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European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2016

Vienna, Austria
Meeting Category

The EGU General Assembly 2016 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early-career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience. The EGU is looking forward to cordially welcoming you in Vienna.

Abstract submissions

The abstract submission deadline is 13 January 2016 at 13:00 CET.

If applying for early-career scientist support, the deadline was 1 December 2015.

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Each session shows the abstract submissions link.

Using this link you are asked to log in to the Copernicus Office Meeting Organizer. You may submit the text of your contribution as plain text, LaTeX, or MS Word content. An Abstract Processing Charge (APC) of €40.00 gross (€33.61 net) is levied.

Detailed information on how to submit an abstract can be found at:

New for EGU2016

a) Late abstracts (submitted by conveners after 13 January 2016) require a final approval by the program committee and will be invoiced €80.

b) The EGU is using the term early-career scientist (no longer young scientist). The definition of an early-career scientist (ECS) can be found at:

Further information

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PAGES-supported sessions

Flood and weather extremes of the past (Session: CL1.13/AS4.28/HS2.4.7) - co-sponsored by the Floods Working Group

Conveners: Stephan Dietrich, Bruno Wilhelm. Co-conveners: Markus Czymzik, Ruediger Glaser, Gerrit Lohmann, Stefanie Wirth and Markus Stoffel.

The session will concentrate on a better understanding of timing, magnitude and boundary conditions of climate extreme events in the past.

We invite contributions that explore the variability and the physical mechanisms of past climate extremes on decadal to millennial time scales. Contributions that integrate both, proxy data and climate modeling are particularly welcomed.

The historical climatologist, Rudolf Brazdil, will open the session with an invited contribution on the "Variability of floods, droughts and windstorms over the past 500 years based on documentary data".

Stratospheric aerosol, volcanic eruptions and their radiative effects (co-organized) (Session: IE2.5/AS3.5/CL2.07)

Convener: G.W. Mann. Co-conveners: Matthew Toohey, Larry Thomason, Claudia Timmreck.

Variations in stratospheric aerosol - arising primarily from sporadic volcanic eruptions - are an important contributor to climate variability. Major volcanic eruptions have led to pronounced decreases in global surface temperature over seasonal-to-decadal timescales. The marked increase in stratospheric aerosol since 2000 has also offset a large part of the anthropogenic greenhouse gas forcing over the same period and contributed substantially to the recent "hiatus" in global warming.

Advancing our understanding of the influence of volcanoes on climate relies upon better knowledge of the radiative forcings of past eruptions and the microphysical, chemical and dynamical processes which affect the evolution of stratospheric aerosol properties. This can only be achieved by combining information from satellite and in-situ observations of recent eruptions, aerosol modelling activities, and reconstructions of past volcanic histories from proxies.

This session seeks presentations from research aimed at better understanding variations in stratospheric aerosol and the associated radiative forcing. A particular focus will be on constraining uncertainties in volcanic forcings over the historical period (1850-present), but studies focussing on longer timescales are encouraged as well. Contributions on other aspects of the stratospheric aerosol life cycle are also welcome, including observations of aerosol and precursor gases, their transport, and the role of upper troposphere and stratosphere processes.


Studying the climate of the last two millennia (Session: CL1.07) - co-sponsored by the PAGES 2k project

Convener: Lucien von Gunten. Co-conveners: Sebastian Wagner, Jürg Luterbacher, Anne Hormes, Fidel González-Rouco

This session highlights integrative paleoclimate research on the climate of the past 2000 years. We invite presentations that give an insight into data syntheses, quantitative temperature and hydroclimate reconstructions from local to global scales, novel approaches to producing multi-proxy climate field reconstructions, and contributions critically addressing non-climatic influences on proxies used in climate reconstructions. We also welcome abstracts on high-resolution ocean reconstructions (SSTs, salinity, ocean circulation) or integrating both marine and terrestrial data.

This session also encourages participation of presentations of new external forcing reconstructions or assessment, and discussion of existing ones, as well as analysis of transient climate simulations, model-data comparison, proxy system modeling, proxy-data assimilation, and detection-attribution assessments.


Peatland palaeo-ecology through time (Session: BG6.4/SSS3.8) - co-organized by PAGES' C-PEAT working group

Conveners: Angela Gallego-Sala, Michelle Garneau, Minna Valiranta 

Peatlands represent the largest carbon pool in the terrestrial biosphere, storing ~600 Pg C in both high latitudes and tropical areas. These ecosystems play a key role in the global C cycle and the climate system, through CO2 sequestration and CH4 emissions. Their contribution to the climate system is ultimately dependent on their ecological function.

However, we do not yet fully understand C sequestration processes in different types of peatlands (bog vs fens; permafrost vs non permafrost). Little is known about the rate of change of these systems and the resilience of their surface vegetation under climate variations. Only palaeo-ecological records can allow the reconstruction of these variations through time and to search for possible future analogues. Documentation of key climate variations and peatland responses will help to identify the sensitivity of these systems to (hydro)climatic changes.

This session will bring together researchers working on C cycling from different types of peatlands and on a variety of timescales (Holocene, Interglacial, Tertiary). Contributions from proxy records, existing datasets, and modelling are welcome. We aim to align this session with the C-PEAT (PAGES) objectives, but furthermore invite contributions from a wide range of peatland ecologists and modellers.


Splinter meeting

Floods Working Group: A 'splinter meeting' has been organized at the EGU on Wednesday 20 April, 15:30-17:00 - Room 0.90 (Yellow Floor). This splinter meeting aims at introducing the PAGES' Floods Working Group to the whole geoscience community.

Short course

LandCover6k: Short course, SC53: Theory and application of the REVEALS model for pollen-based quantitative reconstructions of land cover

Convener: Marie-José Gaillard

Tuesday 19 April, 08:30–12:00 / Room -2.61

Contact: Marie-José Gaillard, (marie-jose[dot]gaillard-lemdahl[at]lnu[dot]se)


Future Earth symposium

Media Geosciences in the Anthropocene (Oral Session US4)

Convener: Nicholas T. Arndt; Co-Conveners: Helmut Weissert, Wouter Berghuijs

Tuesday 19 April, 13:30–17:00 / Room L6

The notion of humanity as a geological agent has been around for over a century. But the phenomenal expansion in human impact, and its quantification, largely by Earth-system scientists, is entirely recent. The International Commission on Stratigraphy’s Anthropocene Working Group has been deliberating the Anthropocene and is due to publish its recommendations in 2016. The rest of the world is not waiting and the Anthropocene is generating substantial debate.

Three academic journals with an Anthropocene focus have been launched in recent years. Social sciences, the humanities and the media are beginning to explore its meaning and implications. Has the Earth left the relative climatic stability of the Holocene for the more turbulent Anthropocene? Is the Anthropocene the defining concept of our time? Perhaps, but certainly not everyone agrees. This Union Session will bring together geoscientists, historians, social scientists and journalists to explore and debate not only the geological questions, but also the political, cultural and economic implications of living in the Anthropocene and what it means for the future.

Following this session there will be a launch event for a new journal, Global Sustainability, from Cambridge University Press (Editor in chief Johan Rockström, Stockholm Resilience Centre). The Future Earth community at EGU is invited to attend.