April 12, 2016

New Landslide Legislation to Help Alleviate Hazard Risks

Oso, Washington landslide

On 3 March, 2016, the National Landslide Loss Reduction Act (H.R. 4776) was introduced by Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01) to establish a National Landslide Hazards Reduction Program and two competitive landslide grant programs. According to Representative DelBene; “Substantial work needs to be done to gain better knowledge of landslides and their potential impacts in order to reduce losses of life and property. While various areas across the country have been …

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February 16, 2016

The Science Policy Scene in 2016

The Science Policy Scene in 2016

  The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has many exciting science policy events scheduled throughout 2016 to broaden the connections between AGU members and the policy community in Washington, D.C., and in their local communities.   Spring AGU is proud to host our second member-only AGU Congressional Visits Day (AGU CVD) this spring. This event will bring together AGU member scientists from the academic and private sectors in order to share …

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January 5, 2016

Science Communication, All Communication

Science Communication, All Communication

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Lindsay Barbieri, PhD Student, Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources, University of Vermont At this year’s AGU Fall Meeting, I attended a session on “The Many Sides of Sharing Science: A How To,” which covered a wide variety of approaches to science communication. From children reviewing science papers, to comic book conventions, to …

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December 31, 2015

Communicating Science Means Saving Lives

Communicating Science Means Saving Lives

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Emmanuel “Soli” Garcia, University of California San Diego   My recollection of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991 is dim in quite a literal sense. I may not recall much from my early childhood, but I still have memories of how ash fell on my neighborhood in Manila just under 60 miles away. As dark …

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December 30, 2015

“What Happens in the Arctic, Doesn’t Stay in the Arctic”

“What Happens in the Arctic, Doesn’t Stay in the Arctic”

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Andrés Sánchez, National Autonomous University of Mexico   At AGU’s Fall Meeting this year I attended a session on “Exploring the Role of Arctic Science in Developing International Arctic Policy”. The session gave way to a very interesting morning, with people from all over the world and different points of view working towards the same …

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December 29, 2015

Art and Emotions Can Unify Us – How About Science and Humanity?

Art and Emotions Can Unify Us - How About Science and Humanity?

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Azie Sophia Aziz, PhD student in geophysics at the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences University of Houston, Texas. “Science is built up of facts, as a house is with stones. But a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house.” – Henri Poincare At the AGU Fall …

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December 28, 2015

The Magic Ingredient for Linking Climate Resources to Community Resilience? It Might be Trust.

The Magic Ingredient for Linking Climate Resources to Community Resilience? It Might be Trust.

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Lindsay Barbieri, PhD Student, Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources, University of Vermont Regardless if you are engaging on the resource side or the community side, trust plays a critical role in building climate resilience. At this year’s AGU Fall Meeting, I attended a season on “Evolving the US Climate Resilience Toolkit to Support a …

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December 23, 2015

What Does it Mean to Be a Geoscientist?

Female scientist

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Emily Parker, Ph.D. student in environmental engineering, University of California, Irvine What does it mean to be a geoscientist? I did not know it was a question that needed answering – I thought it was a well-defined occupation. After attending an AGU Fall Meeting session focused specifically on what being a geoscientist means, however, …

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December 22, 2015

Antarctic Proposals Worthy of Jules Verne

Sea Ice in the Bellingshausen Sea

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Andrea Stevens, Graduate Student, University of Arizona I couldn’t help wishing Jules Verne was sitting next to me this morning as the future directions of Antarctic research were laid bare in the halls of the Moscone Center at the AGU Fall meeting. From science-fiction looking gadgets and imaginative project proposals to an international cohort …

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December 21, 2015

From Flood Research to Resilience Mapping

USGS map

Today’s post is part of a series written by student bloggers from the AGU Fall Meeting. By: Jiawei Tao, Peking University Nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population resides in its coastal counties. A detailed analysis on different types of hazards (floods, heavy storms, storm surge, etc.) and some long-term effects (such as sea level rise) are of vital importance in estimating vulnerability and potential impacts in the near-term as well …

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