AGU News Archive
22 December 2011
NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco discusses advances and significant challenges facing the agency.
17 November 2011
AGU's 2010 annual report is now accessible on online! Review the annual report to learn more about major initiatives and accomplishments in 2010, and to read profiles of AGU members in action.
23 August 2011
The 5.9 magnitude earthquake that shook the East Coast on 23 August 2011, has not affected operations for AGU and its staff.
14 January 2011
Scientists have taken a major step toward accurately determining the amount of energy that the sun provides to Earth, and how variations in that energy may contribute to climate change.
10 January 2011
Scientists using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have detected beams of antimatter produced above thunderstorms on Earth, a phenomenon never seen before.
1 January 2011
Richard Alley, a geology professor at Penn State University, uses the gift of song to teach his students about the geosciences.
1 January 2011
Earth scientists, oceanographers and engineers worked with the youngest of scientists on real research contributing to real issues in today's world.
21 December 2010
President's Message from AGU president Mike McPhaden addressing new White House guidelines regarding scientific integrity. See links at the bottom of the message for additional information.
1 December 2010
Many coastal wetlands worldwide, including several on the U.S. Atlantic coast, may be more sensitive than previously thought to climate change and sea-level rise projections for the 21st century. Scientists engaged in an international research modeling effort have made this conclusion in a paper published today in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.
15 November 2010
The AGU's board of directors has approved two new members who will bring expertise in science policy and communication: policy advisor Floyd DesChamps and author Chris Mooney. Their selection reflects AGU's commitment to applying the results of scientific research to challenges faced by the global community, many of which are based in the geosciences.
11 November 2010
The Inaugural US Science and Engineering Festival recently concluded with an Expo on the National Mall and surrounding areas 23 – 24 October 2010.
11 November 2010
Geophysicists are drilling into an earthquake and tsunami origination zone below the ocean floor off the coast of Japan to learn more about what triggers these events. In the largest scientific drilling operation to date, scientists hope to collect samples from the dig to study any changes in tectonic plates that occur as an earthquake starts. Experts will also monitor activity up close with sensors placed deep below the ocean floor.
6 October 2010
This AGU Letter to the Editor applauds the denial of a demand by the Virginia Attorney General for private e-mails and other documents related to the research of climate scientist and former University of Virginia professor Michael Mann. The letter was published on 17 September 2010 by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. (Scroll down to read letter)
1 September 2010
Climate change will exacerbate air quality problems, says Jeffrey Stehr, PhD, atmospheric scientist at the University of Maryland. It has also led researchers to collaborate more as they try to understand the interactions between gases and particles that both warm the planet and harm people's health.
The American Geophysical Union affirms the basic scientific conclusions of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report and endorses the recommendations of the InterAcademy Council for improving the IPCC process.
11 August 2010
Studying past climate in one of the world's driest deserts, the Atacama Desert, is not easy, since there are very few records that researchers can use to reconstruct ancient temperatures and rainfall. But now paleoclimatologists have found a trove of information in the form of fossilized Chinchilla rat feces.
10 August 2010
To better understand and anticipate climate change, scientists are trying to determine where carbon is being absorbed and released, and how much. David Butman is a member of a Yale University team that has analyzed thousands of measurements to determine what role U.S. rivers play in the carbon cycle.
4 August 2010
President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate Scott Doney as Chief Scientist at NOAA. Doney is a senior scientist in the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). His research focuses on marine ecosystem dynamics and the role of the ocean in the global carbon cycle. He returned to WHOI in 2002 following 11 years in the Advanced Study Program and Climate and Global Dynamics Division at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Doney is an AGU Fellow and Macelwane medalist.
1 August 2010
Astrophysicists created a website that allows anyone around the globe to log in and contribute information about galaxies they observed. The website asks that contributors classify the galaxies by answering a series of questions about the way the galaxy looks. From these efforts, several new galaxies have been discovered.
Outstanding early career scientist and student were selected recipients of AGU's Bruno Martinelli Travel Fellowship to support their attendance at the 2010 Workshop of the European Seismological Commission “Earthquakes and Volcanoes” in Clermont-Ferrand, France, 18–25 September 2010.
Outstanding early career scientists and students were selected recipients of AGU's Berkner Travel Fellowship to attend the 2010 Meeting of the Americas in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, 08–12 August 2010.
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