Europe’s biggest geoscience conference goes virtual

Every year about 15 000 scientists descend on Vienna for the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union. This year due to coronavirus restrictions it will be the biggest virtual gathering of geoscientists from around the world. Ten of our experts will showcase their work on topics such as weather extremes, climate adaptation, and interrelations between land management and climate, as well as energy systems modeling.

Date30 April 2020
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The online EGU is free for all participants and take places from 4 to 8 May 2020 (CEST). Each session hosts a live, text-based chat for exchange and discussion on the topic the presentations.

Here are their presentations:

Increasing risks of apple tree forest damage under climate change
Inga Menke, Carl-Friedrich Schleussner and Peter Pfleiderer
Session: Compound weather and climate events (ITS2.16/NH10.6)
Live chat 04 May (8:30-10:15)

Limits on nature-based solutions for coastal adaptation based on climate change indicators
Rose Martyr-Koller, Tabea Lissner, Carl-Friedrich Schleussner
Session: Nature-based solutions in urban environments (ITS2.12/HS12.24)
Live chat 05 May 2020 (8:30-10:15)

Introducing the beta version of ISIpedia, the open climate-impacts encyclopedia
Burcu Yesil, Quentin Lejeune, Inga Menke, Kaylin Lee
Session: Climate services – underpinning science (CL5.7)
Live chat 05 May 2020 (10:45-12:30)

Simulating compound weather extremes responsible for critical crop failure with stochastic weather generators
Peter Pfleiderer
Session: Extremes in geophysical sciences: dynamics, thermodynamics and impacts (NP2.3)
Live chat 05 May (14:00-15:45)

Observation-constrained radiative forcing from historical land-cover changes in CMIP5 models
Quentin Lejeune
Session: Earth radiation budget, radiative forcing and climate change (CL2.1)
Live chat 06 May 2020 (14:00-15:45)

Emerging heat extremes, adaptation and the speed of socio-economic development
Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, Peter Pfleiderer, Marina Andrijevic
Session: Climate extremes, tipping dynamics, and earth resilience in the Anthropocene (ITS3.2/NH10.7)
Live chat 06 May 2020 (14:00-18:00)

Warming-level dependent adaptation requirements and consequent limits to adaptation
Tabea Lissner
Session: Climate extremes, tipping dynamics, and earth resilience in the Anthropocene
Live chat 06 May 2020 (14:00-15:45)

Assessing future hurricane risk in the Caribbean based on large-scale predictor fields (Peter and Carl)
Peter Pfleiderer, Carl-Friedrich Schleussner
Session: Tropical meteorology and tropical cyclones
Live chat 06 May (16:15-18:00)

Projections of global labour productivity under climate change
Nicole van Maanen, Carl-Friedrich Schleussner
Session: Economics and econometrics of climate change: evaluating the drivers, impacts and policies of climate change (ITS5.4/CL3.4)
Live chat 07 May 2020 (8:30-10:15)

Integrating LCLM feedbacks into climate models: an emulator approach
Shruti Nath, Quentin Lejeune, Carl-Friedrich Schleussner
Session: Land use and land cover change effects on surface biogeophysics, biochemistry and climate (BG3.11) 
Live chat 07 May 2020 (10:45-12:30)

Integrating energy sectors in state-resolved energy system model for Australia
Tina Aboumahboub
Session: Spatial and temporal modelling of renewable energy systems
Live chat 07 May 2020 (16:15-18:00)

Closing the Global Irrigation Yield Gap alongside SSPs
Nicole van Maanen, Marina Andrijevic, Carl-Friedrich Schleussner
Session: Modeling agricultural systems under global change (BG3.18)
Live chat 08 May (8:30-10:15)