Once more unto the breach!
…the largest Earth Science conference on the planet, and is where you will get previews of new science results, get a sense of what other experts think about current topics, and indulge in the more social side of being a scientist.
The full scientific program is available for searching here.
As in recent years, there will be a lot of live streaming of key sessions and high profile lectures, and continuous twitter commentary (follow the hashtag #AGU14), that give people not attending to get a sense of what’s going on. Some of us (including Mike) are attending and will try and give some highlights as the week goes along.
Some obvious highlights (that will be live-streamed) are the Bjerknes lecture from Brian Hoskins about the Hadley Cell (Tues. 8am), Ulrike Lohmann on clouds in the Charney lecture (Tues. 9am). The Hydroclimatic extremes session on Wednesday morning is being live-streamed and should be very apropos given recent discussions. Peter de Menocal is giving the Emiliani lecture (Wed. 10:20am) on the connections between paleo-climate and human evolution. Not related to climate so much, the sessions on the Rosetta/Philae science will also be viewable (Wednesday). The Lorenz lecture is being given by Demetris Koutsoyiannis a hydrologist whose work on climate statistics has been commented on here before. The Schnieder and Tyndall lectures are being given by Chris Field and Kelly Redmond on Thursday afternoon.
Another interesting presentation is from the group behind “Climate Feedback” – which is a new initiative to help annotate climate science related journalism on Thursday evening (6:30 pm onwards, including a hackathon!). There are also a couple of “SWIRLs” (connected presentations and sessions) on Characterising Uncertainty and Global change: Science Literacy, Societal Impacts, and Response Strategies that should give a broad range of perspectives on the topics.
As was available last year, AGU and the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund have organised a facility for individual consultations with a lawyer (by appointment via email@example.com) for people either who have found themselves involved in legal proceedings associated with their science or people who are just interested in what they might need to be prepared for.
There are obviously many individual presentations that will be of interest, but too many to list here. Feel free to add suggestions in the comments.