16 November 2017

Defending U.S. Government Employed Earth and Space Scientists

Earth and space scientists work in key positions throughout the federal government. As civil servants, atmospheric scientists at NOAA, seismologists at the USGS, and hydrologists at the EPA– and frankly all other agency scientists – work to help fulfill their agencies’ missions and safeguard the health, economy, and security of all Americans. That’s why it’s so troubling to witness measures taken by some agencies to silence or even discredit federal …


14 November 2017

Thoughts from the Geoscience Alliance on National Native American Heritage Month

By Diana Dalbotten (Director of Diversity and Broader Impacts, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota); Nievita Bueno Watts (Director, McNair Scholars Programs, University of Northern Iowa); and Antony Berthelote (Hydrology Department Head, Salish Kootenai College)

In November, the United States recognizes the significant contributions the first Americans have made to the establishment and growth of the U.S with National Native American Heritage Month. Writing this as members of the AGU and on behalf of the Geoscience Alliance, a national alliance to promote broadening participation of Native Americans in the geosciences, we wish to call attention of the scientific community to consider not only the past …


8 November 2017

A Celebration of the Past and Opportunities for the Future

In nearly 100 years, AGU’s community – innovators, expansive thinkers and incisive researchers – has seen its fair share of discovery. We are proud of where we’ve been and what we’ve learned, and look eagerly ahead to the next phases of our journey. As AGU approaches its Centennial in 2019, we recognize that the global and societal challenges we face today that are likely to become even more acute in …


3 November 2017

4th U.S. National Climate Assessment: Reinforcing the Scientific Consensus

Volume 1 of the Congressionally mandated 4th U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA) was released earlier this month. Led by scientists working at NOAA, the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) is the work of many of the nation’s most accomplished climate scientists. Used as a core blueprint used to inform the public and craft public policy decisions to address climate change, the report is a rigorously evaluated document that has gone …


1 November 2017

Just Over the Horizon: Fall Meeting 2017

By Denis-Didier Rousseau, AGU Fall Meeting Chair, Senior Research Scientist at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique It is my pleasure to introduce some highlights of the 2017 Fall Meeting. This year, our revised program structure will ensure the presentation of exciting new research and encourage even more interactive discussions. Conveners were offered a variety of presentation formats to ensure the best possible fit of their session topic to the appropriate …


31 October 2017

EPA’s Advisory Panel Announcement Robs Americans of a Critical Resource

In a disappointing move this afternoon, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt confirmed his plan to disallow EPA grantees from serving on scientific advisory panels. This forces highly qualified scientists to choose between pursuing their science or serving on the Science Advisory Board (SAB) and the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), undermining the ability of the EPA to fulfill its purpose to ensure “that all Americans are protected from significant risks …


23 October 2017

Announcing the Celebration of AGU’s Centennial

By Chris McEntee, AGU Executive Director and CEO, and Tim Grove, AGU Past President and Centennial Task Force Chair Nearly 100 years ago, two National Research Council committees merged to form the American Geophysical Union. What began as a small research organization, has grown to become an important and influential voice and leader in the Earth and space sciences worldwide. As we face current and future global and social challenges, …


17 October 2017

The Great ShakeOut: In the Wake of the Great Fire and Great Flood

By Ross S. Stein, President of the AGU Tectonophysics Section, CEO of, and Adjunct Professor of Geophysics, Stanford University Fire and Rain Over the past week, those of us living in northern California, and perhaps people throughout the arid western U.S., have watched in horror as fires continue to sweep through the wine country, taking lives and livelihoods. As we watch fires burn, we have been asking ourselves “Am …


9 October 2017

Earth Science and Human Activity: Taking Action to Avert Catastrophe

By Linda Rowan, AGU Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences (SIPS) Focus Group President, and Director of External Affairs, UNAVCO Inc. Earth science captures the public’s attention when a natural disaster strikes, when natural resources are needed or when Earth’s environment faces a threat. As the Earth science community prepares to celebrate Earth Science Week from 8-14 October 2017, with a theme of Earth Science and Human Activity, there has been …


3 October 2017

Reflections on World Space Week 2017

By Larry Paxton, AGU Space Physics and Aeronomy Section President and Head of Geospace and Earth Science Group at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory The human race is beginning to take its first tentative steps off the planet Earth. As we become a spacefaring civilization, we will not only explore space, but we will endeavor to use space, just as we use the resources of earth. We will, …