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Geography at the European Geosciences Union (EGU)

Posted on 05/04/2013
European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2013

The Geography Department at King's College London will be sending a large contingent to this year's European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly taking place in Vienna, Austria 7 -12 April 2013. Prof Bruce Malamud, Prof MartinWooster, Dr Andreas Baas, Dr Ronan Paugam, and PhD students Joel Gill, Faith Taylor, Zoe Lee, Na Yan are all scheduled to attend and present.

Bruce Malamud will present three talks at the EGU, one on research related to tornadoes with his collaborator Prof Don Turcotte (University of California Davis), another on research recently completed with Dr Annette Witt to do with time series analysis and the subject of a 111 page review paper that is currently in press, and the last a 45 minute talk to 80 highschool teachers on landslides. In addition, he will be co-author with two PhD students working with him, one presentation by Joel Gill and another by Faith Taylor, and he will be coauthor on two other presentations related to other recent research he has done. While at the EGU Bruce will also partake in editorial board meetings for the journal that he is executive editor on (Natural Hazards and Earth Systems Sciences) and two 'outreach' committee meetings. He will also take part in a panel discussion for a workshop on finding jobs.

Andreas Bass, Na Yan and Zoe Lee will present talks on aeolian geomorphology. King's aeolian geomorphology contingent, lead by Dr Andreas Baas, will be actively contributing to the EGU this year, particularly at the main Aeolian Processes and Landforms session, with PhD student Na Yan presenting her work on computer simulation of dune transformations influenced by vegetation, and with PhD student Zoë Lee presenting a poster on her analysis of Reynolds shear stress in boundary layer turbulence. Andreas will also be co-convening a session on Coastal Zone Geomorphological Interactions.

Joel Gill will be attending the EGU General Assembly both as a PhD student, and as the National Director of an organisation (Geology for Global Development, GfGD) working with young geoscience students. Over the course of the conference he will be givr two presentations. The first, part of the session 'Multi-Hazard Natural and Technological Risks: Assessments and Impacts' is a poster on his PhD work, titled 'The Relative Severity of Single Hazards within a Multi-Hazard Framework'. The second presentation is on the work that GfGD is doing to establish student placements, during the 'Geoethics and Geoeducation' session. 

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is the largest European Earth and Planetary Sciences organisation and is a dynamic, innovative and interdisciplinary learned society. It was created in 2002 through the fusion of the European Geophysical Society (EGS) and the European Union of Geosciences (EUG). The EGU  brings more than 10,000 geoscientists to its annual general assembly, but also includes smaller conferences and short courses. The EGU is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all the broad geosciences and in the planetary and space sciences, and its membership is dominated by the academic community, although increasingly the EGU is building links with other international science unions, with industry and with policy-makers. 

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