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Panelists speaking at the EGU's shaping EU Missions event in Brussels, Belgium.

Shaping EU Missions: EGU’s annual science-policy event

  • EGU news
  • 25 October 2019

The EGU’s second annual science-policy event brought together more than 70 policymakers and geoscientists to provide feedback on the science-related themes that the European Union’s newly created Mission Boards will be addressing.


A field geologist's tools.

2020 call for EGU Geoscience Education Field Officers

  • EGU news
  • 22 October 2019

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is accepting applications until 2 December from teachers wishing to become geoscience education field officers. These positions offer professional development to school teachers who have elements of geoscience in their teaching curriculum. These positions are unpaid, but expenses are provided.


Recipients of the EGU Science Journalism Fellowship 2012-2019

Applications open for EGU Science Journalism Fellowships 2020 (up to €5k)

  • Press release
  • 18 October 2019

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is now accepting applications for the 9th edition of its Science Journalism Fellowship competition. The fellowships enable journalists to report, in any European language, on ongoing research in the Earth, planetary or space sciences, with successful applicants receiving up to €5000 to cover expenses related to their projects. The deadline for applications is 13 December 2019.



Highlight articles

The Cryosphere

Melt at grounding line controls observed and future retreat of Smith, Pope, and Kohler glaciers

We used a number of computer simulations to understand the recent retreat of a rapidly changing group of glaciers in West Antarctica. We found that significant melt underneath the floating extensions of the glaciers, driven by relatively warm ocean water at depth, was likely needed to cause the large retreat that has been observed. If melt continues around current rates, retreat is likely to continue through the coming century and extend beyond the present-day drainage area of these glaciers.


Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences

The first version of the Pan-European Indoor Radon Map

The first version of the Pan-European Indoor Radon Map is presented in this article. The map has been developed using summary statistics estimated from 1.2 million samples. It represents an average radon concentration per 10 km x 10 km grid cell under the assumption that there are dwellings in the grid cell. It is a major contribution to the understanding of the exposure to ionizing radiation of Europeans and a first step towards a European radon exposure and, in the future, radon dose map.


Earth Surface Dynamics

Seismic location and tracking of snow avalanches and slush flows on Mt. Fuji, Japan

Avalanches and slush flows from Mt. Fuji are a major natural hazard as they may attain run-out distances of up to 4 km and destroy parts of the forest and infrastructure. We located and tracked them for the first time using seismic data. Numerical simulations were conducted to assess the precision of the seismic tracking. We also inferred dynamical properties characterizing these hazardous mass movements. This information is indispensable for assessing avalanche risk in the Mt. Fuji region.


The Cryosphere

Calving cycle of the Brunt Ice Shelf, Antarctica, driven by changes in ice shelf geometry

Two large icebergs are about to break off from the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Rifting started several years ago and is now approaching its final phase. Satellite data and computer simulations show that over the past 2 decades, growth of the ice shelf has caused a build-up of forces within the ice, which culminated in its fracture. These natural changes in geometry coincided with large variations in flow speed, a process that is thought to be relevant for all Antarctic ice shelf margins.


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