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  • EGU news
  • 30 April 2021

Many thanks to all vEGU21 participants and volunteers who have ensured that the EGU General Assembly 2021 was a productive and stimulating experience—despite a few unexpected bumps along the way!


‘Picture A Scientist’ screening extended!

  • EGU news
  • 28 April 2021

Due to popular request, and as a thank you to all vEGU21 participants for their patience earlier this week, EGU has extended the viewing license of ‘Picture A Scientist’ from Thursday 29 April at 9:00 CEST through Sunday 2 May at 9:00 CEST.

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A sincere apology to all vEGU21 participants

  • EGU news
  • 26 April 2021

We sincerely apologise to all conference participants for the difficulties of this Monday. All vEGU21 events from Tuesday, April 27 on will take place as scheduled as secure Zoom meetings. We would like to thank you, our community, for your responsiveness and positive attitude throughout this difficult day.

The proposed Interstellar Probe

Probing deep space with Interstellar

  • Press release
  • 26 April 2021

Scientists planning the Interstellar Probe mission, which will travel 1,000 AU from the sun, roughly 10 times as far as the Voyager spacecraft, will discuss the mission at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2021, which is taking place from 19-30 April 2021.

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Mapping the path to rewilding: the importance of landscape

  • Press release
  • 26 April 2021

New research suggests efforts to rewild a landscape must take geography and geology into account—an approach that could be applied globally to help conservation biologists save wild ecosystems. The results will be presented at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2021, which is taking place from 19-30 April 2021.

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Geoscientific Model Development

A process-based evaluation of the Intermediate Complexity Atmospheric Research Model (ICAR) 1.0.1

This study conducts an in-depth process-based evaluation of the Intermediate Complexity Atmospheric Research (ICAR) model, employing idealized simulations to increase the understanding of the model and develop recommendations to maximize the probability that its results are correct for the right reasons. The results show that when model skill is evaluated from statistical metrics based on comparisons to surface observations only, such an analysis may not reflect the skill of the model in capturing atmospheric processes like gravity waves and cloud formation.


Similar importance of edaphic and climatic factors for controlling soil organic carbon stocks of the world

Soil organic carbon (SOC) accounts for two-thirds of terrestrial carbon. Yet, the role of soil physicochemical properties in regulating SOC stocks is unclear, inhibiting reliable SOC predictions under land use and climatic changes. Using legacy observations from 141 584 soil profiles worldwide, we disentangle the effects of biotic, climatic and edaphic factors (a total of 31 variables) on the global spatial distribution of SOC stocks in four sequential soil layers down to 2 m.

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

The behavior of high-CAPE (convective available potential energy) summer convection in large-domain large-eddy simulations with ICON

Current state-of-the-art regional numerical weather prediction (NWP) models employ kilometer-scale horizontal grid resolutions, thereby simulating convection within the grey zone. Increasing resolution leads to resolving the 3D motion field and has been shown to improve the representation of clouds and precipitation. Using a hectometer-scale model in forecasting mode on a large domain therefore offers a chance to study processes that require the simulation of the 3D motion field at small horizontal scales.

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