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Named Lectures

Named Lectures

#AGU20 features 28 awards given by AGU sections to recognize distinguished scientists with proven leadership in their fields of science. Many consider these lectures to be a highlight of the Fall Meeting, a showcase of the breadth and depth of discovery and solution science that AGU members are spearheading.

Dennis HansellDennis A. Hansell

The William S. and Carelyn Y. Reeburgh Lecture

Oceanic Dissolved Organic Carbon: The World Tour

7 Dec 7:00am PT


Michael E. MannMichael E. Mann

Stephen Schneider Memorial Lecture

The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet

7 Dec 10:30am PT


Benjamin SanterBenjamin D. Santer

Bert Bolin Global Environmental Change Lecture

Revisiting the IPCC’s “Discernible Human Influence” Finding: History and Lessons Learned

7 Dec 4:00pm PT


Rafael BrasRafael L. Bras

Walter B. Langbein Lecture

So Much Data and So Few Ways to Use It: The Era of Data Rich Hydrology

8 Dec 10:30am PT


Roderick A. Heelis

The 2020 Hanson and SPA Award Lectures

Space Science the Hanson Way

8 Dec 4:00pm PT


V RamaswamyV. Ramaswamy

Jule Gregory Charney Lecture

Aerosols and their Gaming of the Climate System: Microscale presence to Macroscopic impacts

8 Dec 5:30pm PT


Sandra ChapmanSandra C. Chapman

Lorenz Lecture

Multiscale, Nonlinear Space Physics ‘In the Wild’: From Fundamental Physics to Quantifying Risk

9 Dec 10:30am PT


Christie RoweChristie D. Rowe

Francis Birch Lecture

Walking the seismogenic zone: A field geology perspective on earthquakes

9 Dec 4:00pm PT


Malcolm SambridgeMalcolm Sambridge

Beno Gutenberg Lecture

A Biased Tour of Geophysical Inversion

9 Dec 5:30pm PT


Maud BoyetMaud Boyet

The Reginald Daly Lecture

The terrestrial magma ocean: geochemical constraints

10 Dec 7:00am PT


Drew HarvellDrew Harvell

Rachel Carson Lecture

Oceanic Pandemics from Foundation to Keystone Species

10 Dec 10:30am PT


Jaap NienhuisJaap Nienhuis

Robert Sharp Lecture

Testing morphodynamic theories by comparing and contrasting river deltas

10 Dec 4:00pm PT


Arnold GordonArnold L. Gordon

Harald Sverdrup Lecture

Tropical Ocean to Southern Ocean coupling: Indonesian Throughflow and Weddell Sea Bottom Water

11 Dec 10:30am PT


Elizabeth BarnesElizabeth A. Barnes

Future Horizons in Climate Science: Turco Lectureship

Explainable AI for the Geosciences

11 Dec 5:30pm PT


Hunter WaiteJack H. Waite

Eugene Shoemaker Lecture

Cassini's Chronicle of Carbon in the Saturn System

7 Dec 7:00am PT


Robert PepinRobert O. Pepin

Fred Whipple Lecture

Adventures in Planetary Science, 1960-2020

7 Dec 10:30am PT


Ruby LeungL. Ruby Leung

Jacob Bjerknes Lecture

A Quest to Understand and Model Regional Precipitation and Their Future Changes

7 Dec 5:30pm PT


Elisabeth SikesElisabeth L. Sikes

Emiliani Lecture

The Southern Ocean’s role in glacial cycles: Engine not caboose?

8 Dec 10:30am PT


Gordon BonanGordon B. Bonan

Tyndall History of Global Environmental Change Lecture

Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Forests, Climate Change, and Our Future

8 Dec 4:00pm PT


Maria T. Zuber

William Bowie Lecture

Geodetic Clues in Planetary Treasure Hunts

9 Dec 7:00am PT


Isabella VelicognaIsabella Velicogna

John F. Nye Lecture

Weighting climate change in the cryosphere from space

9 Dec 10:30am PT


Kristina LynchKristina A. Lynch

The 2020 Marcel Nicolet Lecture

Exploring near Earth space with sounding rockets]

9 Dec 4:00pm PT


Robert McPherronRobert L. McPherron

The 2020 Van Allen Lecture

Solar Wind Coupling and Magnetospheric Substorms

9 Dec 5:30pm PT


Giuliano DiBaldassarreGiuliano Di Baldassarre

Paul A. Witherspoon Lecture

Hydrological Extremes and Human Society

10 Dec 10:30am PT


Augusto NeriAugusto Neri

Gilbert F. White Distinguished Lecture Award

Modeling explosive eruption dynamics and hazards: achievements and future challenges

10 Dec 10:30am PT


Erin RobinsonErin Robinson

Greg Leptoukh Lecture

Putting Data to Work: Moving science forward together beyond where we thought possible!

10 Dec 5:30pm PT


Compton J. Tucker

Carl Sagan Lecture

Earth System Perspectives Inspired by Carl Sagan

11 Dec 10:30am PT


Andrew RobertsAndrew P. Roberts

Edward Bullard Lecture

Mineral Magnetism: Some Surprises And Future Challenges

15 Dec 4:00pm PT