Archive | October, 2011

Imaggeo on Mondays: Stretching to the Light

31 Oct

Stretching to the Lights, Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA. Image by Valeria Volpe, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons License.

Imaggeo is the online open access geosciences image repository of the European Geosciences Union. Every geoscientist who is an amateur photographer (but also other people) can submit their images to this repository. Being open access, it can be used by scientists for their presentations or publications as well as by the press. If you submit your images to imaggeo, you retain full rights of use, since they are licenced and distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

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EGU Geosciences Communications Fellowship for professional journalists

28 Oct

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is offering fellowships for journalists to report on ongoing research in the geosciences. Successful applicants will receive up to €5k to cover expenses related to their projects, including following scientists on location.

The EGU invites proposals from professional, active journalists to report in the working media on ongoing research within the earth, planetary and space sciences. Competitive proposals will (1) focus on a topic in the geosciences (including planetary and space sciences) with potential broad public appeal, (2) preferably feature leading Europe-based researcher(s), and (3) outline an original, creative, and well-informed approach to the portrayal of the subject.

The winning proposal(s) will receive up to €5K (part as an advance, part upon successful completion) to cover expenses related to the project, and assistance in liaising with scientists. This support is intended to allow the EGU Geosciences Communications Fellow(s) to follow geoscientists on location and to develop in-depth understanding of their questions, approaches, findings and motivation. It is expected that the winning journalist(s) will publish at least one substantial item reporting on their project. Products could include text (such as a feature article in print or electronic media, or a book), still or moving visuals, or audio reportage, and may be published in any European language. The winning project must be completed within 12 months of the date of the award. The EGU will not claim revenues from products resulting from the project, but should be given full access to these products for further dissemination via the EGU website.

For more information, including the application procedure visit the Press Release on the EGU website.

Imaggeo on Mondays: Akutan Volcano, Alaska

24 Oct

Akutan Volcano, Alaska. Image by Michael Jackson, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons License.

High winds create lenticular clouds off Shishaldin Volcano in the Aleutian Islands. UNAVCO staff installed 16 integrated geophysical instruments including GPS, seismic, tilt, meteorologic instruments on Unimak Island as part of the EarthScope Project.

Imaggeo is the online open access geosciences image repository of the European Geosciences Union. Every geoscientist who is an amateur photographer (but also other people) can submit their images to this repository. Being open access, it can be used by scientists for their presentations or publications as well as by the press. If you submit your images to imaggeo, you retain full rights of use, since they are licenced and distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Glacial Balance

21 Oct

Some of you may know me already since Jennifer was kind enough to introduce me in a previous blog post. For those of you who don’t, I am EGU’s Media and Communications Officer, who joined the EGU Executive Office in Munich in early September.

One of the perks of this job is receiving e-mails advertising interesting and exciting geosciences-related initiatives. In my first post on the EGU blog, I’d like to tell you about one of these, which popped up in my inbox just a few days ago.

The e-mail was from Ethan Steinman, a filmmaker based in Seattle, US, who wrote to me about his latest project, “Glacial Balance”. This documentary film shows the effects of climate change on Andean glaciers. In Ethan’s words:

“Glacial Balance is a look at the effects of Andean glaciers on the lives of those depending on their existence. Getting to know the individuals and lives of those who will be first affected by the dwindling glacier reserve, the canaries in the mine. For our journey we will be accompanied by an international team of glaciologists and paleoclimatologists who will give us a perspective on what is really happening and what we can expect. Our end goal, to bring home the global warming debate and understand just how this will affect us, the viewer. Regardless of the city, country, racial or ethnic background… we will all be affected, unless action is taken.”

The film features stunning views of the Andean landscape, and takes the viewer in an exciting journey through the Andes, from Argentina to Colombia. It includes interviews with famous personalities and renowned geoscientists, such as Al Gore and Dr. Lonnie Thompson, a member of the team accompanying Ethan to South America.

Ethan’s goal is to have the film completed in early March next year. At the moment, he’s trying to raise money for post-production expenses.

I’d love to see this documentary ready in time for EGU’s General Assembly in April, not only because I think it is a worthwhile and interesting project, but also because Ethan accepted to show it in the 2012 edition of the GeoCinema. There’s a campaign on at IndieGoGo, and I have donated already. Maybe you’d like to help Ethan out too?

By Bárbara Ferreira, EGU’s Media and Communications Officer

New initiative from the EGU

19 Oct

In response to EGU members’ requests individually and at Town Hall meetings at the General Assemblies 2010 and 2011, the European Geosciences Union is trialling a mentoring scheme for members. Initially this will be for female mentees (mentors can be of either gender).

The mentoring scheme is designed so that face-to-face contact is not vital and is meant to be an enriching experience for both the mentor and mentee. Guidelines will be issued to both parties before the start of the mentoring process. You can be both a mentor and mentee in the same cycle of partnerships. Mentees can be from undergraduate level and above, mentors can be masters students and above. We encourage applications from mentors from all sectors of the Geosciences e.g. industry, government, academia.

To ensure your inclusion in this exciting initiative, please submit your details before the 31 October. The sign up forms for Mentors and Mentees are online. Information on the scheme is online via the EGU webpage. Mentoring partnerships will be provided with guidelines and agree a partnership contract concerning types and frequency of meetings and the topics to be covered.

We will try to consider all of your requests when assigning mentoring partnerships. If you have further questions, please email Jennifer Holden.

Imaggeo on Mondays: Mother of Pearl Cloud

17 Oct

Mother of Pearl Cloud above Esrange, Sweden. Image by Peggy Achtert, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons License.

This image shows a Polar Stratospheric Cloud (PSC) observed during a lidar campaign at Esrange, northern Sweden, on January 27th, 2011. The lidar measurement revealed that the PSC occurred between 29 and 31 km altitude at a temperature below -93°C. PSCs are most commonly observed between 18 and 26 km altitude during polar winter when ambient temperatures drop below -83°C. The name “Mother of Pearl Cloud” only refers to the visible kind of PSC that is made up of ice crystals. The recording of PSC observations started in 1893 when Henrik Mohn published his collected data of iridescent clouds over southern Sweden. It was him who called this phenomenon “Mother of Pearl Cloud” because of the cloud’s brilliant iridescence.

Imaggeo is the online open access geosciences image repository of the European Geosciences Union. Every geoscientist who is an amateur photographer (but also other people) can submit their images to this repository. Being open access, it can be used by scientists for their presentations or publications as well as by the press. If you submit your images to imaggeo, you retain full rights of use, since they are licenced and distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

European Geosciences Union at GSA Annual Meeting 2011

10 Oct

If you’re attending the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Minneapolis this week, come and visit the EGU booth (#457) in the exhibition hall. We’re here Monday and Tuesday (9am-6pm), along with Wednesday (9am-2pm).

EGU booth Minneapolis

Imaggeo on Mondays: Alpine Wetland

10 Oct

High Altitude Wetland in the Alps, Switzerland. Image by Christine Schleupner, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons License.

High altitude wetlands are scenic and unique ecosystems that fulfill important hydrological functions and provide many ecosystem services. They also serve as geo-archives and play a role in greenhouse-gas emissions, just to name a few things.

The photograph has been taken at the Riffelsee (2770 m) near Zermatt, Switzerland. The small lake surrounded by wet-meadows and cottongrass is famous for its reflection of the Matterhorn. In a current project at the Research Unit Sustainability and Global Change in Hamburg distribution and services of such wetlands are evaluated and integrated into interdisciplinary models.

Imaggeo is the online open access geosciences image repository of the European Geosciences Union. Every geoscientist who is an amateur photographer (but also other people) can submit their images to this repository. Being open access, it can be used by scientists for their presentations or publications as well as by the press. If you submit your images to imaggeo, you retain full rights of use, since they are licenced and distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Imaggeo on Mondays: Oasis Valley

3 Oct

Oasis Valley, Nevada, USA. Image by Jean-Daniel Champagnac, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons License.

This picture has been taken from the air (small plane) during fieldwork in Alaska during 2009. Oasis valley is located between frontal lobes of Fan and Bremner glaciers (143.57°W; 60.87°N). The orange colour is from sand that have been brought in by the glaciers, and carved by rivers.

Imaggeo is the online open access geosciences image repository of the European Geosciences Union. Every geoscientist who is an amateur photographer (but also other people) can submit their images to this repository. Being open access, it can be used by scientists for their presentations or publications as well as by the press. If you submit your images to imaggeo, you retain full rights of use, since they are licenced and distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.