BAS participates in EGU General Assembly 2020

As the world continues to work around lockdown, the EGU General Assembly 2020 will take place this week (4-8 May) online. The annual EGU (European Geosciences Union) meeting, which usually takes takes place in Vienna, usually attracts over 17,000 scientists from all over the world to network and discuss the latest research in Earth sciences. It in a key science conference highlight for many BAS researchers.

This year’s online conference is FREE and anyone can view the abstracts and presentations. Participation in certain sessions requires registration. Around 30 BAS scientists are involved in this year’s EGU meeting. Some highlights are below – timings are local Vienna time BST +1.

Monday 4 May

8:30 – 10:15h CEST

Atmospheric scientist Amelie Kirchgaessner is presenting: The representation of Föhn events to the east of the Antarctic Peninsula in simulations by the Antarctic Mesoscale Prediction System (AMPS)” (with BAS co-author John King)

BAS researcher Sofia-Katerina Kufner is presenting at the session: Geophysical and in-situ methods for snow and ice studies. BAS researchers Robert Mulvaney, Carlos Martin, keith Nichols, Alex Brisbourne, Dom Hodgson and Julius Rix are also taking part with input on the Beyond EPICA – Oldest Ice project and results from the recent BEAMISH project.

BAS science director David Vaughan is co-convening a Great Debate session: Cutting carbon in the geosciences: conference participation versus online streaming and fieldwork versus remote observations. BAS atmospheric researcher Ella Gilbert is taking part.

16:15h – 18:00h CEST

Atmospheric scientist Amelie Kirchgaessner is co-convening a session: Polar meteorology and climatology and their link to changes in the cryosphere. There are also presentations from BAS climate scientists John King and Tom Bracegirdle.

Wednesday 6 May

14:00 – 15:45 CEST

BAS science director David Vaughan is co-convening a session: Ice-Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions in West Antarctica and the Weddell Sea Sector. This session will explore the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and include presentations on the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration. Presentations and input from BAS researchers: Robert Larter, Kelly Hogan, Tom Jordan, James Kirkham, Claus-Dieter Hillenbrand and James Smith.

14:00 – 15;45 CEST

AI modeller Rachel Furner is presenting at a session: Machine Learning for Earth System Modelling.

Thursday 7 May

16:15 – 18:00 CEST

Researchers Leo Middleton, Irena Vankova and Louis-Alexandre Couston are presenting at: Under cover: ice-ocean interactions from the boundary layer to the Southern Ocean.

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