 10:00 Moscone West- 3018; H32B Advances in Understanding and Remote Sensing of Land-Atmosphere Interactions: From Bedrock to Boundary Layer II Wednesday, 14 December 2016 10:20 – 12:20 Moscone West- 301; and H33K Advances in Understanding and Remote Sensing of Land-Atmosphere Interactions: From Bedrock to Boundary Layer III Posters Wednesday, 14 December 2016 13:40 – 18:00 Moscone South- Poster Hall. These sessions are one of the most cross-cutting at AGU and are a great place to see what is happening in the latest syntheses in the sciences between hydrology, atmospheric science, remote sensing, and even geology. It also mixes observational and modeling studies – it really emphasizes the “U” in AGU. Paul Dirmeyer (JAMES)
- H41C Dual Impact of Urbanization and Climate Change on Watershed Hydrological Responses II Posters Thursday, 15 December 2016 08:00 – 12:20 Moscone South- Poster Hall Jean Bahr (Water Resources Research)
- P31E-05 IODP/ICDP Expedition 364-Drilling the Cretaceous-Paleogene Chicxulub impact crater: Insights into large craters formation and their effect on life. Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:55 – 09:07 Moscone West- 2007. Results from the first deep-sea drilling of the Chicxulub impact crater thought to be involved in the KT boundary extinction of the dinosaurs. Steve Hauck (JGR: Planets)
- V32A Twenty-Five Years of Science from the 1991 Mount Pinatubo Volcano Eruption I Wednesday, 14 December 2016 10:20 – 12:20 Moscone South- 104 Alan Robock (Reviews of Geophysics)
- T32B High-Resolution Topography and Dating in Active Tectonics I Wednesday, 14 December 2016 10:20 – 12:20 Moscone South- 306; T33D High-Resolution Topography and Dating in Active Tectonics II Wednesday, 14 December 2016 13:40 – 15:40 Moscone South – 306. Zhikun Ren and colleagues have organized what promises to be a very encompassing set of talks and posters elucidating how we obtain very high resolution spatial and temporal patterns of crustal deformation across the time scale of the earthquake cycle. Many areas on Earth are covered in these sessions. John Geissman and Nathan Nieme (Tectonics)
- DI41D G, LAB, and MLDs: What Are They Anyway? Lithospheric Boundary Structures within and beneath the Oceans and Continents I Thursday, 15 December 2016 08:00 – 10:00 Moscone South- 303 Thorsten Becker (G Cubed). Turns out that oceanic and continental plates have more structure than previously thought, challenging our understanding of thermo-chemical boundary layer dynamics in a convecting mantle. Acronyms abound, yet their significance remains debated. Recent advances indicate that we might arrive at a new understanding of what a lithosphere a lithosphere. Thorsten Becker (Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems)
- DI42A-01 An Early Geodynamo Driven by Exsolution of Mantle Components from Earth’s Core Thursday, 15 December 2016 10:20 – 10:35 Moscone South- 308; DI42A-07 The first billion years of the geodynamo and its implications for the early core Thursday, 15 December 2016 11:50 – 12:05 Moscone South- 308. When and how the geodynamo started have been active research topics in recent years. It is now well established that the inner core is too young for its growth to power the geodynamo before about 1 Ga ago. These two presentations report exciting new developments on the theoretical and observational fronts. DI42A-01 reports experimental and modeling results suggesting that giant impacts could have contributed enough energy to power the geodynamo prior to the formation of the inner core. DI42A-07 presents new paleomagnetic data suggesting the existence of a geodynamo as far back in time as 4.2 Ga ago and discusses the observational evidence for a very ancient geodynamo. Arnaud Chulliat (JGR: Solid Earth)
- T41B High-Resolution Topography and Dating in Active Tectonics III Posters Thursday, 15 December 2016 08:00 – 12:20 Moscone South- Poster Hall John Geissman (Tectonics)
Again, some general tips and highlights. Look at the Fall Meeting schedule for:
- Named lectures—these are longer presentations, up to an hour, by a selected speaker or award winner.
- Union Sessions—these includes sessions of broad interest.
- A series of events and town halls continues on using data, best practices in reproducibility and creating data management plans, and more.
- AGU On-Demand—these sessions will be live-streamed and available on-demand. These sessions and talks were selected as being of general or broad interest and are organized by topic.
- AGU Press Conferences: A number of talks and sessions will be selected for press conferences at the meeting. These will be posted about 1 week before the meeting. Look for information here and find the related sessions.
- Swirls provide paths connecting several topics (similar to the AGU on-demand topics) across sections and feature talks and sessions of broader interest and are listed here.
—Brooks Hanson, Director of Publications, AGU; email: firstname.lastname@example.org