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Galileo Galilei, after whom the conferences are named

EGU Galileo Conference programme: call for proposals

  • EGU news
  • 4 December 2018

The EGU is now accepting proposals for Galileo Conferences, which aim to address well-focused cutting-edge topics at the frontier of geosciences research. The conferences are informal: the state-of-the-art is outlined in keynote talks designed to trigger in-depth discussion of important aspects of the conference topic. EGU members can propose to organise a Galileo Conference and apply for funding by the end of February 2019.


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Become an EGU member or renew your membership!

  • EGU news
  • 3 December 2018

The EGU is Europe’s premier geosciences union, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. Membership is open to individuals who subscribe to the objectives of the EGU and who are professionally engaged in or associated with either the geosciences, planetary and space sciences, or related studies. Membership is affordable and provides a number of benefits, including eligibility to present your research at the annual EGU General Assembly and substantially reduced registrations rates to the meeting.


EGU Programme Committee members at the February 2017 Programme Committee meeting

Results of the EGU autumn 2018 elections

  • EGU news
  • 3 December 2018

The results of the EGU elections are now available on the elections page of this website. Patric Jacobs was elected as the EGU Treasurer for the term 2019–2021. He will be inaugurated during the EGU plenary meeting on 8 April 2019 in Vienna, Austria.



Covers of all 17 EGU journals published by Copernicus

Mobile-friendly websites and full-text html papers for EGU journals

  • EGU news
  • 22 November 2018

Copernicus Publications, who manage EGU publications, are rolling out new updates for EGU journals aimed at improving the user experience, particularly for those accessing the journal websites on a mobile device. ESurf, TC and CP have now published their first papers in full-text html, with other EGU journals following suit over the next few weeks. The HTML format makes it easier for search engines to find content on EGU journals. Importantly, it also means papers can easily be read on mobile devices since the content of the websites is responsive, adapting to the size of the screen.


Highlight articles

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

The impact of mineral dust on cloud formation during the Saharan dust event in April 2014 over Europe

The impact of desert dust on cloud formation is investigated for a major Saharan dust event over Europe by interactive regional dust modeling. Dust particles are very efficient ice-nucleating particles promoting the formation of ice crystals in clouds. The simulations show that the observed extensive cirrus development was likely related to the above-average dust load. The interactive dust–cloud feedback in the model significantly improves the agreement with aircraft and satellite observations.


The Cryosphere

Retreat of Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica, over the next 100 years using various ice flow models, ice shelf melt scenarios and basal friction laws

Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica, has experienced rapid grounding line retreat and mass loss in the past decades. In this study, we simulate the evolution of Thwaites Glacier over the next century using different model configurations. Overall, we estimate a 5 mm contribution to global sea level rise from Thwaites Glacier in the next 30 years. However, a 300% uncertainty is found over the next 100 years, ranging from 14 to 42 mm, depending on the model setup.


Geoscientific Model Development

ESM-SnowMIP: assessing snow models and quantifying snow-related climate feedbacks

This paper provides an overview of a coordinated international experiment to determine the strengths and weaknesses in how climate models treat snow. The models will be assessed at point locations using high-quality reference measurements and globally using satellite-derived datasets. How well climate models simulate snow-related processes is important because changing snow cover is an important part of the global climate system and provides an important freshwater resource for human use.


Climate of the Past

Hydro-climatic variability in the southwestern Indian Ocean between 6000 and 3000 years ago

The 4.2 ka eventbetween 4.2 and 3.9 ka has been widely discussed in the Northern Hemsiphere but less reported in the Southern Hemisphere. Here, we use speleothem records from Rodrigues in the southwestern Indian Ocean spanning from 6000 to 3000 years ago to investigate the regional hydro-climatic variability. Our records show no evidence for an unusual climate anomaly between 4.2 and 3.9 ka. Instead, it shows a multi-centennial drought between 3.9 and 3.5 ka.


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Image of the Week – Permafrost features disappearing from subarctic peatlands

Image of the Week – Permafrost features disappearing from subarctic peatlands

Some of the most remarkable, marginal features of permafrost – palsas – are degrading and disappearing metre by metre from North European peatlands, and are driven close to extinction by the climate change. What are these permafrost features? A palsa is a peat mound with an icy core, which stays frozen throughout summer due to the insulating property of dry peat. These mounds can rise up to 10 metres above the surface of surrounding mire (wet terrain dominated by peat-forming …


FOXSI: The NASA mission that combines rockets, flares, and X-rays

FOXSI: The NASA mission that combines rockets, flares, and X-rays

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