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Imaggeo, our open access image repository, is packed with beautiful images showcasing the best of the Earth, space and planetary sciences. Throughout the year we use the photographs submitted to the repository to illustrate our social media and blog posts.

For the past few years we’ve celebrated the end of the year by rounding-up some of the best Imaggeo images. But it’s no easy task to pick which of the featured images are the best! Instead, we turned the job over to you! We compiled a Facebook album which included all the images we’ve used as header images across our social media channels and on Imaggeo on Mondays blog post in 2016 an asked you to vote for your favourites.

Today’s post on #EGUBlogs rounds-up the best 12 images of Imaggeo in 2016, as chosen by you, our readers & followers: egu.eu/5VRZ7B

#ImaggeoOnMondays #Imaggeo #BestOf2016
Imaggeo, our open access image repository, is packed with beautiful images showcasing the best of the Earth, space and planetary sciences. Throughout the year we use the photographs submitted to the repository to illustrate our social media and blog posts. For the past few years we’ve celebrated the end of the year by rounding-up some of the best Imaggeo images. But it’s no easy task to pick which of the featured images are the best! Instead, we ...
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In the winter of 1432–33, people in Scotland had to use fire to melt wine in bottles before drinking it. In central Europe, many rivers and lakes froze over.

Searching through historical archives to find out more about the 15th-century climate of what is now Belgium, northern France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, Chantal Camenisch noticed something odd. “I realised that there was something extraordinary going on regarding the climate during the 1430s,” says the historian from the University of Bern in Switzerland.

She joined forces with Kathrin Keller, a climate modeller at the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research in Bern, and other researchers, to find out more about the 1430s climate and how it impacted societies in northwestern and central Europe. Their results are published today in Climate of the Past, a journal of the European Geosciences Union.

This press release highlights the main points from the paper, take a look to find out more about the unusual climate of the time and what it means for future #climatechange: egu.eu/07MBWH

#cold #Europe #climateofthepast #climate #temperature
A team of international researchers has looked into climate data and historical archives to find out more about the extraordinary climate of the 1430s and how it impacted societies in northwestern and central Europe. Their results are published today in Climate of the Past, a journal of the European Geosciences Union.
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Heroes of Antarctic exploration have played a crucial role in research that suggests the area of sea ice around Antarctica has barely changed in size in 100 years.

Ice observations recorded in the ships’ logbooks of explorers such as the British Captain Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton and the German Erich von Drygalski have been used to compare where the Antarctic ice edge was during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration (1897–1917) and where satellites show it is today.

The research is published today in our #openacess journal: The Cryosphere. Why not check it out: egu.eu/5ESI34

#Antarctic #explorers #SeaIce #RobertScott #Shackleton #EGUnews #EGUjournals
Heroes of Antarctic exploration have played a crucial role in research, published today in The Cryosphere, that suggests the area of sea ice around Antarctica has barely changed in size in 100 years.
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The US Presidential election this month saw Republican Donald Trump, a fierce climate sceptic, be elected into office.

In wake of the election results, this month’s GeoPolicy post will take a look at Trump’s proposed actions on climate change, how likely these are to happen, and what the climate and clean technology communities could do to limit the damage.

Read the full post on #EGUBlogs: egu.eu/4XUJK0

#GeoPolicy #EGUPolicy #climatechange
The US Presidential election this month saw Republican Donald Trump, a fierce climate sceptic, be elected into office. In wake of the election results, this month’s GeoPolicy post will take a look at Trump’s proposed actions on climate change, how likely these are to happen, and what the climate and clean technology communities could do to limit the damage. This tweet, written four years ago, has come to surmise Donald Trump’s views on climate ...
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Congratulations to the recipients of next year's 47 EGU awards & medals!

Researchers, from both European and non-European countries, are honoured for their important contributions to the Earth, planetary and space sciences.

They will receive their prizes at the EGU 2017 General Assembly, which will take place in Vienna on 23–28 April.

We've also announced the winners of the Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards corresponding to the 2016 General Assembly.

Find the full list of recipients and more about the awards by following the link: egu.eu/9QFALZ

#EGUnews #Awards&Medals #EGUecs
The EGU has named the 49 recipients of next year’s Union Medals and Awards, Division Medals, and Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Awards.
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Researching the Earth’s climate of the past, helps scientists make better predictions about how the climate and our environment will continue to be affected by, change and adapt to rising temperatures.

One of the most invaluable sources of data, when it comes to understanding the Earth’s past climate, are historical meteorological records.

With more data, better reconstructions of the atmospheric conditions in the southwest Pacific and Southern Hemisphere can be made. Combined with the newly found Davis’ records, these will make an important impact to the understanding of past weather and climate in the region.

Find out more about 'dirty #weather' diaries and how they help reconstruct the past #climate of #NewZealand in the #EGUBlogs: egu.eu/29X3YO

#atmosphericcirculation #atmosphericdynamics #Climateofthepast #ElNiño #meteorologicalrecords #meteorology #NewZealand
Researching the Earth’s climate of the past, helps scientists make better predictions about how the climate and our environment will continue to be affected by, change and adapt to rising temperatures. One of the most invaluable sources of data, when it comes to understanding the Earth’s past climate, are historical meteorological records. Accounts of weather and climate conditions for the Southern Hemisphere, prior to the 1850s, are particularly...
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You might notice we are a little quieter on social media over the Christmas break - we'll be reveling in #holidayjoy, we hope you do too! We'll be back to normal in 2017!

In the mean time we'll leave you with the latest from the #EGUBlogs:

With an impressive 360 posts published across the EGU’s Blogs, we thought we'd celebrate the excellent display of science writing across the network and division blogs by launching the EGU Blogs competition.

From now until Monday 15th January, we invite you, the EGU Blogs readers, to vote for your favourite post of 2016. Take a look at the poll on GeoLog, click on each post to read it in full, and cast your vote for the one you think deserves the accolade of best post of 2016. For all the details please follow: egu.eu/7K69AP
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The Dead Sea is one of the saltiest lakes on Earth, located at the lowest point of the globe. For centuries it has been known for the restorative powers of its muds and waters. Their hypersalinity means it is possible to easily float on the lake’s surface.

One of the consequences of the rapid fall of the water level (>1 m per year), is that vast areas of salt-rich ground of the shrunken Dead Sea are prone to strong dissolution and mechanical erosion of the subsurface processes.

This leads to the widespread land subsidence and the development of sinkholes, which pose a major geological hazard to infrastructure, local population, agriculture and industry in the Dead Sea area.

Find out more about these #geohazards and what is being done to understand them better over on #EGUBlogs: egu.eu/2RM2JU

#DeadSea #hypersalinity #shrinking #water #waterresources #scarcity #erosion #dissolution
The Dead Sea is one of the saltiest lakes on Earth, located at the lowest point of the globe. For centuries it has been known for the restorative powers of its muds and waters. Their hypersalinity means it is possible to easily float on the lake’s surface. Bordering Israel, the West Bank and Jordan, it is a unique environment in an otherwise arid region. Changing climate, which is seeing temperatures rise in the Middle East, and the increased d...
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Following a record number of participants at last year’s General Assembly and feedback received, the EGU and its conference organiser Copernicus will be introducing a number of changes at the EGU 2017 General Assembly.

Exciting developments include some low-budget catering options. There will also be a Biergarten outside the main entrance. Cheers!

There will be some new exhibition booths around the EGU & Friends area, making your visit to the basement levels livelier. And booming numbers, not only mean we'll be making more space for those presenting, but also for those who want to listen. For the #EGU17, the total seating capacity in the lecture rooms will be increased too.

Find out all the details over on #EGUBlogs: egu.eu/66UZ2O

#conference #Vienna #egu17 #GeneralAssembly
Following a record number of participants at last year’s General Assembly and feedback received, the EGU and its conference organiser Copernicus will be introducing a number of changes at the EGU 2017 General Assembly. In this post, we highlight a few of the changes that returning participants will notice at next year’s conference. More participants means making way for more presentations, posters and PICOs! So, in 2017, when you come to register...
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Do you have a passion for outreach? Then the calls we've announced today will be right up your street!

Have you got a great idea for a science outreach project (geoscience related, of course!) but need some funds to help you get it off the ground? Then the 1000Euros available in out Public Engagement Grants might just be the thing for you. Check our website for all the details: egu.eu/6SYDAK

Did you spend the summer doing fieldwork and you happened to make a film out of it? How about shadowing a scientist in the lab or producing an educational feature on the Earth, planetary or space sciences? If so, we want to hear from you! We'd like to feature your short clips and longer films related to the geosciences in our annual GeoCinema at the General Assembly in Vienna in April 2017. For details on how to submit your film see the #EGUBlogs: egu.eu/58HOJ4

#outreach #scicomm #film #geoscience #funding #EGUnews #EGU17 #GeneralAssembly
Every year, we showcase a great selection of geoscience films at the EGU General Assembly and after seven successful years we will again be running GeoCinema in 2017. If you’ve shadowed a scientist in the lab, filmed fantastic spectacles in the field, or have produced an educational feature on the Earth, planetary or space sciences, we want to hear from you! Geocinema features short clips and longer films related to the geosciences, and from anim...
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On account of Mount Etna (Europe’s largest volcano), the island of Sicily is peppered with geological wonders. Starting with the summit craters of the volcano itself, right through to over 200 caves formed within lava tubes, the island is packed with volcanic sights.

Chief among them is Gole dell ‘Alcantara, a system of gorges formed 8,000 years ago in the course of the river Alcantara in eastern Sicily.

Find out more about the unusual rock formations in this ancient gorge over on 'EGUBlogs: egu.eu/4JH6RQ

#volcanology #Sicily #lava #lavajoints #columnarjointing #geomorphology #erosion EGU Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology, Volcanology Division
On account of Mount Etna (Europe’s largest volcano), the island of Sicily is peppered with geological wonders. Starting with the summit craters of the volcano itself, right through to over 200 caves formed within lava tubes, the island is packed with volcanic sights.Chief among them is Gole dell ‘Alcantara, a system of gorges formed 8,000 years ago in the course of the river Alcantara in eastern Sicily. The network of gorges have a maximum depth ...
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Today's Imaggeo on Mondays post over on #EGUBlogs features a special glacier:

The ice of the glacier tongue of Engabreen, an outlet glacier of Svartisen ice cap, looks pretty blue in the flat light of a late afternoon in August. The ice, which is mostly free of air bubbles, transmits the blue colour more than the rest of the visible spectrum of light. Thus, by having to travel a distance of approx. 3 m through the ice body, the blue light is particularly visible.

Read the full post here: egu.eu/4OSIR7

Talking of imaggeo, we are thrilled to announce the winner of our #EarthSciWeek photo contest (you'll find all the images submitted to the contest on imaggeo).

With 77 likes (at the time of counting) the winning photograph is Golden Strand, Achill Island by Ciaran Nash: egu.eu/3RJ4T1
This picture shows the outlet glacier Engabreen running down from the plateau of Svartisen in Norway. Svartisen ice cap comprises two glacier systems of which the Vestre (western) Svartisen is Norway’s second largest glacier. Located right at the polar circle, Svartisen covers a total of 369 km² of the Nordland region. These coastal mountains accumulate a snowpack of 5-7 m depth through the winter season, which feeds the glaciers. Actually, Svart...
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The European Geosciences Union (EGU, www.egu.eu) is Europe’s premier geosciences union, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the Earth, planetary and space sciences for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. It was established in September 2002 as a merger of the European Geophysical Society (EGS) and the European Union of Geosciences (EUG), and has headquarters in Munich, Germany. 

It is a non-profit international union of scientists with over 12,000 members from all over the world. Membership is open to individuals who are professionally engaged in or associated with geosciences and planetary and space sciences and related studies, including students and retired seniors.

The EGU has a current portfolio of 17 diverse scientific journals, which use an innovative open access format, and organises a number of topical meetings, and education and outreach activities. Its annual General Assembly is the largest and most prominent European geosciences event, attracting over 12,000 scientists from all over the world. The meeting’s sessions cover a wide range of topics, including volcanology, planetary exploration, the Earth’s internal structure and atmosphere, climate, as well as energy and resources.

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