The U.S. National Committee for Geodesy and Geophysics (USNC/IUGG) promotes the advancement of geophysical and geodetical sciences in the United States and throughout the world by participating in the activities of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG).
The USNC/IUGG serves to advance geodesy and geophysics in the United States and throughout the world by:
- Representing the interests of the U.S. sciences community in all activities of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) and its eight component Associations on behalf of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the U.S. adhering body to the IUGG.
- Fostering collaborative research through the organization and sponsorship of scientific sessions and meetings in the U.S. and abroad.
- Encouraging and supporting participation and service by U.S. scientists in international bodies organized under the IUGG and its Associations.
- Sending voting delegates as representatives of the U.S. geophysical community to IUGG-sponsored international congresses and General Assemblies.
- Supporting the engagement of early career U.S. scientists in international scientific activities and organizations.
IUGG Resolution Stresses Global Research on Environmental Disruption
An Earth and Space Science News (EOS) review highlights a proposal for increased global research on "potentially disruptive environmental consequences and extremes" adopted at July's IUGG General Assembly. Other resolutions, seven in total, included strengthening research efforts in ocean modeling and energy resources to combat climate change.
Earth and Space Science News Article Examines IAVCEI Initiative
Following the 2015 IUGG General Assembly in Prague, Earth and Space Science News (EOS) has released an article detailing the IAVCEI's particular attention to volcanic landscapes. The article explores various goals of the newly-formed Commission on Volcano Geoheritage and Protected Volcanic Landscapes (VGPL), including the creation of a volcanic science "knowledge hub" and protection of designated UNESCO World Heritage sites.
2015 IUGG General Assembly in Prague, Czech Republic
The Institute of Geophysics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Czech National Committee of Geodesy and Geophysics hosted the XXVI General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) from June 22 to July 2, 2015. This multi-disciplinary conference covered the topics of all eight scientific associations of the IUGG. Conference details can be found on the XXVI IUGG General Assembly website.
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).
National Academy of Sciences, Royal Society Release Joint Publication on Climate Change
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.
Click below to see the BBC's coverage and interview with Jennifer Francis (1:51 minutes)
Image courtesy NASA. Original file: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/629341main_Earth_jet_stream.jpg.
Other press from “Santa’s Revenge: The Impacts of Arctic Warming on the Mid-Latitudes":
- L'Agence France-Presse (AFP): Reprinted in Arab News, DNA, El Periódico de Guatemala, El Espectador, Gulf Times, La Nouvelle Gazette, La Province, La Razón, Ledauphine.com, Le Bien Public, L'Orient Le Jour, Le Point.fr, Phys.org, RTL Info, Tehran Times, and Terra Daily
- Ars Technica: Santa’s revenge: melting Arctic ice may be driving this winter’s chill
- The Athens News: Temperate climates not getting off so easy on climate change
- Austrian Tribune: Changes in Jet Stream to Cause Longer, Harsher Winter
- Bfmtv.com: Le réchauffement arctique va-t-il entraîner un changement de climat en Europe? (French-language)
- Catholic Online: Winter weather that may go on for months? Wavier jet stream 'may drive weather shift'
- The Chronicle Herald: Winter: It’s all about Arctic warming
- CTV News: Warming Arctic changing jet stream and our weather: expert
- The Daily Mail: Is the jet stream changing direction? Meandering air flow could lead to longer, harsher winters
- The Davis Enterprise: Climate change needs long-term fix
- Digital Journal: American and European weather alters because of 'new jet stream'
- The Economist: Is polar warming to blame for America’s and Britain’s bad winter weather?
- Examiner.com: Scientists blame extreme weather on arctic warming, weakened jet stream
- Gawker: Change In Jet Stream Is the Likely Cause of Brutal Winter
- The Globe and Mail: Santa’s revenge: new evidence supports link between climate change, severe weather
- Guardian Liberty Voice: Excessively Cold Winter May Be Caused by New Type of Jet Stream
- The Hamilton Spectator: Dyer: It’s abrupt climate change, stupid
- I4U News: Longer jet streams are causing storms to last longer
- Impact Magazine: Floody Hell: Why Are We Having Such Extreme Weather?
- The Independent: UK weather: High anxiety among jet stream watchers
- International Business Times: Brutal Winter Caused By Changing Jet Stream, Scientists Say Warming Arctic Temperatures Are To Blame
- Kaleidoscope: Are the UAB snow days a product of global warming?
- Kashmir Times: It's abrupt climate change, stupid
- Lake Tahoe News: Warming Arctic may be causing jet stream changes
- Lancastereaglegazette.com and Marionstar.com: When snow goes away, expect new problems
- La Prensa: Ártico se oscurece (Spanish-language)
- Latin Post: Jet Stream May be Responsible for Extreme Winter Weather Climate Change, Says Scientist
- L'Est Républicain: Le régulateur du climat s’affaiblit en Arctique Le régulateur du climat s’affaiblit (French-language and subscribers only)
- Le Figaro: La fonte de la banquise affecte le climat (French-language)
- National Public Radio: Warming Arctic May Be Causing Jet Stream To Lose Its Way
- Nature World Magazine: Changes in Jet Streams Might Lead to Harsher Winters, Researchers Say
- The Nelson Daily: Faster, Higher, Stronger
- Newser.com: Hating Winter? Blame the Weaker Jet Stream
- News Tonight Africa: Scientists suggest Direct Link between Temperature and Speed of Jet Streams
- Planet S - Saskatoon's City Magazine: Jet Stream Trouble
- Physics World: Bad weather? Blame Santa
- Radio New Zealand News: Jet stream shift 'may change weather'
- RedOrbit.com: Colder US Winters Due To Shifting Polar Jet Stream: Study
- SBS: Jet stream shift could prompt hard winters
- Schwäbisch: Forscherin: Wetterchaos könnte mit Klimawandel zusammenhängen (German-language)
- Science Recorder: Shift in jet stream could mean longer, harsher winters, new study says (Subscribers only)
- Smithsonian Magazine: Why We Can Blame A Warm Arctic For This Winter’s Icy Chill
- Tageblatt.lu: Klimawandel könnte ein Grund sein (German-language)
- Taranaki Daily News: 'Something' happening to the climate
- Teinteresa.es: El cambio climático azota al mundo (Spanish-language)
- Time Magazine: Tired Of Endless Winter? Blame Changing Jet Stream
- The Toronto Star: Rapidly warming Arctic may be causing our polar-vortex winter
- The Tripoli Post: Opinion: It’s Abrupt Climate Change, Stupid
- United Press International (UPI): Change in jet stream could mean longer, harsher winters
- Wbur.org: Research Points To Jet Stream In Brutal Winter
- Wired.co.uk: Wavier jet stream means changing weather patterns
- Yale Environment 360: Is Weird Winter Weather Related to Climate Change?
Workshop on Mathematics of Climate Change, Related Natural Hazards and Risks
The Workshop on “Mathematics of Climate Change, Related Natural Hazards and Risks” was held at CIMAT in Guanajuato, Mexico, 29 July - 2 August 2013. The workshop brought together about 40 young researchers, mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean and a dozen distinguished scientists, each of which gave several lectures on a chosen topic. The workshop was part of the world initiative “Mathematics of Planet Earth 2013” (www.mpe2013.org). It 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 is 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, and 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: http://www.mca2013.org/en/programme/satelite-activities/workshop-on-mathematics-of-climate-change.html.
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.
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|SYMPOSIA AND PRESENTATIONS|
|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”