School of Earth and Environment

Our Scientists at AGU Fall Meeting

12.12.2016 - 12:22

The School of Earth and Environment will be strongly represented at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco this week (12th – 16th December). The Institute of Geophysics (IGT), Institute for Climate and Atmospherics Science (ICAS), Earth Surface Science Institute (ESSI) and the Institute for Applied Geosciences (IAG) will all have members delivering presentations, running scientific sessions and showing posters of their research findings.

There will be 19 members of IGT presenting their science during the meeting. Andy Hooper, Jess Hawthorne, Sebastian Rost and Thomas Mueller Have all been invited to talk and PhD student Amicia Lee will also be speaking about her current work.  Andrew Walker, Andy Nowacki and Thomas Mueller will be convening sessions and Jess Hawthorne and Matt Pankhurst have been invited to present posters.

Aisling Dolan, Alan Haywood, Ben Mills and PhD student Caroline Prescott will be representing ESSI. Dr Mills and Caroline Prescott are both giving talks, whilst Dr Dolan will be convening two sessions and Prof Haywood will be presenting three posters during the meeting.

Highlights from ICAS members include their Director, Professor Ken Carslaw, convening three sessions, Piers Forster has been invited to present a poster and Martin Chipperfield and Dominick Spracklen are also involved in running sessions.

Dr Rob Dorrell will be representing IAG; he will be convening four sessions and presenting a poster on his recent work.

During the meeting IGT member Professor Andy Hooper will be awarded the James B. Macelwane Medal in recognition of his contributions to the geophysical sciences.  Professor Hooper will be presented with the award during the Honors Ceremony being held on Wednesday 14th December.

This medal is given to outstanding early career scientists who have shown depth, breadth, impact, creativity and novelty in their research.

Professor Hooper pioneered the development of new software (StaMPS) to extract ground displacements from time series of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) acquisitions.  StaMPS is now used widely across the Earth Observation community.

He also discovered a new link between ice cap retreat and volcanism via geodetic monitoring from space and subsequent modelling of the 2010 Icelandic volcanic eruptions, and played a significant role in the €6m FUTUREVOLC project, leading the long-term deformation effort to integrate space and ground based observations for improved monitoring and evaluation of volcanic hazards. 

Most recently, working with colleagues from Iceland, he has shed new light on how volcanoes collapse during major eruptions, focusing on the 2014-15 eruption at Bárdarbunga. 

You can download a full list of all the talks, posters  and sessions being presented by our researchers and you can keep up to date with all our members showcasing their research in San Francisco by following us on Twitter (@IGTLeeds, @ICASLeeds, @ ESSILeeds & @IAGLeeds)