AGU Fall Meeting: Today’s press events; General sessions; Potentially newsworthy sessions

12 December 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — Discover the latest Earth and space science news at the 49th annual AGU Fall Meeting this December, when about 24,000 attendees from around the globe are expected to assemble for the largest worldwide conference in the Earth and space sciences. This year, the meeting runs from Monday through Friday, Dec. 12-16, 2016 at the Moscone Center, 747 Howard St., San Francisco, California.

Included in this announcement:

  1. Today’s press events
  2. Noteworthy sessions happening today
  3. Potentially newsworthy sessions
  4. Online media resources

Please visit the 2016 Fall Meeting Media Center to view previous media advisories that include important information about press registration, badge pickup, quiet rooms, searching the scientific program, and AGU On-Demand.

  1. Today’s press events

8:00 a.m. – Attributing mountain glacier retreat to climate change
9:00 a.m. – How animals will fare in a changing climate
10:45 a.m. – H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco (Media Availability)
11:30 a.m. – Mapping the flow of ice around the globe
1:30 p.m. – Update on results from the IODP-ICDP Chicxulub Impact Crater Drilling Expedition
2:30 p.m. – Defending the home planet
4:00 p.m. – The ocean’s hidden heat
5:00 p.m. – Water world: Historic floods, sea level rise, storm surge and climate change

All Fall Meeting press events will be streamed live on the AGU press events webpage and archived on AGU’s YouTube channel.

  1. Noteworthy sessions happening today

  • H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco will deliver the Presidential Forum Lecture from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. in Moscone North, Hall E. A media availability will be held preceding the lecture in the Press Conference Room: Moscone West, Room 3000. This session will be streamed live on AGU On-Demand.
  • Kickoff Conversation on the Importance of Data in the Earth and Space Sciences: Rebecca Moore, Director of Google Earth, Earth Engine & Outreach, will discuss Google’s perspective on working with big data, especially from space, and the emergence of the use of massively-parallel cloud computing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence and other tools to extract meaning and insight from these petapixel-scale datasets from 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. in Moscone South, Room 104. This session will be streamed live on AGU On-Demand.
  • Strategies for Attracting and Advancing a Diverse Geoscience Workforce: This session will highlight successful programs for attracting and advancing historically-underrepresented Earth scientists at multiple career stages and identify strategies that AGU and its members can enact to broaden the participation of a diverse membership and workforce. The session will take place from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Moscone West, Room 2016.

Registered journalists who are interested in attending these events should meet an AGU staff member at the entrance to the lecture hall 30 minutes prior to the start of the talk. The Presidential Forum Lecture will be streamed live in the Press Conference Room.

  1. Potentially newsworthy presentations happening today

  1. Online media resources

For journalists: During the Fall Meeting, journalists can find many resources online in the Virtual Press Room in the Media Center on the Fall Meeting website. These resources include press releases, press conference materials and other information. Videos of press conferences will be added to the Virtual Press Room during the meeting for easy online access.

For public information officers: PIOs are now able to share press releases and other materials in the Virtual Press Room by directly uploading them via the Press Item Uploader. PIOs can upload press releases, tip sheets and press conference materials to the Virtual Press Room at any time before or during the meeting, including uploading items in advance and scheduling them to post during the meeting.

The AGU press office is offering two new online tools to connect reporters with scientific experts at the 2016 Fall Meeting. The Find an Expert tool allows public information officers to list scientific experts who are available to be interviewed by reporters at the meeting. The Request an Expert tool allows reporters to send requests for experts directly to PIOs.

More information about these tools can be found in the Fall Meeting Media Center.


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AGU Fall Meeting Press Room:
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