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.

(Credit: NASA/LANDSAT)

(Credit: NASA/LANDSAT)

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: Get the Assembly mobile app!

16 Apr

The EGU 2014 mobile app is now available for iPhones and Android smartphones. To download it, you can scan the QR code available at the General Assembly website or go directly to http://app.egu2014.eu on your mobile device. You will be directed to the version of the EGU 2014 app for your particular smartphone, which you can download for free.

Once you open the app, the dashboard will show you four possibilities: you can browse and search the meeting programme, select presentations to be added to your own personal programme, and find out more about the General Assembly on Twitter.

Spot the difference! The dashboard on the iPhone and Android app.

Spot the difference! The dashboard on the iPhone and Android app.

The icon in the top left takes you to the main menu, where you can read more about the Assembly, and if you find yourself lost in the conference centre, there are floor plans to show you the way:

The main menu on the iPhone (left) and Android (right) app.

The main menu on the iPhone (left) and Android (right) app.

You can browse the meeting programme by selecting “Browse” (also accessible from the dashboard), and choose a session or group of sessions (example, Short Courses, SC) for a list of talks including title, date, time and location. The coloured square indicates in what level the room is located (Blue Level – Basement, Green Level – First Floor, etc.).

Sessions

Browsing Short Courses on the iPhone (left) and Android (right) app.

By clicking on a listed talk, you can find more information about the presentation in question. To add an oral or poster presentation to your personal programme (accessible from the dashboard or side menu), simply click on the star on the top right corner of the description. You can also add it to your phone calendar by turning the “In Calendar” button on.

Session details listed in the iPhone (left) and Android (right) app.

Session details listed in the iPhone (left) and Android (right) app.

Presentations already added to your personal programme will be listed with a yellow star. Simply click on the yellow star again to remove it. You can synchronise this information with your online personal programme by selecting the icon in the top right corner of your programme. This will let you access the same information from the EGU 2014 website.

Create your own personal programme using the iPhone (left) and Android (right) app.

Create your own personal programme using the iPhone (left) and Android (right) app.

For what’s going on during – and in the lead up to – the Assembly, select the Twitter icon from the dashboard. If you are unfamiliar with Twitter, this is essentially a news feed for the General Assembly, where you can follow what’s going on in real-time, see what sessions other people recommend and ask questions of Assembly participants. To ask a question or highlight a great session, simply click on the bird (iPhone) or share icon (Android). All tweets are automatically tagged with #EGU2014 so they will be added to the conference Twitter feed.

We hope you enjoy the app and the conference, see you in Vienna!

Video Competition finalists – time to get voting!

15 Apr

This year we’re running the first ever EGU Communicate Your Science Video Competition – the aim being for young scientists to communicate their research in a short, sweet and public-friendly video. Our judges have now selected 4 fantastic finalists from the excellent entries we received this year and it’s time to find the best geoscience communication clip!

The shortlisted videos will be open to a public vote from now until midnight on 1 May – just ‘like’ the video on YouTube to give it your seal of approval. The video with the most likes when voting closes will be awarded a free registration to the EGU General Assembly 2015.

The finalists are shown below, but you can also catch them in this finalist playlist and even take a seat in GeoCinema – the home of geoscience films at the General Assembly – to see the shortlist and select your favourite.

Please note that only positive votes will be taken into account.

The finalists:

Into the Iron Zone by Carolina Reyes. Like this video to vote for it!

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Understanding Ice-Sheet Stability Using Rocks by Richard Jones. Like this video to vote for it!

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Hydrological Drought Predictions for Reservoir Management: What’s the Use? by Louise Crochemore. Like this video to vote for it!

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SLOMOVE by Giulia Chinellato. Like this video to vote for it!

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The winning entry will be announced during the lunch break on the last day of the General Assembly (Friday 2 May).

Imaggeo on Mondays: Villarrica Volcano

14 Apr

This week’s Imaggeo on Mondays highlights the vulnerability of Villarrica’s slopes and zooms in on the volcano’s spectacular crater…

Villarrica, one of the largest stratovolcanoes in Chile, is also one of the country’s most active. The volcano is iced by glaciers that make the mountain a stunning scene, but also a dangerous one. The glaciers cover some 30 square-kilometres of the volcano and, during an eruption, the snow and ice melts to form lahars (rapid mud flows that move at 30-40 kilometres per hour). These flows present a formidable hazard to the towns that flank the volcano.

Villarrica from above – if you look closely, you can see the traces of lahars on the volcano’s northwest flanks. (Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/Jesse Allen/Robert Simmon)

Villarrica from above – if you look closely, you can see the traces of lahars on the volcano’s northwest flanks. (Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/Jesse Allen/Robert Simmon)

Villarica’s crater spans some 250 metres and takes the form of steeply sloping basalt. The cherry on the volcanic cake (and just out of shot here) is the lava lake at its summit. Villarrica is constantly degassing through this lava lake – a process that releases pressure below the surface. Without it, eruptions would be much more violent.

Peering into the crater of Villarrica Volcano, Chile. (Credit: Dávid Karátson via imaggeo.egu.eu)

Peering into the crater of Villarrica Volcano, Chile. (Credit: Dávid Karátson via imaggeo.egu.eu)

Imaggeo is the EGU’s open access geosciences image repository. Photos uploaded to Imaggeo can be used by scientists, the press and the public provided the original author is credited. Photographers also retain full rights of use, as Imaggeo images are licensed and distributed by the EGU under a Creative Commons licence. You can submit your photos here.

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