2009–2010 Events

2010 Events

AGU Fall Meeting 2010  13–17 December 2010

More than 18,400 geophysicists from around the world gathered in San Francisco for the 2010 AGU Fall Meeting. The meeting provided an opportunity for researchers, teachers, students, and consultants to present and review the latest issues affecting the Earth, the planets, and their environments in space.

Air Quality in a Changing Climate: What the Future Holds for the Air We Breathe  28 September 2010

World-renowned scientists explored the complex interactions between air quality and climate change, and the implications for human health.

Geo-Congressional Visits Day  21 September 2010

“Earth and space scientists came to Capitol Hill to discuss their fields of study and to support federally funded research through agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and DOE.

US Geological Survey Coalition Reception  20 September 2010

Celebrating the USGS! Attendees learned about the unique biological, geological, geographic, and hydrologic research conducted by the USGS. Senior USGS leaders, as well as representatives of national organizations that use and support USGS science and information, were on hand to discuss USGS activities across the nation.

Carbon Capture and Storage: Viable Technology or Risky Gamble?  09 September 2010

Perspectives by scientists and economists from both the United States and Germany will be shared.


Tornadoes: Understanding How They Develop and Providing Early Warning  21 July 2010

On average, the United States experiences over 1300 tornadoes a year; resulting in lives lost, hundreds injured, and damage to property and infrastructure, which can run into the hundreds of millions of dollars. Many major urban areas are at risk of violent tornadoes that could inflict incredible suffering and produce catastrophic damage. The unique violence of tornadoes relative to other severe weather hazards provides a compelling reason to continue to improve our nation’s storm prediction capacity and warning system efficiency.

Hurricanes and Oil Will Mix: Managing Risk Now  30 June 2010

Seasonal forecasters predict that 2010 will produce between 14 and 23 named hurricanes — the most active season since 2005, when Hurricane Katrina and 27 other named storms swept the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. As economic challenges continue and oil spews from the damaged Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf, the growing impacts to the region’s economic recovery and unique ecosystems are staggering. What risks does an active hurricane season pose for other energy-related infrastructure, for inland areas as storm surges push oil beyond beaches and marshland, and for stakeholders dealing with flooding in coastal communities in the Gulf and along the East Coast? Can recent advances in hurricane prediction help manage these risks? Might related climate change impacts exacerbate them in the future? What does an increasing scale of catastrophic loss associated with hurricane activity mean for critical services provided by the insurance sector?

Climate Change and National Security Congressional Briefing  4 June 2010

The risks of climate change pose physical and social risks which security experts view as a threat multiplier in regions across the globe. This briefing will look into U.S. security threats posed by climate change.

AGU sponsors briefing on Climate Science: Key Questions and Answers  11 May 2010

The 11 May briefing will provide leading scientists the opportunity to address climate change science results that are well understood and where key uncertainties exist, including issues recently covered in the media such as climate impacts on glaciers and recent temperature trends. Discussion with the distinguished panelists will include examination of the peer-review process; data sources; research processes; statistical analysis; and how various bodies like the IPCC conduct their studies and assessments.

AGU sponsors congressional briefing on the 2010 Haitian Earthquake  6 May 2010

The 6 May briefing will cover the background of earthquake research and prediction in Haiti and the Caribbean, potential future seismic activity, risk mitigation, and the prospect of early warning systems. We will also discuss rebuilding earthquake-resistant structures, building codes, and how they contribute to lives lost or saved.

Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day (SET-CVD)  28–29 April 2010

Hundreds of scientists and engineers participated in SET-CVD in order to support federally funded research through agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and DOE.

Reducing Volcano Risks  21 Apr 2010

AGU co-sponsored a Congressional briefing with the Geological Society of America and the American Geological Institute. The briefing discussed volcano monitoring, current volcano public policy, and proposed public policy.

Coalition for National Science Funding  14 Apr 2010

Building the Foundations of Innovation: STEM Research and Education. The 16th Annual CNSF exhibition and reception featured science, mathematics, and engineering research and education projects supported by the National Science Foundation. Researchers, educators, and students from across the Untied States answered questions about their efforts to help met the nation’s research and education goals.


Scientists Send Letter to Congress and Federal Agencies Supporting IPCC  12 Mar 10

Climate scientists will send a letter to Congress and federal agencies supporting the IPCC on Friday, 12 March. The letter not only discusses the strong support for the IPCC within the scientific community, but it also notes errors in the 2007 report and remarks on the urgency for policymakers to address climate change. read more 

Climate Policy: Public Perception, Science, and the Political Landscape  12 Mar 10

AGU co-sponsored a briefing on public perceptions of climate change, scientific understanding, and the current political landscape with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and the American Statistical Association (ASA). read more 

Climate Change and Human Health Briefing  5 Feb 10

AGU co-sponsored a Congressional briefing on human health risks from climate change, which are of growing concern to both the public and health professionals. The briefing provided an overview of these health risks and health system responses and was sponsored in conjunction with the American Meteorological Society.

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Briefing  8 Jan 10

AGU co-sponsored a Congressional briefing on climate change in conjunction with the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Ecological Society of America (ESA), and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. The speakers included Michael MacCracken, Kristie Ebi, Katharine Jacobs, and Susanne Moser. Over 200 Congressional Staff and Executive Agency staff attended. read more 


2009 Events

Geoscientists Flock to Capitol Hill  1 Oct 09

Geoscientists from across the country recently flooded the halls of Capitol Hill to meet with their Members of Congress and discuss the importance of geoscience research and education…read more