Event Schedule

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Press conferences, media roundtable Q&A sessions and media availabilities will take place in the press rooms in Moscone South, Level 3. The roundtable and press conference rooms can be accessed through the main Press Room, in room 306-7.

All press conferences and roundtables will be hybrid, taking place in person and broadcast via Zoom on the AGU23 online platform. Find press events in the online platform's "program" tab by filtering for "type=press." Media must be registered for the meeting as press in order to attend, in person or virtually.

Media availabilities are in-person only and held at a reserved table in the main Press Room.

All press conferences and roundtables will be recorded and uploaded to  on the same day as the event. Slides and other materials from press presentations will be available in the Press Information Exchange on AGU Connect.

The press conference schedule is subject to change before or during #AGU23. Press conferences may be added or dropped; their titles, emphases or participants may change.

* Events are listed in Pacific Standard Time (UTC -8 hours)

Monday, 11 December

    1:30 p.m. Media roundtable
    The Heliophysics Big Year: Solar Eclipses, Exciting Missions, Collaborative Science, and More

    Kicked off by the annular solar eclipse on October 14, the Heliophysics Big Year is a global celebration of solar science and the Sun’s influence on the entire solar system. The Big Year invites everyone to participate in Heliophysics science. It includes a total solar eclipse in North America on April 8, 2024, and continues through December 2024, when NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will make its closest approach to the Sun. Panelists will share NASA science and engagement opportunities during the 2024 total solar eclipse and the Big Year, what we hope to learn from NASA Heliophysics missions such as the newly launched Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE), and how citizen scientists are helping to investigate our star and its influence on us all.


    • Kelly Korreck, NASA Headquarters – Heliophysics Big Year overview and NASA eclipse efforts 
    • Elizabeth MacDonald, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – Eclipse and heliophysics citizen science 
    • Amir Caspi, Southwest Research Institute – NASA eclipse experiments 
    • Nour Raouafi, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory – Parker Solar Probe
    • David Fritts, Global Atmospheric Technologies and Sciences/Boulder – AWE mission


    Contact: Sarah Frazier, NASA, [email protected]

  • 4:30 p.m. Media availability
    Probing the atmospheres of “hot Jupiters”: New results from NASA’s first astrophysics SmallSat

    The Colorado Ultraviolet Transit Experiment (CUTE) is the first NASA-funded CubeSat mission to study a volatile class of planets known as “hot Jupiters.” Scalding hot and bombarded by extreme radiation from their nearby parent stars, their atmospheres puff up and escape, making them good laboratories for studying atmospheric escape, a process that affects the structure, composition, and evolution of many planets, including those in our solar system. Launched in 2021, CUTE uses a unique rectangular telescope that collects ~3x more photons than a traditional telescope, but fits in a satellite the size of a cereal box. The mission has recently begun to return exciting results that are helping us better understand how these and other planets evolve over billions of years.


    • Kevin France, CUTE Principal Investigator, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and University of Colorado Boulder faculty member


    Contact: Sara Pratt, LASP, [email protected]

    Associated abstracts:

Tuesday, 12 December
  • *NEW TIME*

    10:00 a.m. Press conference

    NOAA 2023 Arctic Report Card

    The NOAA 2023 Arctic Report Card provides the latest information on the disruptive impacts of climate change on a region warming more than three times as quickly as other regions. Featuring reports on air temperature, sea ice, ocean temperature, plankton blooms, snow cover, tundra greenness, precipitation and the Greenland ice sheet, this year’s report also offers new chapters on impacts to Alaskan salmon, melting subsea permafrost and two chapters demonstrating how integrating Indigenous knowledge can strengthen climate resilience. The work of 82 authors from 13 countries, the report is an internationally recognized primary source for scientists, media, Arctic communities and decision-makers.


    • Richard W. Spinrad, NOAA Administrator
    • Richard Thoman, International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks
    • Thomas Ballinger, International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks
    • Daniel Schindler, University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fisheries Science
    • Roberta Tuurraq Glenn-Borade, Alaska Arctic Observatory and Knowledge Hub 


    Contact: Monica Allen (NOAA), [email protected]

  • 1:30 p.m. Press conference
    1000 Sols and Counting: Perseverance Rover’s Latest Science and Future Plans

    With briefing day comes the 1,000th sol on Mars for Perseverance. Along with a look at the first 1K for the rover, the briefing will highlight the science results from the rover’s third science campaign that scoured the top of the Jezero delta in hunt for more scientifically collected, return-worthy samples from Mars. It will also chronicle first results from the rover’s latest science campaign, where the rover is looking at a sedimentary deposit that could be amongst the oldest yet investigated, and reveal for the first time the detailed future plans which will carry Perseverance up the rim and out of Jezero Crater. The status and significant progress made to date and future milestones to come in the agency’s Mars Sample Return program will also be covered.


    • Lori Glaze, NASA HQ
    • Ken Farley, Caltech
    • Libby Ives, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    • Morgan Cable, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    • Meenakshi Wadhwa, Arizona State University


    Contact: DC Agle, NASA JPL, [email protected]

  • 2:30 p.m. Media Availability
    Monitoring the Air We Breathe from Space: How NASA's TEMPO Instrument Will Revolutionize Air Quality Forecasts

    TEMPO (Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution) collects high-resolution, hourly, daytime measurements across North America. Data from TEMPO’s UV-visible spectrometer showing ozone, nitrogen dioxide and other pollutants at a spatial range of just several square miles — literally at the neighborhood level — will become available in early 2024. This first-of-its-kind data will provide ongoing aerosol and pollutant measurements that benefit the public and revolutionize air quality forecasts. 

    Panelists will speak to the instrument and mission, how traditional air monitoring campaigns benefit from and validate TEMPO’s data, and how early adopters will use the data.


    • Barry Lefer, TEMPO Program Scientist and Tropospheric Composition Program Manager for NASA
    • Laura Judd, Research Scientist/Associate Program Manager for Health and Air Quality in Earth Action at NASA’s Langley Research Center
    • Hazem Mahmoud, Atmospheric Science Data Center and Distributed Active Archive Center Scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center
    • Aaron Naeger, Physical Research Scientist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center


    Contact: Charles Hatfield, [email protected]


    3:30 p.m. Media availability
    Mapping the World’s Water: New Satellite Provides Game-Changing Data

    The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite measures the height of nearly all water on Earth’s surface, providing one of the most detailed, comprehensive views yet of our oceans and freshwater bodies. SWOT – a joint effort of NASA and CNES – started collecting scientific data this fall after months of system calibrations and validation, and the satellite is surpassing expectations. Launched less than a year ago, SWOT can “see” the braided features of rivers like Alaska’s Yukon River and sea levels right up to coastlines – something previous ocean-observing satellites can’t do. SWOT is even able to spot icebergs and sea ice.


    • Lee Fu, SWOT project scientist and lead ocean researcher, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    • Tamlin Pavelsky, SWOT lead freshwater researcher, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Contact: Jane J. Lee, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, [email protected]
  • 4:30 p.m. Media availability
    How do we build broad and durable climate action in America?

    American climate policy lacks a broad, durable commitment to accelerate the pace of action. The current challenge is to form a coalition that can sustain progress and ensure that the benefits of climate action—health, economic prosperity, and political voice—are enjoyed by all Americans. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on Accelerating Climate Action has released a report called "Forging Climate Solutions: How to Accelerate Action Across America", which provides a blueprint for the nation's response to climate change. The report offers five strategies and 21 recommendations for coordinating efforts across sectors, ideological divides, and diverse communities.

    The Commission on Accelerating Climate Action is one of the most diverse groups to address climate issues, with expertise spanning the arts, faith communities, environmental justice, youth activism, the natural and social sciences, Indigenous people and Indigenous Knowledge, public health, and urban design. The novelty of our report is thus not from any one recommendation but from our delineation of the fair bargain, which details how the private sector, frontline communities, government, and environmental groups convene to build infrastructure, reduce emissions, and prepare for the impacts of climate change.

    This availability will feature some of the diverse contributors to our report, discussing key recommendations, the fair bargain in practice, and methods of integrating environmental justice into the broader climate conversation.


    • Leo Curran, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    • Chris Field, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

    Contact: Leo Curran, AAAS, [email protected]

    Associated abstracts:

Wednesday, 13 December
  • 10:00 a.m. Media availability
    Earth Science at a Rapid PACE: A preview of NASA’s new ocean and atmospheres mission

    NASA’s PACE satellite, scheduled to launch January 2024, will study Earth in the full rainbow of colors. With a hyperspectral instrument that views the entire globe every two days, it will not only identify the ebbs and flows and migrations of phytoplankton blooms, but can identify which species makes up those blooms. Add in two multi-angle polarimeters that will map atmospheric aerosols and clouds from top to bottom, and scientists will be able to use PACE to investigate how the ocean and atmosphere interact and impact our planet’s changing climate.

    At this Media Availability, panelists can provide a primer on this mission, launching soon after AGU, and also discuss the real-world problems the data will be used for. This ranges from studying the role that microscopic oceanic organisms have in the carbon cycle and climate change, to tracking the locations of valuable fisheries or siting new aquaculture efforts, to identifying harmful algal blooms in recreational areas, and studying the effect of aerosols on the health of people in the Great Plains.


    • Jeremy Werdell, PACE project scientist, NASA Goddard
    • Natasha Sadoff, geographer and social scientist, NASA Goddard
    • Kirk Knobelspiesse, PACE atmospheric scientist, NASA Goddard


    Contact: Kate Ramsayer, [email protected]

  • 11:00 a.m. Press conference
    Marine carbon removal research, funding, applications and ethics

    Marine carbon dioxide removal aims to increase the role that the ocean already plays in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It is now considered an essential approach to limiting global warming to 1.5° Celsius by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. But despite the ocean’s large potential for carbon removal, many questions remain for marine carbon dioxide removal research. A panel of experts will discuss recent advances in public and private marine carbon dioxide removal and explore some ethical considerations. There will also be information about a pilot project currently underway in the Pacific Northwest.


    • Steve Thur, Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research at NOAA
    • Lisa Graumlich, President of AGU and climatologist at the University of Washington
    • Gabriella Kitch, Program Lead for Carbon Dioxide Removal at NOAA
    • Rory Jacobson, Senior Advisor for Deployment at the U.S. Department of Energy
    • Matt Eisaman, Chief Scientist and Co-Founder of Ebb Carbon, a startup company developing a marine carbon dioxide removal pilot project in Sequim, WA.


    Contact: Alison Gillespie, [email protected], 202-713-6644

    Contact for Lisa Graumlich: [email protected]

  • 1:30 p.m. Media workshop
    Can we map our way out of water shortages?

    In many places around the world, we are using more freshwater than our planet can replenish. To better understand emerging freshwater shortages and inspire sustainable action, the National Geographic Society, in partnership with Utrecht University and Esri, launched the World Water Map: a geovisualization of the world’s freshwater resources. Built on 40 years of data, the Map helps answer: where are the “water gap” hotspots where demand is outpacing supply? How do changes in groundwater resources affect communities? What sectors are driving water demand in different geographies? Answering these questions could change the way people use water and help identify sustainable solutions. 



    • Marc Bierkens, National Geographic Explorer, Professor of Hydrology and Vice Dean of Research Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University
    • Niko Wanders, Associate Professor of Hydrological Extremes, Utrecht University 
    • Myrthe Leijnse, PhD Candidate, Utrecht University  
    • Will Thompson, Senior Manager, Storytelling Programs, National Geographic Society 


    Contact: Steph Miceli, National Geographic, [email protected]

    Associated abstracts:

Thursday, 14 December
  • 1:30 p.m. Media roundtable

    NCA Atlas: A powerful new climate reporting tool


    The 5th National Climate Assessment (NCA5) released in November is the preeminent source of authoritative and usable climate information – risks, impacts, and responses – in the United States. The vast scope of the report may appear challenging for a reporter or data visualization provider looking to identify and extract local and regional climate data quickly. That's why USGCRP, NOAA and Esri built an interactive atlas to help reporters to explore the downscaled projections used in the report to add data and context to breaking news, and to help enterprising journalists identify under-reported climate stories.


    This Media Roundtable Q&A will be a live demo of the NCA Atlas developed by the NOAA Climate Program Office in conjunction with USGCRP. The atlas uses the Esri ArcGIS Hub. Following a demonstration, presenters will take reporter questions and query the Atlas. 



    • Alison Crimmins, US Global Change Research Program
    • Dan Pisut, Esri
    • Frank Niepold, NOAA Climate Program Office


    Contact: Monica Allen (NOAA; onsite), [email protected] and Theo Stein (NOAA), [email protected]


    Related sessions:


Friday, 15 December
  • 10:00 a.m. Media availability
    Using fiber optics to study Arctic seafloor permafrost

    The Arctic is remote, with often harsh conditions, and its climate is changing rapidly — warming four times faster than the rest of the Earth. This makes studying the Arctic climate both challenging and vital for understanding global climate change.

    Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories are using an existing fiber optic cable off Oliktok Point on the North Slope of Alaska to study the conditions of the Arctic seafloor up to 20 miles from shore. Christian Stanciu, project lead, will present their latest findings on Friday, Dec. 15 at AGU’s Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

    Their goal is to determine the seismic structure of miles of Arctic seafloor. Using an emerging technique, they can spot areas of the seafloor where sound travels faster than on the rest of the seafloor, typically because of more ice. They have identified several areas with lots of ice, said Stanciu, a Sandia geophysicist.


    • Christian Stanciu, Sandia National Laboratories


    Contact: Mollie Rappe, Sandia National Laboratories, [email protected]

    Associated abstracts:

  • New location - Plenary
    2:00 p.m. Media availability

    Pam Melroy (NASA Deputy Administrator) media opportunity

    Following her plenary talk at 1:00 PM PT on Friday, 15 December, NASA’s Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy will be available to discuss the agency’s Artemis program, through which NASA is going to the Moon for scientific discovery, capitalizing on the curiosity, dexterity, mobility, and rapid decision making that astronauts bring to the table as we seek to understand more about the universe and our place in it. Melroy can answer questions about why science is at the forefront of Artemis and how NASA is bringing about that vision.

    Participant: Pam Melroy

    Contact: Karen Fox, [email protected]

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