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2010 AGU Fall Meeting — sessions I’m excited about

July 28, 2010

The dog days of summer are here, which means that abstract preparation and submission season for two gigantic annual scientific meetings for Earth scientists (at least in North America) is upon us! The 2010 Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting is October 31st-November 3rd in Denver, Colorado and the 2010 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting is December 13th-17th in, as always, San Francisco, California.

Unfortunately, I cannot attend the GSA meeting this year — just too much other stuff going on and had to prioritize travel. Such is life. So, hopefully some other geoscience bloggers who attend will keep us all updated in real time. There was a big meetup of people in Portland last year, which was a blast. I hope those who go to the meeting organize another one and try to make it a tradition.

I will be attending the AGU meeting in December.  I spent some time browsing the scientific program and found numerous interesting sessions. Not all of them will actually happen — it depends on how many submissions they get. Having done this myself a couple times I remember the cutoff number being somewhere between 10 and 20 submissions to guarantee the session.

Technical sessions at AGU are sponsored and co-sponsored by one or more themes. In the past, the science I was interested in could be found in either in the Hydrology, Ocean Sciences, or sometimes Tectonophysics themes. A few years ago AGU decided to add a theme they call Earth and Planetary Surface Processes, which has been a great addition in my opinion. As a sedimentary geologist, I’m mostly interested in surface processes (and surface evolution) that operates over time scales longer than what we can measure. I’m interested in the processes that are net accumulative over geologic time — that is, processes that produce the stratigraphic record. I’m also interested in learning from those who study longer-term landscape evolution in eroding environments. The Earth and Planetary Surface Processes theme is an appropriate venue, I think, for bringing together these disciplines.

Earth and Planetary Surface Processes (EP) as primary sponsor

Other sessions where EP is listed as co-sponsor:

Ocean Sciences (OS) as primary sponsor (and EP not a co-sponsor):

Tectonophysics (T) as primary sponsor:

There’s obviously a lot more than what I list here — this is just what I’m interested in. Take a look at the entire program and consider submitting your work.

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  1. August 6, 2010 1:55 pm

    Thanks for this, very useful for us, and to send to fish biologists, etc. who aren’t plugged into AGU but have great interest in certain sessions.

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