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EGU2012 photo competition results

30 Apr

The three 2012 General Assembly photo competition winners are:

1st Prize (214 votes): Melt Stream, Greenland by Ian Joughin, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

2nd Prize (142 votes): Burst by Melissa Bukovsky, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

3rd Prize (135 votes): Icy Landscape by Lucien von Gunten, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

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Photo Competition at the General Assembly: the finalists!

23 Apr

The selection committee received close to 300 photos for this year’s EGU Photo Competition, in most areas covered by Union’s activities. The ten stunning finalist photos are below. Do you have a favourite? Vote for it! The photos are exhibited in Hall X (basement, Blue Level) of the Austria Center Vienna, where you will also find voting terminals. The results will be announced on Friday 27 April during the lunch break.

Water or new iridescent fluid? by Alessandro Arato, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Burst, by Melissa Bukovsky, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Nacreous clouds in Husavik, by Sigurjon Jonsson, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Icy landscape by Lucien von Gunten, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Terraced rice field, Yunnan, China by Samiksha Volvaiker, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Russell Fjord (detail) by Jean-Daniel Champagnac, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

The beauty of ice by Romain Schläppy, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Nevada landscape near Las Vegas by Norbert Krupp, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Melt stream, Greenland by Ian Joughin, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Flat in the mountains by Olivier Galland, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

Financial Support for EGU GA 2012

11 Nov

A limited amount of the overall budget of the EGU General Assembly 2012 is reserved to assist young scientists to attend the assembly. The financial support may include waiving of the registration fee and a refund of the Abstract Processing Charge (APC) related to the abstract for which support was requested. Additionally, the grant may include a support for travel expenditures.

The European Geosciences Union’s definition of Young Scientist is available online and is below: by 1 January of the year when the award is presented the scientist should be:

  • be in age 35* or younger.
  • be an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters/PhD) student or have received her/his highest degree qualification (e.g., BSc, MSc, PhD) within the last seven years*.

* Where appropriate, up to one year of parental leave time may be added per child.

Please note, that the Abstract Processing Charge (APC) is also applied in case of support applications.

Each support award is granted to the contact author for a particular abstract. Should this abstract be withdrawn before the meeting or should this abstract not be presented at the meeting although the author who has been awarded is present at the meeting, the award has to be returned, i.e. the author in question will be asked to register and, if necessary, to pay back the money received. Awards cannot be transferred!

There are currently three different financial support schemes run by the European Geosciences Union.

  1. Young Scientist’s Travel Award for Europeans (YSTA): This award includes a free registration together with a refund of the Abstract Processing Charge (APC) related to the abstract for which support was requested. Depending on the decision of the Support Committee an additional financial support for the travel expenditures with a maximum of €300 could be granted as well. Only the granted amount mentioned in the financial support email will be paid out to the supported contact author personally during the EGU General Assembly 2012.
  2. Adrian Gill Travel Award (AGTA): For a young scientist from Britain to take part in a session of the Atmospheric Sciences or Ocean Sciences programme. This award includes a free registration together with a refund of the Abstract Processing Charge (APC) related to the abstract for which support was requested. Depending on the decision of the Support Committee an additional financial support for the travel expenditures with a maximum of €300 could be granted as well. Only the granted amount mentioned in the financial support email will be paid out to the supported contact author personally during the EGU General Assembly 2012.
  3. Keith Runcorn Travel Award for Non-Europeans (KRTA): This award includes a free registration together with a refund of the Abstract Processing Charge (APC) related to the abstract for which support was requested. Depending on the decision of the Support Committee an additional financial support for the travel expenditures with a maximum of €500 could be granted as well. Only the granted amount mentioned in the financial support email will be paid out to the supported contact author personally during the EGU General Assembly 2012.

Scientists, who wish to apply for financial support must be the principal author of their contribution, and they must submit an abstract by 15 December 2011. The EGU support selection committee will decide about the support of individual contribution until 28 January 2012. All applicants will be informed afterwards.

For the submission of your abstract/application for financial support, please follow the normal procedure and tick the appropriate boxes during submission. A screenshot of the first screen of the abstract submission process is shown below, the support application section is in the red box.

This information is also available on the EGU GA 2012 webpages.

Nominations for EGU Awards: deadline 15 June

8 Jun

The deadline for nominations for EGU Awards at division and union level is the 15 June 2011. Details of the process can be found on the EGU website with a checklist for nominations.

Award Winners at the 2011 Award Ceremony

Imaggeo on Mondays: Water Angel

23 May

Water Angel

A “water angel” seems to appear in the upper part of the Trift Glacier Lake in the Swiss Alps. This image was a finalist in the EGU GA 2011 Photo Competition.

Image by Romain Schläppy, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence.

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.

3D reconstructions of ancient arachnids

13 May

One of the finalists in the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011 Photo Competition was an image from Russell Garwood. This image was not a traditional photograph but a 3D reconstruction of a 312 million year old arachnid Eophrynus prestvicii, from a CT scan of the fossil. The image itself will be the feature for the Imaggeo Mondays post on 16th May. However, due to the different nature of the image Russell has put together a brief description of the image and how it was created.

Russell Garwood is a invertebrate palaeontologist who is currently based at the Natural History Museum in London. He has a personal research webpage. He presented work on Tomographic reconstruction in palaeontology at the EGU General Assembly 2011.

Many Carboniferous fossils, such as this specimen of Eophrynus prestvicii, are found as three-dimensional voids within siderite (iron carbonate) concretions. This means that traditional palaeontological techniques – for example, splitting the rock open and inspecting the surface revealed – result in incomplete data recovery. Such limitations can be overcome with the aid of x-ray micro-tomography (XMT), a high-resolution form of CT scanning. This remarkably complete specimen of Eophrynus prestvicii was first described in 1871, and was used three years ago to test the applicability of XMT to siderite-hosted fossils, resulting in this image. The XMT provided a slice-based (tomographic) dataset. Custom software (called SPIERS) was used to threshold and clean each slice, and then define regions of interest. This allowed the limbs to be rendered separately and coloured. The image you see was then created by outputting a finished ‘virtual fossil’ as a mesh, and using the open source ray-tracer Blender to model it under user-defined lighting conditions. The reconstruction reveals an arachnid with heavy armour – presumably a defensive adaptation – and also showed, for the first time, the mouthparts (or chelicerae) of the species. Representatives of the order to which this species belongs, the Trigonotarbida, were amongst the earliest terrestrial predators. While this Carboniferous (~311 million year old) specimen postdates these early examples of the order by many millions of years, it too was a predator, probably running down its prey with its long limbs. The same techniques has now been applied to a wide range of the arthropods living in these Carboniferous coal forests. The image first appeared in the publication Garwood et al. (2009). A more comprehensive introduction to these techniques can be found in the publication Garwood et al. (2010).

Garwood, R.J., Dunlop, J.A. & Sutton, M.D. 2009. High-fidelity X-ray micro-tomography reconstruction of siderite-hosted Carboniferous arachnids. Biology Letters, 5(6):841-844. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2009.0464 link, , requires subscription for full article]
Garwood, R.J., Rahman, I.A. & Sutton, M.D. 2010. From clergymen to computers – the advent of virtual palaeontology. Geology Today, 26(3):96-100.
doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2451.2010.00753.x link, requires subscription for full article

Imaggeo on Mondays: Flow

9 May

Folded Cretaceous Calcarenite layers.

Image by Jose Julian Esteben, distributed by EGU under a Creative Commons licence. This image was awarded second place in the EGU GA 2011 Photo Competition.

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.

Photo Competition Announcement 12:15 on Friday

7 Apr

The winner of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011 photo competition will be announced at 12:15 on Friday 8th April in the Crystal Lounge, on the 1st floor (Green Level). The deadline for voting is 16:00 on Thursday, 7 April.

Tuesday Medalists at EGU GA 2011 (2)

6 Apr

The Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal is presented to Stuart Lane for his critical contributions to our understanding of the basic processes in rivers affecting river flow, sediment transport and river ecology through the combination of detailed field work, advanced data collection techniques and critical theoretical insights as well as for his leadership in communicating geomorphological expertise to practitioners’ in landscape management and planning.

The Augustus Love Medal is presented to Bradford Hager for his outstanding contributions in modelling the geoid and large-scale mantle flow, and for his pioneering application of space-geodetic techniques to problems in tectonics.

The John Dalton Medal is presented to Peter A. Troch for his seminal contributions to hydrology in the areas of modelling, remote sensing and development of new ecohydrologic theories.

The Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists is presented to Boris J.P. Kaus for his contribution to the understanding of geodynamical processes over a wide range of scales from crystal mushes to the lithosphere and mantle.

The Fridtjof Nansen Medal is awarded to Bert Rudels for his leadership in developing ocean observing systems for climate research and forecasting and for fundamental contributions to our understanding of the polar ocean's role in climate.

The Milutin Milankovic Medal Lecture is presented to Andrey Ganopolski for his pioneering contributions to the development of Earth system models of intermediate complexity and to the understanding of the role of climate system feedbacks and the link between Milankovich forcing and global glaciation.

The Louis Néel Medal is presented to Ernest Henry Rutter for his major experimental and field contributions to our fundamental understanding of the deformation behaviour of the Earth’s lithosphere. In particular, his systematic laboratory studies have led to a greatly improved understanding of natural rock deformation.

EGU GA 2011 Union Award Ceremony

6 Apr

New at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011 is an official Awards Ceremony where all the medal and award winners across the Union are honoured (session details). It will also be Webstreamed.

Please come join us at the EGU 2011 Award Ceremony which will take place on Wednesday 6 April, 17:30-20:00, Room D (Blue Level, basement). We will first recognize on stage all Division Outstanding Young Scientist Awardees and Division Medallist.

Then, Union Service Awards, Arne Richter Outstanding Young Scientist Awards and Union Medals will be presented to the respective recipients, including citationists and response. We very much encourage everyone to come in honouring our EGU award recipients for 2011 in this gala ceremony. Refreshments will be served.