A review of the 2018 EGU Assembly

by Dr Cvetan Sinadinovski (cvetansin@hotmail.com)

The 2018 European Geosciences Union (EGU) Assembly was held again in Vienna between April 8th and 13th this year. Over 15,000 scientists from 106 countries participated in the conference, of which 53% were under the age of 35 years. Some 4,776 oral, 11,128 poster and 1,419 interactive presentations were shown during 666 scientific sessions, 68 short courses and 294 side events. Australia as usual was mainly represented through the research work of the Universities.

The program covered a variety of topics in the scientific, education and media domains. In the disciplinary sessions the main subjects were:

  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biogeosciences
  • Climate: Past, Present, Future
  • Cryospheric Sciences
  • Earth Magnetism & Rock Physics
  • Energy, Resources and the Environment
  • Earth & Space Science Informatics
  • Geodesy
  • Geodynamics
  • Geosciences Instrumentation & Data Systems
  • Geomorphology
  • Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology
  • Hydrological Sciences
  • Natural Hazards
  • Nonlinear Processes in Geosciences
  • Ocean Sciences
  • Planetary & Solar System Sciences
  • Seismology
  • Stratigraphy, Sedimentology & Palaeontology
  • Soil System Sciences
  • Solar-Terrestrial Sciences and
  • Tectonics & Structural Geology

Some of the major topics under Seismology were: Earthquake sources, Engineering seismology and probabilistic seismic hazard, Seismic imaging across scales, Seismic instrumentation and infrastructure, Deformation, faulting, and earthquake processes, Computational and theoretical seismology, Crustal fluids and seismic activity (incl. induced and volcano seismology), Real-time seismology and early warning etc.

The lectures had big audiences, for example the Beno Gutenberg Medal Lecture by Haruo Sato from Japan. Many plenary sessions comprised of Environmental issues which indicate today’s trends and expansion of the more conventional applications in Geosciences. A follow up of last year’s data analysis was presented based on the 2016-17 Central Italy seismic sequence. Those outcomes could be impacting European Seismic Hazard and Risk Assessment of disasters, preparedness planning and building protection programs.

Jointly co-organised sessions between Seismology and Natural Hazards were of my special interest this year. They comprised subjects of:

  • Methods and Tools for Natural Risk Management and Communications,
  • The development of geoscientific modelling,
  • Tsunamis,
  • Resilience and vulnerability assessments in natural hazards and risk analysis,
  • Global and continental scale risk assessment for natural hazards: methods and practice,
  • Single and multi-hazard risk assessment and mitigation in developing countries: Challenges and opportunities for innovation,
  • Ground damage, slope failures and liquefaction in seismically or volcanically active environments,
  • Seismic Hazard and Disaster Risk: Assessment, Testing, and Implementation,
  • Application of remote sensing and Earth-observation data in natural hazard and risk studies,
  • Paleoseismicity, active faulting, surface deformation, and the implications on seismic hazard assessment,
  • Short-term Earthquakes Forecast (StEF) and multi-parametric time-Dependent Assessment of Seismic Hazard (t-DASH),
  • Imaging Geodesy with InSAR for geohazard and infrastructure monitoring,
  • Induced and Triggered Seismic Activity: Observation, Theory and Hazard Analysis,
  • Statistical analysis of spatio-temporal properties of earthquake occurrence and
  • The Interplay between Earthquakes, the Seismic Cycle and Long-term Deformation: Models and Observations.

The knowledge of these Hazard and Risk Assessments is applicable in the projects’ designs in Australia and the neighboring countries such as PNG.

To summarise, the EGU 2018 General Assembly is the largest gathering of professionals and exhibition in Europe that brings together thousands of world-wide geoscientists into a meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth Sciences. A special publication of the articles is prepared for June this year. Further specific details about the conference and planning can be found under the EGU’s official website www.egu.eu.