Every year scientists from all over the world gather in Vienna to meet at the European Geosciences Union's (EGU) General Assembly. In 2017 this conference will be held from 23-28th April, and several CEED members are involved in convening various exciting sessions throughout the week, listed below.
Further EGU17 events and session details visit: www.egu2017.eu
Many solar system researchers met at the IAU Commission F1 Meteoroids 2016 at ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands and Cometary Science After Rosetta Meeting 2016 at the Royal Society, London, England, both held in Jun 2016. CEED postdoc Aswin Sekhar was one of the participants for both conferences and presented the latest results representing the CEED Earth & Beyond Team. The primary aims of both these meetings were to enhance the studies of solar system small bodies and bring together researchers from different fields of astrophysics and geophysics communities to extend further collaborations.
Geoscientists with a wide range of expertise, and from across Europe recently met in Heraklion, Crete (2 - 4 Mar. 2016). CEED research associate Dr Adriano Mazzini was among them. The scientists discussed future collaborations to understand how fluids circulating in large fractures within the Earth's crust controls how faults move - through slow creeping processes or by sudden rupturing and earthquakes. The meeting was organized in the framework of 'FLOWS', a European research network funded through the Cooperation of Science and Technology (COST) program.
In August 2015, a group of researchers from the CEED Earth Crisis group went to Kamchatka to collect samples from the recent eruption of the volcano Tolbachik. An interesting finding was the presence of salt deposits, which can provide key information on the composition and chemistry of salts and metals in the volatile phase.
This year 15 students participated in the Masters-level course “A Changing Arctic” which blends social, legal, geopolitical and natural science topics. The students brought a diverse range of backgrounds including law, industry, chemistry, politics, oceanography, geophysics and societal studies, and came from several European nations as well as Russia, Mexico and China. In addition to lectures by UiO staff, several guest lecturers were invited from industry and research institutions around Norway, plus Alaska and Copenhagen.
My interest in the deep, cold far North might seem an interesting arena of study for an Aussie but such is the international domain of geosciences – research takes you places, and not just for interesting conferences!
Viewing the daily frames obtained by the NASA MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, Geochemistry, and Ranging) mission, we can enjoy an amazing flight over the surface of the planet Mercury. We know that surprises are hidden among the images
The Rosetta mission was approved in 1993, and was successfully launched in 2004 to fly to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Finally, we have reached the target.
Starting my masters in geophysics, and then choosing a thesis focusing on numerical models of mantle convection at CEED, I did not think I would get to travel. I was then excited when my supervisor suggested that I should go to the GeoMod2014 conference held in Potsdam in the start of September. Being both excited and a bit nervous at the same time, the owner was probably not that ready.
Have you heard of the mantle rocks hanging out on the Norwegian mountains? It seems not many people have, which is strange because they’ve been there for at least the last Eon or so. This is the tale of my field work looking at these rocks over the last summer. These mantle rocks have hidden themselves well amongst a thin unit of mixed metamorphosed oceanic sediments called a Melange. The melange unit is trapped structurally below the Middle Allochthon crystalline nappes. It is thin but stretches all the way from the Bergen arcs and about 400km north-eastwards to Røros (and beyond?).