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GeoCinema at the 2012 General Assembly

19 Apr

The hugely popular GeoCinema returns to this year’s General Assembly! Featuring 26 films ranging in content from documentaries to full-length movies, this event runs almost continuously in the GeoCinema Room on the Yellow Level from 10:30-18:45 every day of the Assembly.

A full list of films and a schedule can be found on the Assembly’s official website.

Dirt! The Movie is apparently a story with “heart and soil”.

EGU General Assembly 2012 Call for Papers

9 Nov

Abstract submission for the EGU General Assembly 2012 (EGU2012) is now open. The General Assembly is being held from Sunday 22 Apr 2012 to Friday 27 Apr 2012 at the Austria Center Vienna, Austria.

You can browse through the Sessions online.

Each Session shows the link Abstract Submission. Using this link you are asked to log in to the Copernicus Office Meeting Organizer. You may submit the text of your contribution as plain text, LaTeX, or MS Word content. Please pay attention to the First Author Rule.

The deadline for the receipt of Abstracts is 17 January 2012. In case you would like to apply for support, please submit no later than 15 December 2011. Information about the financial support available can be found on the Support and Distinction part of the EGU GA 2012 website.

Further information about the EGU General Assembly 2012 on it’s webpages. If you have any questions email the meeting organisers Copernicus.

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

Geocinema films available online (3/3)

13 May

This is the last in a series of posts (Part 1, Part 2) with descriptions and online locations of Geocinema films. A film’s inclusion in the Geocinema does not mean that EGU endorses any opinions expressed in the film. If you have a film you’d like to submit for the Geocinema at the EGU GA 2012 look out for the call.

Inspection Exercise in Jordan, 6 mins [Online]
This film discusses a simulated on-site inspection exercise that was carried out in regards to monitoring compliance of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

Listening for Nuclear Noise, 5 mins [Online]
This film discusses some of the technology used to monitor compliance of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. In particular the technology that goes into a typical infrasound monitoring station, this particular station is located in the Bavarian Forest.

EISCAT_3D, our window to geospace, 7 min [Online]
FFAB:UK, together with EISCAT Scientific Association, has produced an information film about the EISCAT_3D project. It explains the background, the concept, and some of the new science that will be possible when the EISCAT_3D facilities are completed.

Earth System Trailer, 7 mins [Online]
Trailer for a documentary feature about climate, what the scientists know, what is unknown and what needs to be done to improve our stewardship of this planet. ESS trailer explores the need for next generation supercomputing to develop climate models which are a prerequisite to predicting climate change with scientific certainty.

SNORTEX – Snow reflectance transition experiment, 10 mins [Online]
The video introduces the SNORTEX (Snow Reflectance Transition Experiment) campaign taken place in Sodankylä (lat. 67.4N), Finland, in spring 2009. An overview on the background, objectives and expected scientific outcome of the campaign is given. Experimental methods and equipment employed in ground-based and air-borne measurements of snow reflectance and characterization of snow properties are presented.

Science@ESA: Solar System, Siblings of Earth and the Moon and Titan, 54 mins total [Online, with others]
In these Science@ESA vodcasts Rebecca Barnes looks at the Solar System. We’ll discover the scale and structure of the Solar System, find out why we explore it and introduce the European missions launched on a quest to further investigate our local celestial neighbourhood. We’ll look at two of the terrestrial planets: Venus and Mars, explore their similarities and differences to Earth and find out about the European missions that are helping to unravel their mysteries. Finally we’ll look at the Earth’s Moon and Titan, two very different natural satellites in our Solar System, and find out about the two ESA missions that have explored them.

Huygens probe landing on Earthlike world, 5 mins [Online]
This short film documents spectacular descent of ESA’s Huygens on Saturn’s giant moon Titan.

Geocinema Films available online (2/3)

11 May

Did you miss a particular film during the GeoCinema at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011? Here’s the second post containing where to see films that are available online. A film’s inclusion in the Geocinema does not mean that EGU endorses any opinions expressed in the film.

Royal NIOZ, Fathoming the Sea, 10 mins [Online]
Once again a prominent scientific institute called Zcenes help in making science accessible for all who are fascinated by marine sciences. “After NWO, Utrecht University, European Science Foundation and NSF/IODP (USA), NIOZ, the Royal Dutch Maritime Research Centre, has asked us to produce a film focusing on how oceans work, global climate history, the dynamics of the coastal Waddenzee and the significance of Dutch maritime research”.

Drill Bits, 20 mins in total 5 mins for each section [Online, listed by geographical location]
Drilling into Lake Peten Itza (Guatemala) for paleoclimate studies on drill core. Scientific drilling into Lake Malawi (Malawi) for paleoclimate studies. Drilling through the San Andreas Fault at seismogenic depths. Scientific Drilling at Hawaii to investigate Hot Spot volcanism.

We are prepared – Tsunami Early Warning System, 5 mins [Online]
Describes the installation of a Tsunami Early Warning System (GITEWS) in Indonesia and shows some of the different components. It reflects the interaction as well as the human factor.

Deep Sea Observatories: Internet in the Ocean, 9 mins [Online, with other similar movies]
ESONET movie to show observatories preparation and deployment on ESONET sites.

Ocean Under Observation, 9 mins [Online, with other similar movies]
This movie explain why now we have to go a step forward in the earth and Sea observation by developing and implementing deep sea observatories that are able to provide real time or near real time data continuously, with a high sampling frequency and on long term, (more than 10 years).

Signs of Life on Mars, 5 mins [Online]
A musical video to inspire the next generation of explorers.

Geocinema Films available to view online (1/3)

9 May

Did you miss a particular film during the GeoCinema at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011? Quite a few of the films are available online. In this series of posts the descriptions and online locations of these films will be discussed. A film’s inclusion in the Geocinema does not mean that EGU endorses any opinions expressed in the film.

River Trip with Family, 5 mins [Online]
Water is life! A family experiences the element “water” in a series of different settings during a boat cruise on a river. The film gives an overview of the benefits hydrology provides to society in the context of the so-called State’s provision of general public services. It was produced by the German Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG), on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs (BMVBS) to commemorate the anniversary “200 Years of Hydrology in Germany”.

Stefano Mancuso: The roots of plant intelligence, 14 mins [Online]
Plants behave in some oddly intelligent ways: fighting predators, maximizing food opportunities … But can we think of them as actually having a form of intelligence of their own? Italian botanist Stefano Mancuso presents intriguing evidence.

Greg Stone: Saving the ocean one island at a time, 17 mins [Online]
Aboard Mission Blue, scientist Greg Stone tells the story of how he helped the Republic of Kiribati create an enormous protected area in the middle of the Pacific — protecting fish, sealife and the island nation itself.

Lee Hotz: Inside an Antarctic time machine, 10 mins [Online]
Science columnist Lee Hotz describes a remarkable project at WAIS Divide, Antarctica, where a hardy team are drilling into ten-thousand-year-old ice to extract vital data on our changing climate. Talk from TED.com, distributed under a Creative Commons License.

Rob Dunbar: Discovering ancient climates in oceans and ice, 18 mins [Online]
Rob Dunbar hunts for data on our climate from 12,000 years ago, finding clues inside ancient seabeds and corals and inside ice sheets. His work is vital in setting baselines for fixing our current climate — and in tracking the rise of deadly ocean acidification.

Michael Specter: The danger of science denial, 17 mins [Online]
Vaccine-autism claims, “Frankenfood” bans, the herbal cure craze: All point to the public’s growing fear (and, often, outright denial) of science and reason, says Michael Specter. He warns the trend spells disaster for human progress. Talk from TED.com, distributed under a Creative Commons License.

IODP 318 Wilkes Land Expedition, 20 mins [Online]
From January to March 2010, the JOIDES Resolution sailed on IODP Expedition 318 to the Antarctic coastline of Wilkes Land. During this two-month voyage a team of top international scientists explored the history of Antarctic climate changes over the past 53 million years. By drilling for unprecedented sediment cores from the bottom of the Southern Ocean, scientists can begin to understand the process behind the transition from the greenhouse world into the present icehouse world and it’s impact on global climate. This 20 minute documentary tells their story; the adventures at sea, the scientific operations and life on board.

Friday at EGU GA 2011

7 Apr

Welcome to the last day of the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna 2011.

Some union wide events of note are below. The winner of the photography competition will be announced at 12:15 in the Crystal Lounge. Home will be shown in the GeoCinema from 17:30 (for 90 minutes) and we have a chocolate and sweets stall in the Exhibition Hall.

08:30–10:20 Union Symposium. The 11 March 2011 Tohoku (Sendai) Earthquake and Tsunami, Room D. [Webstream]

10:30–13:15 Townhall Meeting. Women in Geosciences and ‘What can EGU do for Women Geoscientists?’, Room D.

13:30–15:00 Townhall Meeting. Panel Discussion on the 11 March 2011 Tohoku (Sendai) Earthquake and Tsunami, Room D. [Webstream]

GeoCinema@EGU General Assembly 2011

1 Apr

The GeoCinema is running for a second year at the General Assembly with over 40 films being shown. The GeoCinema programme is online at the meeting site and a pdf with details of the films is available.

The GeoCinema is held in the GeoCinema room on the Yellow (Ground Floor) level (pdf floorplan), which is on your left as you enter the main entrance.

 

Monday, 04 Apr 2011
10:30–10:45 Inspection Exercise in Jordan & Listening for Nuclear Noise
11:00–11:45 HIAPER
12:00–12:45 Faces of Earth: Building the Planet
13:00–13:45 Faces of Earth: Shaping the Planet
14:00–15:00 Tipping Point
15:15–16:45 Home
17:00–18:00 Ice Bound in Antarctica
18:15–18:30 Stefano Mancuso: The roots of plant intelligence
18:45–19:00 Greg Stone: Saving the ocean one island at a time

Tuesday, 05 Apr 2011
10:30–10:50 Drill Bits: Drilling into Lake Peten Itza (Guatemala) for paleoclimate studies on drill core, Scientific drilling into Lake Malawi (Malawi) for paleoclimate studies, Drilling through the San Andreas Fault at seismogenic depths and Scientific Drilling at Hawaii to investigate Hot Spot volcanism
11:00–11:45 Models and Reality, Alfred Wegener Medal Lecture by Prof. Pierre Morel
12:00–12:45 Faces of Earth: Assembling America
13:00–13:45 Faces of Earth: Human World
14:00–15:00 365 Days under Antarctic Ice
15:15–15:30 Ice Crystal, A Scientific Expedition Into the Heart of the Waterfall
15:45–16:15 The perfect eruption – Etna 2002-03
16:30–17:00 Where dinosaurs lived? Documenting Cretaceous Palaeoclimate
17:15–18:15 The Mystery of the Giant Crystals
18:30–19:00 Don’t call me earthquake

Wednesday, 06 Apr 2011
10:30–10:35 River Trip with family
10:38–10:58 Where dinosaurs lived? Documenting Cretaceous Palaeoclimate
11:01–11:06 Signs of Life on Mars
11:09–11:18 Deep Sea Observatories: Internet in the Ocean
11:18–11:27 Ocean Under Observation
11:30–11:45 EISCAT_3D, our window to geospace
12:00–12:30 Hidden Corals
12:45–13:00 The international charter on space and major disasters
13:15–13:30 Lee Hotz: Inside an Antarctic time machine
13:45–14:00 Rob Dunbar: Discovering ancient climates in oceans and ice
14:15–14:30 Michael Specter: The danger of science denial
14:45–15:15 IODP 318 Wilkes Land Expedition
15:30–15:45 Royal NIOZ, Fathoning the Sea
16:00–16:15 Rob Dunbar: Discovering ancient climates in oceans and ice
16:30–17:15 HIAPER
17:30–17:45 Future of Integrated Ocean Drilling
18:00–19:00 1755 The Lisbon Earthquake

Thursday, 07 Apr 2011
10:30–10:35 Drill Bits Drilling into Lake Peten Itza (Guatemala) for paleoclimate studies on drill core
10:35–10:40 Drill bits Scientific drilling into Lake Malawi (Malawi) for paleoclimate studies
10:40–10:45 Drill Bits Drilling through the San Andreas Fault at seismogenic depths
10:45–10:50 Drill Bits Scientific Drilling at Hawaii to investigate Hot Spot volcanism
11:00–11:45 Faces of Earth: Building the Planet
12:00–12:55 Science@ESA: Solar System, Siblings of Earth and the Moon and Titan
13:15–13:20 Huygens Probe: Landing on an Earth-like world
13:45–14:45 Tipping Point
15:00–15:10 Deep Sea Observatories: Internet in the Ocean
15:10–15:20 Ocean Under Observation
15:30–16:30 The Mystery of the Giant Crystals
16:45–17:15 Hidden Corals
17:30–17:35 River Trip with family
17:37–17:57 Where dinosaurs lived? Documenting Cretaceous Palaeoclimate
18:00–18:10 The international charter on space and major disasters
18:15–18:30 SNORTEX – Snow reflectance transition experiment
18:45–19:00 Earth System Trailer

Friday, 08 Apr 2011
10:30–11:30 365 Days under Antarctic Ice
11:45–12:15 IODP 318 Wilkes Land Expedition
12:30–13:30 Ice Bound in Antarctica
13:45–14:00 Ice Crystal, A Scientific Expedition Into the Heart of the Waterfall
14:15–14:30 We are prepared – Tsunami Early Warning System – Trailer 2008
14:45–15:15 The perfect eruption – Etna 2002-03
15:30–16:00 Don’t call me earthquake
16:15–17:15 1755 The Lisbon Earthquake
17:30–19:00 Home

GeoCinema at EGU GA 2010

30 Apr

This year, for the first time, we will have a GeoCinema at the EGU General Assembly.

The schedule day by day is shown in the individual programme group schedules and below.

Monday
10:00–10:30 Eric Sanderson pictures New York – before the City (duration: 17 minutes)
10:30–12:00 O. Borderie: Careers in Astronomy & Space (duration: 52 minutes
12:15–13:15 Roland Schlich: 365 days under Antarctic Ice (duration: 60 minutes)
13:30–14:00 Jyrki Puupponen and Jaako Järvinen: Triangulation – The Base of Mapping in Finland (duration: 30 minutes)
14:15–14:45 PEAT News Network 1-5 (duration: 30 minutes)
15:00–15:30 James Balog: Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss (duration: 22 minutes
15:30–16:00 ESA: A Breath of Venus (duration: 20 minutes)
16:00–16:15 IODP Expedition 1 (duration: 10 minutes)

Tuesday
10:00–10:30 ICE, The historian of the Earth (duration: 27 minutes)
10:30–11:00 Lilli Freda and Piergiorgio Scarlato – The 2002-2003 Stromboli eruption (duration: 18 minutes)
11:00–10:30 PEAT News Network 1-5 (duration: 30 minutes)
12:15–12:45 20 Thousand Years – The history of the Earth’s last great natural climate 13:00–13:15 IODP Expedition 2 (duration: 10 minutes)
13:30–14:00 Science@ESA, Episode 8: The Sun, our Local Star (duration: 25 minutes)
15:00–15:30 Lilli Freda and Piergiorgio Scarlato – The 2007 Stromboli eruption (duration: 15 minutes)
15:30–17:00 Pasi Toiviainen: The Venus Theory (duration: 52 minutes)
change (duration: 29 minutes)

Wednesday
10:00–10:30 ESA: Huygens Probe – Landing on an Earth-like world: the View from Huygens on January, 14, 2005 and Decent Science (duration: 10 minutes)
10:30–12:00 James Balog: Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss (duration: 22 minutes)
13:30–14:00 Eric Sanderson pictures New York – before the City (duration: 17 minutes)
15:00–15:30 ESA: A Breath of Venus (duration: 20 minutes)
15:30–16:30 Jyrki Puupponen and Jaako Järvinen:Triangulation – The Base of Mapping in Finland (duration: 30 minutes)

Thursday
10:00–10:30 Lilli Freda and Piergiorgio Scarlato – The 2007 Stromboli eruption (duration: 15 minutes)
10:30–11:00 PEAT News Network 1-5 (duration: 30 minutes)
12:15–12:45 Science@ESA, Episode 8: The Sun, our Local Star (duration: 25 minutes)
13:30–14:00 Lilli Freda and Piergiorgio Scarlato – The 2002-2003 Stromboli eruption (duration: 18 minutes)
14:00–14:15 IODP Expedition 4 (duration: 10 minutes)
15:00–15:30 ICE, The historian of the Earth (duration: 27 minutes)
15:30–17:00 Roland Schlich: 365 days under Antarctic Ice (duration: 60 minutes)

Friday
08:30–10:00 O. Borderie: Careers in Astronomy & Space (duration: 52 minutes)
10:30–10:15 20 Thousand Years – The history of the Earth’s last great natural climate change (duration: 29 minutes)
12:15–13:15 Pasi Toiviainen: The Venus Theory (duration: 52 minutes)
13:30–13:45 IODP Expedition 5 (duration: 10 minutes)
14:15–14:45 PEAT News Network 1-5 (duration: 30 minutes)
15:00–15:30 ESA: Huygens Probe – Landing on an Earth-like world: the View from Huygens on January, 14, 2005 and Decent Science (duration: 10 minutes)

By Jennifer Holden