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EGU is coming up – and we are part of the blogroll!

Europe’s biggest geoscience conference, the EGU General Assembly 2014, is approaching! Held in Vienna, Austria since about ten years by the European Geoscience Union, it brings together loads and loads of scientists from even more scientific fields. It’s great to present your work to your scientific community (because it’s likely they are there) but it might be even more suitable to meet new people, who give you helpful or even challenging input for your work!Last year, during my first EGU meeting, I was really happy to have the EGU newspaper and mobile application to guide my way through the first hours and to help me getting organized during the week. It is way handier to have that on your phone than to carry a big printed volume of gazillion pages – and you have a good excuse for looking at your phone during mediocre talks.

I myself will be presenting two posters1 (luckily not on Friday2) and will hopefully have enough free time for interesting sessions. Drop a comment, if you want the community not to miss your contribution!

The EGU General Assembly 2014 in Vienna

Here are some of the sessions I plan consider to attend. Some are important, some are interesting, some rule under “could be relevant”, and some under “think outside the box”.

Monday, 28 April

8:30 – 12:15:  Earthquake ground-motion – Source, site and path effects (edit)
8:30 – 12:00: Active Tectonics and the Earthquake Cycle
10:30 – 12:00: Lithosphere dynamics, intraplate deformation, and sedimentary basins
13:30 – 15:00: Earthquakes, historical sources and faults: from raw observations to seismic parameters
13:30 – 17:00: Crustal faulting and deformation processes observed by InSAR, GPS and photogrammetry: From observations and monitoring to numerical and physical modeling
15:30 – 17:00: Advances in analogue and numerical modeling of geologic processes

Tuesday, 29 April

8:30 – 12:30: Induced and Triggered Seismicity: Theory and Observations
8:30 – 12:30: Major achievements and perspectives in scientific ocean and continental drilling
10:30 – 12:00: Unconventional hydrocarbon resources: Advances and new technologies
10:30 – 12:00: The Role of Geoscientists in Public Policy
13:30 – 15:00: Sedimentary source-to-sink fluxes and sediment budgets
15:30 – 17:00: Transpressional/Transtensional deformation at oblique tectonic settings
15:30 – 17:00: Extreme events, multi-hazard and disaster risk assessment

Wednesday, 30 April

9:30 – 12:00: Tectonics, surface processes and sedimentation from mountain belts to sedimentary basins
15:30 – 17:00: Advances in paleostress/strain reconstructions in tectonic studies: methods, applications, perspectives
15:30 – 17:00: Digital Landscapes: Insights into geomorphological processes from high-resolution topography, quantitative interrogation and geomorphological mapping
15:30 – 17:00 | Great Debate: Metals in our backyard: to mine or not to mine

Thursday, 01 May

8:30 – 10:00: Seafloor- and Subseafloor Expression of Tectonic and Geomorphic Processes
8:30 – 12:00: Tsunami
13:30 – 17:00: Plate tectonics of Asia: India-Asia collision, SE Asia, Australia-Oceania and the Central Asian Orogenic Belt
15:30 – 17:00: Aeolian Processes and Landforms
15:30 – 17:00: Flash floods and associated hazards: monitoring, forecasting, preparedness and coping strategies
15:30 – 17:00 | Great Debate: Geoengineering the climate: the way forward?

Friday, 02 May

8:30 – 11:55: Climate, Tectonics and Earth Surface processes
13:30 – 16:45: Hydropower and other renewable sources of energy for a sustainable future: modeling and management issues
15:30 – 17:00: Intermontane basins: key sites for multidisciplinary approaches to decrypt tectonically active landscapes

That’s way too much, I guess. So I think I have to stick to relevant ones. But what is relevant? I fear it’s up to me and I’ll keep the freedom to skip one or another talk. Luckily it’s not my first EGU and I know how important NOT going to each and every session is.

So long,
Andreas Rudersdorf


PS: Don’t miss the EGU Young Scientists Forum at Tuesday, 29 April, 12:15 – 13:15!

1) I’d be really happy to meet you here:
Monday, 17:30 – 19:00 | Blue Posters | B466 | Seismites in slowly deforming regions – evidence for diffuse seismicity in the northern Ejina Basin (Gaxun Nur Basin), and
Wednesday, 17:30 – 19:00 | Blue Posters | B427 | The Hei River Basin in northwestern China – tectonics, sedimentary processes and pathways

2) because lots of scientists already leave on Friday afternoon, which is reeeeally a pity for those presenting then

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Andreas Rudersdorf

Andreas Rudersdorf

loves finding and exploring faults using remote sensing and shallow geophysics. No matter if slowly active, buried or just undiscovered! He is studing neotectonics in the Gobi desert at RWTH Aachen University.

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  • Andreas Rudersdorf | 2014-04-16|11:22 (UTC)

    There you go, guys. The app was released yesterday evening.

    “Please visit and your device will be directed to the proper app version download. You may also search for EGU2014 in Google Play (Android App Store) or in the Apple App Store.”

  • Koen Van Noten | 2014-04-17|11:53 (UTC)

    Cool Andreas,
    thanks for the overview. You might consider session SM2.3 on site effects on Monday morning (overlapping with active tectonics, though). I will present our H/V work there and also other authors will discuss HVSR, might be useful for you…
    See you in Vienna

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