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EGU’s response to potential changes to the European Research Council

  • EGU news
  • 11 February 2019

A scheduled re-organisation of the European Commission’s Research and Innovation Directorate General has raised concerns about its potential impact on the European Research Council (ERC). The EGU strongly supports the unique ability that the ERC currently has to respond directly and independently to the needs of the scientific community.


SOIL indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded

  • EGU news
  • 31 January 2019

We are proud to announce that the EGU and Copernicus journal SOIL has been accepted by Clarivate Analytics to be indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), the Journal Citation Reports (JCR), and Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology & Environmental Sciences.

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Climate of the Past

Pleistocene glacial history of the New Zealand subantarctic islands

The New Zealand subantarctic islands, in the Pacific sector of the Southern Ocean, provide valuable records of past environmental change. We find that the Auckland Islands hosted a small ice cap around 384 000 years ago, but that there was little glaciation during the Last Glacial Maximum, around 21 000 years ago, in contrast to mainland New Zealand. This shows that the climate here is susceptible to changes in regional factors such as sea-ice expanse and the position of ocean fronts.

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

Trends in global tropospheric ozone inferred from a composite record of TOMS/OMI/MLS/OMPS satellite measurements and the MERRA-2 GMI simulation

Both a 38-year merged satellite record of tropospheric ozone from TOMS/OMI/MLS/OMPS and a MERRA-2 GMI model simulation show large increases of 6–7 Dobson units from the Near East to India–East Asia and eastward over the Pacific. These increases in tropospheric ozone are attributed to increases in pollution over the region over the last several decades. Secondary 38-year increases of 4–5 Dobson units with both GMI model and satellite measurements occur over central African–tropical Atlantic.

Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

Attributing the 2017 Bangladesh floods from meteorological and hydrological perspectives

In August 2017 Bangladesh faced one of its worst river flooding events in recent history. For the large Brahmaputra basin, using precipitation alone as a proxy for flooding might not be appropriate. In this paper we explicitly test this assumption by performing an attribution of both precipitation and discharge as a flooding-related measure to climate change. We find the change in risk to be of similar order of magnitude (between 1 and 2) for both the meteorological and hydrological approach.

Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

Effects of univariate and multivariate bias correction on hydrological impact projections in alpine catchments

Several multivariate bias correction methods have been developed recently, but only a few studies have tested the effect of multivariate bias correction on hydrological impact projections. This study shows that incorporating or ignoring inter-variable relations between air temperature and precipitation can have a notable effect on the projected snowfall fraction. The effect translated to considerable consequences for the glacio-hydrological responses and streamflow components of the catchments.

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