100 Years of AGU
2019 marks AGU's Centennial year, a milestone representing the innovation, discovery, connections, and solutions in Earth and space science over the past century and the progress to come. Through each Centennial month, AGU will celebrate a different broad science and this page will serve as a hub to centralize the past, present, and future innovations of that featured science, as well as showing the stories of the humans behind the science. As 2019 begins, we celebrate the history of AGU and its growth from its first meeting to the evolution of its sections and membership. Later this month, the focus will be on Atmospheric Science and Climate Science.
Stories of our science
Lloyd Viel Berkner’s legacy as an atmospheric scientist and an AGU leader lives on through the Fall Meeting Berkner Travel Fellowship. This program funds Earth and space scientists in 88 countries to provide support for early career scientists and students to present research at AGU-sponsored or co-sponsored meetings. Read more about former AGU President Berkner's contributions and lasting impact in this Tribute from the National Academies Press.
cONNECTIONS & OUR FUTURE
Meet Dereka Carroll-Smith, a NOAA Hollings Scholarship Alumna and current NSF Graduate Research Fellow and PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Celebrate 100 Grants: Featured Project
"Global to local perspectives on Himalayan glaciers," an engagement project led by Cameron Scott Watson of the University of Arizona, USA focused grant activities on community outreach in Nepal's Sagarmatha National Park (SNP) about the dynamics and future of Himalayan glaciers and how this affects the local population. Apply today for support through Celebrate 100 Grant opportunities to promote the value of Earth and space science.
AGU History series
science & policy Feature: Climate
Through the past century, human understanding of atmospheric and climate science has greatly evolved, and the intersection of science and policy has become an important marker in advancing knowledge and yielding response. The media featured below describe some history and issues surrounding this area of science and provide ideas and paths for solutions.
Watch: Jennifer Wilcox-Age of Amazement
Watch: Katharine Hayhoe-Showing Up
Earth & space science Milestone: new year's day 2019 nasa new horizons ultima thule flyby
AGU is celebrating its Centennial in many ways, including showcasing milestones and interesting facts about science through social media shareables. The shareable below features the Ultima Thule flyby from the NASA New Horizons mission. View the entire collection of 100 Facts & Figures shareables, submit your own and join the conversation at #AGU100.
Featured Publications in Atmospheric Science
- Bounding the Role of Black Carbon in the Climate System: A Scientific Assessment
- On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air Upon the Temperature of the Ground, Svante Arrhenius
- Mario J Molina & F. S. Rowland 1974, Stratospheric Sink for Chlorofluorocarbons: Chlorine Atom-Catalysed Destruction of Ozone
- The Primacy of Doubt: Evolution of Numerical Weather Prediction from Determinism to Probability
- Improving Climate Projections by Understanding How Cloud Phase Affects Radiation
- Geological Storage of Captured Carbon Dioxide as a Large‐scale Carbon Mitigation Option
- Cartograms Facilitate Communication of Climate Change Risks and Responsibilities
- Changing Weather Extremes Call for Early Warning of Potential for Catastrophic Fire
INNOVATION & DISCOVERY
Noted in several sessions at Fall Meeting 2018, a major discovery from the past century in atmospheric sciences included an optical atmospheric phenomenon originally thought to be a new type of aurora. Read more about STEVE, a sub-auroral atmospheric phenomenon originally published in this 2018 EOS article!
ATMOSPHERES BEYOND EARTH
The search for life on exoplanets and terrestrial planets in the solar system, (heavily targeted to Mars) involves atmospheric characterization in planets beyond Earth. Two recent EOS articles report on the technology's limitations in evaluating conditions for life with the James Webb Telescope, as well as looking at new information about the impact of solar flares on oxygen concentration on Mars.