Each year, researchers of the Department of Geographical Sciences present their groundbreaking work at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting. This research encompasses a wide range of topics such as land cover and land use change, carbon monitoring, fire detection, earth observations, and many others. This year, GEOG will be represented across a diverse set of topics, indicating the department’s active role in the national geophysical community.
Researchers in our department are giving 69 presentations across 45 different sessions demonstrating the wide breadth and relevance of research in our department. These presentations include 22 oral, 36 posters, 9 eLightning talks, and 2 NASA Hyperwall presentations.
Seven of our faculty are also convening 7 unique sets of sessions, totaling 14 oral and poster sessions. These sessions range in topic from spaceborne lidar mapping, multisource remote sensing, carbon monitoring, observations of lands, forests, and fires, and satellite products. One session convened by Dr. David Lagomasino and Dr. George Hurtt, “Carbon Monitoring Systems Research and Applications”, is the largest on the topic to date and doubled in size from the 2017 Fall Meeting to 44 presentations. Another session convened by Dr. Ben DeVries titled “Multisource Remote Sensing of Rivers, Lakes, Reservoirs, and Wetlands” totals an impressive 56 presentations.
The department’s research faculty will be extremely active at the Fall Meeting, leading a total of 42 presentations across 29 different sessions. Dr. Alyssa Whitcraft is convening 2 separate sessions: “Earth Observations for Food Security and Agriculture: Synthesizing Public and Private Sector Knowledge” and “Use of Earth Observations in Mitigating Major Environmental Challenges in the Americas”, as well as presenting her research in an oral session. Dr. Inbal Becker-Reshef is leading a NASA Hyperwall presentation and 2 oral presentations including 1 invited talk entitled “National and Regional Agricultural Monitoring in East Africa in support of Food Security Decisions.”
Twenty-one graduate students are presenting across 17 sessions, and two are making particularly noteworthy presentations. Ph.D. student Alison Thieme won the 2018 Grand Prize in the Data Visualization & Storytelling Contest and will be presenting her work on conservation in the Amazon entitled “Earth Observations and Conservation: Protecting the Amazon with Imagery”on NASA’s Hyperwall. Ph.D. student Donal O’Leary won the Outstanding Student Paper Award at the 2017 Fall Meeting and as a result will be presenting his research on snow and fire entitled “Early snowmelt timing leads to divergent wildfire responses in vegetated ecosystems of western USA” as an eLightning talk.
The AGU 2018 Fall Meeting is being held from Monday, December 10th, 2018 to Friday, December 14th, 2018 at the Walter E Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. For a complete listing of GEOG participation at the Fall Meeting, please visit our summary spreadsheet of presentations. For more information about the meeting, please visit the or the .