U21C - Plenary I: Current Problems Facing Our Planet and Society
Lecture Instructional
During AGU’s first century, human activities and infrastructure have transformed the surface of our planet and even the composition of the atmosphere. These changes in turn are altering the threats posed by natural processes to human and other living communities, through complex and global connections that scientists seek to understand and predict. For example, interactions between the atmosphere, ocean, and ice sheets are essential for understanding the future rate of sea level rise, a topic of urgency and salience for coastal communities worldwide. This session will touch on some of these connections between the changing planet and society.The exposure of human societies to geologic hazards, in particular, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and related phenomena, has increased significantly as population has increased, and development has moved into areas of increased risk. Additionally, society's increasing dependence on Earth's limited resources raises new challenges about how to use these resources wisely and sustainably, and manage the risks associated with resource depletion. The afternoon sessions will address a range of new approaches and perspectives on these topics, spanning earthquake and volcanic hazards, fluids in the Earth, and energy in the Earth.

December 2019

From Tuesday, 10 December 2019 08:15 AM

To Tuesday, 10 December 2019 09:30 AM

Centennial Central, Inspire Stage
Moscone South, Hall D