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Past Activities and Events

IUGG Early Career Scientist Awardees
On November 5, 2014, ten scientists were given IUGG Early Career Scientist Awards for their outstanding research in Earth and space sciences and for their international research cooperation. The USNC/IUGG would like to congratulate the two awardees from the United States: Gregory Foltz (Oceanography) and Ben Kravitz (Atmospheric Sciences). The awards will be presented at the 26th IUGG General Assembly in Prague, Czech Republic, during an Honor ceremony. For more details, please consult the IUGG news release (PDF).

New Ice-Snow-Water Workshop Report: Motivating Research on the Science Communications FrontIce-Snow-Water Workshop Report Cover
In November 2014, the World Bank hosted an international workshop entitled "Communicating the Science and Impacts of a Fundamental Earth System Change with a Focus on Ice-Snow-Water." This workshop, sponsored by NSF, the World Bank, the City University of New York, UNESCO IHP, and Vox Naturae of Iceland, concluded that extensive research on science communication is imperative. The workshop report suggests an interdisciplinary approach combining mathematics, anthropology, and the social sciences in order to better understand how belief systems affect public and stakeholder views on climate change.

Contributors to the workshop report include Jennifer Francis (Rutgers), who spoke at the 2014 AAAS symposium Santa's Revenge, and USNC/IUGG members Michael McCracken (The Climate Institute) and Tad Pfeffer (University of Colorado, Boulder). The complete report is available for PDF download here.  

American Meteorological Society Policy Program presents Summer Policy Colloquium
Each year, the American Meteorological Society Policy Program brings a select group of graduate students and professionals to Washington, D.C. for an intense, ten-day immersion in atmospheric policy. The most recent colloquium was held June 1-10, 2014. More details can be found on the AMS Summer Policy Colloquium website.

National Academy of Sciences, Royal Society Release Joint Publication on Climate Change
On February 27, 2014, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, the national science academy of the U.K., released a joint publication that explains the clear evidence that humans are causing the climate to change, and that addresses a variety of other key questions commonly asked about climate change science. For more details and a link to the full report, please consult the Climate Change: Evidence and Causes press release.

2014 AAAS Symposium - “Santa’s Revenge: The Impacts of Arctic Warming on the Mid-Latitudes” - February 15, 2014
This symposium examined high-latitude changes linked to mid-latitude weather and the effect of these complex phenomena on freshwater resources, food availability, and national security. This event was spearheaded by the U.S. National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics, and co-sponsored by the U.S. National Committees for INQUA, Soil Sciences, and Geological Sciences.

An audio file of the symposium, the presentations given by each speaker, and a more complete list of media coverage can be found on the 2014 Santa's Revenge archive page.

Workshop on Mathematics of Climate Change, Related Natural Hazards and Risks
Held at CIMAT in Guanajuato, Mexico, 29 July - 2 August 2013, the workshop brought together approximately 40 young researchers, mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean and a dozen distinguished scientists, each of whom gave several lectures on a chosen topic. The workshop, part of the world initiative “Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013” (, was jointly organized by the International Mathematical Union (IMU), the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM), and IUGG. It was sponsored by the International Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) and partly funded by a grant from the International Council for Science (ICSU). It was supported by the ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), the World Climate Research Program (WCRP), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, and CIMAT (Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas). The members of the Scientific Committee are Susan Friedlander (IMU), Ilya Zaliapin (IUGG) and Paul F. Linden (IUTAM). More details are available on the following website:

2013 AAAS Symposium - "U.S. Climate and Weather Extremes: Past, Present, and Future"
The symposium was sponsored by the four USNCs for the Earth Sciences and spearheaded by the U.S. National Committee for the International Union for Quaternary Research. This session provided both current and paleoclimatic perspectives on the nature of recent extreme climate and weather events and their societal and ecological impacts, with a focus on the United States. The symposium was held February 15, 2013 at the AAAS meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. For more information about this meeting, including audio of the presentation and press coverage, please visit the 2013 AAAS Symposium website

2012 AGU Town Hall: International Earth Science Organizations and You
On December 7, 2012, during the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, the USNC/IUGG hosted the town hall "International Earth Science Organizations and You". The event provided information on international activities by U.S. scientists and opportunities in international science organizations. Topics of particular interest included travel grants to attend international meetings, research grants from foreign scientific organizations, participation in international scientific activities, and collaboration with individuals in developing countries.






Activities and Events
IUGG International Webpage

February 15, 2014 AAAS Session: “Santa’s Revenge: The Impacts of Arctic Warming on the Mid-Latitudes”

December 12, 2013 AGU Session (PDF): “Science Diplomacy in the Geosciences”

February 15, 2013 AAAS Session: “U.S. Climate and Weather Extremes: Past, Present, and Future"

December 7, 2012 AGU Town Hall (PDF): “International Geoscience”

February 19, 2012 AAAS Session: “Causes and Effects of Relative Sea-Level Changes in the Northeast Pacific"

February 17, 2012 AAAS Session: “Toward Stabilization of Net Global Carbon Dioxide Levels"

February 20, 2011 AAAS Session: “The Practice of Science Diplomacy in the Earth Sciences”

February 19, 2010 AAAS Session: "Dust in the Earth System"

December 17, 2009 AGU Poster Sessions: “Extreme Natural Hazards: Risk Assessment, Forecasting, and Decision Support”

February 16, 2009 AAAS Session: "Global Sea Level Rise: Observation, Causes, and Prediction"

September 25, 2008 BISO Symposium (PDF): “Global Connections among Earth Sciences, Health, and Policy"

February 15, 2008 AAAS Session (PDF): "Planet Earth: Lessons Ignored, Lessons Learned”

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number ICER-1312037. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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