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EGU 2014 Media Advisory 4: On-site registration, press conferences streamed online

22.04.2014 - (idw) European Geosciences Union

The General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), a meeting with over 11,000 scientists that covers all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences, is taking place next week (27 April 2 May) in Vienna, Austria. Interested journalists can register on-site free of charge. Those who cannot make it to Vienna, can watch press conferences remotely through a webstreaming link. Media briefings include presentations on the latest news from the Cassini mission and an update from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Other events of interest include debates on mining and geoengineering, which will also be streamed online. Contents

Press conference schedule
Online streaming
Meeting programme
Union-wide sessions of interest
Media registration and badge collection

Press conference schedule

Press conferences at the EGU General Assembly will be held at the Press Centre located on the Yellow Level (Ground Floor) of the Austria Center Vienna. All times are CEST.

Documents relating to the press conferences listed below, such as press releases and presentation slides, will be made available from the Documents page at during the meeting.

Monday, 28 April, 14:00

Historically coasts, estuaries and rivers have been prime spots for locating human settlements. Today, these areas have some of the most bustling and economically prosperous cities on Earth, but does rapid urbanisation and population growth come with a price? Researchers in this press conference will discuss their work on sinking coastal cities such as New Orleans, Bangkok, Venice and Shenzhen many of which are also at risk from the effects of sea level rise. They will address the measurement of the rate of subsidence and its causes human or natural and the strategies we can put in place to mitigate the hazards associated with these sinking cities.

Gilles Erkens
Researcher, Faculty of Geosciences, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Pietro Teatini
Researcher, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Padova, Italy
Peng Liu [TBC]
Researcher, Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Spatial Information Smart Sensing and Services, Shenzhen University, China

Related scientific session: GM1.8

Monday, 28 April, 15:10 (note delayed start)

The availability of freshwater is widely seen as one of the major challenges facing society. Climate change and an increasing demand for water due to a growing world population and intensive water use are expected to make the problem worse, contributing to a sharp decline in water security around the world. Changing conditions demand that societies adapt, emphasising the need for more sustainable water-use policies and improved strategies for prevention from, and adaptation to, water-related risks. In areas where water scarcity is or will soon be acute, some even predict conflicts over water use. In this media briefing, a panel of hydrologists will answer questions about the hydrological challenges facing humanity and how recent initiatives plan to address them.

Hubert Savenije
President, International Association of Hydrological Sciences & Hydrologist and Water Resources Engineer, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Gerrit de Rooij
President, EGU Hydrological Sciences Division & Deputy Department Head, Soil Physics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany
Günter Blöschl
EGU President & Chair of Hydrology and Water Resources Management at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Related scientific session: HS1.1

Tuesday, 29 April, 12:00

Polar sea ice is important in many ways: as a climate regulator, critical habitat and a platform for human activities. Rapid loss of Arctic sea ice could threaten these services and pose risks to both coastlines and infrastructure. With increasing changes to average world temperatures, how much do we know about the future of the Arctic sea ice? In this press conference, researchers reveal records of methane emissions during the last deglaciation and what they mean for the Earths carbon budget. They will also explore the likelihood of an ice free Arctic by 2035 and assess the balance of benefits and risks associated with changing Arctic sea ice cover.

Giuliana Panieri
Associate Professor in Environment and Climate, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway
Jean-Claude Gascard
Oceanographer Emeritus at CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France
Hajo Eicken
Professor, Geophysical Institute and Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Alaska Fairbanks, US

Related scientific sessions: CR4.3, AS4.14/BG7.4/CL3.10, OS1.2

Tuesday, 29 April, 13:00

Humans have changed the face of the Earth like no species ever before. We move more sediment than natural processes such as erosion or rivers, we alter watercourses by building and removing dams, and our large-scale urbanisation has resulted in unprecedented changes in land use and levels of air pollution. But are we truly living in the Anthropocene, the geological age dominated by human influence? This press conference will centre around research into recognising and characterising the Anthropocene, focusing on new results that highlight the extent to which human activities have had a global and significant impact on the Earth's ecosystems.

John Burrows
Professor of Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere, University of Bremen, Germany
Tony Brown
Professor of Physical Geography, University of Southampton, UK
Ronald Pöppl
Senior Lecturer, Geomorphological Systems and Risk Research, University of Vienna, Austria
Jan Zalasiewicz
Senior Lecturer in Palaeobiology, University of Leicester, UK

Related scientific sessions: AS3.7, GM4.1/HS9.12/SSS9.18, SSP2.1

Tuesday, 29 April, 14:00 (may last an additional 30 minutes)

Global warming is an ever more pressing problem that calls for an improved understanding of the Earth's climate. By looking into the past, researchers can better understand how the Earth system will respond in warmer climates and improve predictions of future climate change. In this press conference, researchers representing two projects Past4Future and the Baltic Paleoenvironmental Expedition of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) will present their most recent results, which aim to better understand climate change dynamics in the last interglacial period and the last ice age, respectively.

Thomas Andrén
Co-chief scientist of the IODP Baltic Paleoenvironment Expedition & Associated Professor, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Södertörn University, Sweden

Aarno Kotilainen
Research Professor & Head of the Research Programme Marine Geology and Global Change, Geological Survey of Finland
Dorthe Dahl-Jensen
Project coordinator, Past4Future & Researcher, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Emilie Capron
Palaeoclimatologist (Ice Cores), British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK

Related scientific sessions: CL5.7, CL6.8/BG0/GMPV55

Tuesday, 29 April, 15:30

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