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GeoCinema Online: The Geological Storage of CO2

27 Aug

 Welcome to week two of GeoCinema Screenings!

In a time when we can’t escape the fact that anthropogenic emissions are contributing to the warming of the Earth, we must explore all the options to reduce the impact of releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The three films this week tackle the challenge of separating CO2 from other emissions and then storing it in geological formations deep underground (Carbon Capture and Storage, CCS).

Infografics of the CO2 Storage at the pilot site in Ketzin (modified after: Martin Schmidt, Credit:

Infografics of the CO2 Storage at the pilot site in Ketzin (modified after: Martin Schmidt, Credit:

Geological Conditions and Capacities

Porous rocks with good permeability have, in Germany and world-wide, the highest potential for geological CO2 storage. Where do these rocks occur? And which further criteria do potential CO2 storage sites need to meet?

Ketzin Pilot Site

At the Ketzin pilot site in Brandenburg, Germany, CO2 has been injected into an underground storage formation since June, 2008. …”. The monitoring methods used at the pilot site Ketzin are among the most comprehensive in the field of CO2 storage worldwide. Of importance is the combination of different monitoring methods, each with different temporal and spatial resolutions. Which methods are used? And what has already been learned?

Scientific Drilling at the Pilot Site Ketzin

Well Ktzi203 offers, for the first time, the unique opportunity to gain samples ) from a storage reservoir that have been exposed to CO2 for more than four years. The film follows how the samples were collected and studied.


You can view all three films and journey through the exploration of CCS here.

Have you enjoyed the films? Why not take a look the first posts in this series: Saturn and its icy moon or some of the films in last year’s series?

Stay tuned to the next post of Geo Cinema Online for more exciting science videos!


All three films are developed as part of the Forshungsprojekt, COMPLETE, Pilotstandort Ketzin. (Source).

GeoCinema Online: Saturn and its Icy Moon

13 Aug

It is day three of the General Assembly in Vienna, there are no sessions directly relevant to your research scheduled in the programme for this afternoon and you would really like to take a bit of a break from the hustle and bustle of the main scientific sessions. Where do you head? Down to the Basement (Blue Level) and to the GeoCinema, of course!

GeoCinema has been a regular on the General Assembly Programme for a few years now. The aim is to provide a platform for scientists to communicate their science via the medium of film; some of the movies are stunning displays of our beautiful planet whilst others focus on specific geoscientific or educational issues. It is the perfect place for conference attendees to kick back and relax whilst being taken on a journey to explore the wonders of the Earth and Space.

This year a total of 39 films were screened over the five day period, but given the host of other sessions, talks and discussions available during the Assembly, it’s not surprising you may have missed the one film you really wanted to watch! A series of blog posts (GeoCinema Online) last year, brought the films right into the comfort of your own home (or office) and we’ve continued the series this year too. Over the next few weeks you can look forward to a series of posts which will showcase films and research from some of the most exciting fields across the Earth sciences.

This week Saturn, the giant ringed planet and its moon: Titan take centre stage.

Cassini: 8 Years around Saturn

A video was created using the images taken by Cassini probe of the Saturnian system since 2004.

Propylene on Titan

Too cold for liquid water, and yet it is a lot like Earth – tune into Titan’s secrets.


Cassini 8 Years around Saturn: Nahum Mendez Chazarra (source)

Propylene on Titan: NASA Goddard (source)

Stay tuned to the next post of GeoCinema Online for more exciting science videos!

GeoCinema at the 2014 General Assembly

17 Apr

(Credit: Thin Ice)

Just a taste of the scenes being showcased in GeoCinema. (Credit: Thin Ice)

GeoCinema is the home of geoscience films at the EGU General Assembly. This year features 38 fantastic films from across the geosciences, so you can step into some soil science, dive into deep ocean investigations, catch a glimpse of climate change research and more!

GeoCinema runs almost continuously throughout the conference, with short films, documentaries and feature length productions playing throughout the week in B12 (Blue Level) from 10:30 until 19:00 every day of the Assembly.

You can view and download the GeoCinema schedule, together with brief film descriptions, here.



This year’s young scientist video competition adds another dimension to the event, as finalist films from the EGU Communicate Your Science Video Competition will also be screened during the GeoCinema breaks. You can vote for your favourite by giving it a thumbs up on YouTube – on your laptop, smartphone or voting station outside B12. The winning video will be announced at the EGU Booth at 12:15!

EGU 2014 Communicate Your Science Video Competition

19 Mar

Earlier this year we launched the Communicate Your Science Video Competition, a great opportunity to share research in the Earth, planetary and space sciences with the general public. What’s more, there’s a free registration to the 2015 General Assembly up for grabs and we’ve just extended the deadline to give you more time to get filming!

What’s it about?

Young scientists pre-registered for the EGU General Assembly are invited to take part in the EGU’s first ever Communicate Your Science Video Competition.

The aim: to produce a video up-to-three-minutes long to share your research with the general public.

The prize: a free registration to the General Assembly in 2015.

Your video can include scenes of you out in the field and explaining an outcrop, or at the lab bench showing how to work out water chemistry; entries can also cartoons, animations (including stop motion), or music videos – you name it! As long as you’re explaining concepts in the Earth, planetary and space sciences in a language suitable for a general audience, you can be as creative as you like.

Need some inspiration? Sam Illingworth has put together a poetic example:

How to enter

Send your video to Sara Mynott ( by 5 April, together with proof of online pre-registration to EGU 2014. Video files can be large, so we recommended using Dropbox, Wetransfer, or an alternative file-sharing service

Check the EGU website for more information about the competition and pre-register for the conference on the EGU 2014 website.

Shortlisted videos will be showcased on the EGU YouTube Channel shortly before the General Assembly.  In the run up to the conference, and during the meeting, viewers can vote for their favourite film by clicking on the video’s ‘like’ button. The winning video will be the one with the most likes by the end of the General Assembly.

Any questions? Just send an email to


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