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American Geophysical Union

When Dec 15, 2008 10:55 AM to
Dec 19, 2008 10:55 AM
Where San Francisco
Contact Name
Contact Phone +1 202 462 6900
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Live Webcasts

The Frontiers of Geophysics Lecture plus one session daily will be web cast live from the Moscone Center. Live links to webcasting will be available the week of the meeting.

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Monday, 15 December

U11C MESSENGER at Mercury: The Second Flyby I (Live event only)

U15A Frontiers of Geophysics Lecture: The Spread of Scientific Knowledge From the Royal Society to Google Earth and Beyond

Tuesday, 16 December

U22B The Great 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake: A Multidisciplinary View II

Wednesday, 17 December

U31B Episodic Tremor and Slip I: Field Studies; A Growing Cottage Industry

Thursday, 18 December

U42B Interaction of Earth Reservoirs

Friday, 19 December

H52B Arsenic and Other Metals as Contaminants in Hydrologic Systems II


Be Prepared for Fall Meeting

The AGU Meetings Committee is implementing processes to make AGU meetings greener.  Meeting attendees will receive general information including a list of sessions by discipline, cosponsors, day, time, and location. There will also be an author index, maps, and other general meeting information. The detailed session information is available on the Fall Meeting Web site, so this will not be provided in print format.

Be prepared by using the personal itinerary tool to create your schedule and plan the sessions you wish to attend.

View and/or download the detailed session schedules.  You can drill down to individual talks and view the abstracts.

A limited number of CDs will be available to meeting registrants on a first request basis.  There will also be some computer terminals available to look up meeting information while at the meeting.

Frontiers of Geophysics Lecture

Monday, 15 December 1830h
Moscone West, Room 3008
The Spread of Scientific Knowledge from the Royal Society to Google Earth and Beyond
Presented by: Michael Jones, Chief Technology Advocate, Google

In his Frontiers of Geophysics lecture Google's Michael Jones will examine the relationship between mechanisms of knowledge sharing on the pace of scientific advancement and on the degree of public understanding of new results. From this he will extrapolate the implications of today's subtle but sweeping changes in the dialogue of science to highlight opportunities and risks in both areas.

Public Lecture

Thursday, 18 December, 1900h
San Francisco Exploratorium
Phoenix in Winter Wonderland
Presented by: Peter Smith, University of Arizona

Phoenix recently completed a five-month-long investigation of the Martian arctic and found water ice just beneath the dry surface soil. Comparing Antarctic dry valleys with the Martian polar plains leads to the conclusion that liquid water helped create the minerals in the soil. Snow has been observed falling from overlying clouds and frost is seen on the surface. Water is clearly part of the climate cycle and leads to the question: Is this a location where life is possible on Mars?


Visa applicants from many countries must now apply at least 3 months in advance of their travel date. See Visa Information for details.

Programs for Students

Travel grants to the 2008 AGU Fall Meeting are available for eligible AGU student members. More details here.

2000 Florida Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20009 USA

Telephone: +1 202 462 6900
N. America: (800) 966-2481
E-mail: [email protected]

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