Town Hall meetings offer an opportunity for government agencies, academic programs, special projects, and other focused interest groups to gather input from the broad AGU Community. They are open to all meeting participants.

6 December        8 December        9 December

Monday, 5 December, 1815h-1915h

Deep Carbon Observatory Town Hall Meeting

Cosponsored by DI
The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) is a multidisciplinary, international initiative to achieve transformational understanding of carbon’s role in Earth’s interior. The DCO is promoting innovative research strategies and collaborations as well as a network of analytical facilities. Insights from chemistry, physics, biology, and the Earth sciences will merge to elevate our understanding of carbon’s role in the complex interdependencies of nonliving and living processes, from Earth’s surface to great depth and from nano to global scales, including the full range of Earth’s 4.56-billion-year history. Join us to discuss the DCO, including updates, getting involved, and future opportunities.
Location: Moscone West, Room 2009

Directions in Climate Change Education and Communication

Cosponsored by ED
The compelling nature of anthropogenic climate change is well documented in science literature. But the public and educators clearly lack understanding and appropriate knowledge of climate change due to legitimate confusion and deliberate obfuscation and distortion of science knowledge by interest groups and corporate entities. This town hall meeting will feature a short panel discussion of climate science communication and education, and a series of small group discussions that will conclude with short format verbal and written reports on future directions. Panelists include Michael Mann, Richard Somerville, Susan Hassol, Tom Pedersen, and James Hoggan.
Location:Moscone West, Room 2005

DOE’s Climate and Earth System Modeling Town Hall: Climate Model Intercomparison and Visualization Efforts for Next Generation Needs

The Climate and Earth System Modeling program within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research supports improved predictions and projections of climate in Earth system models. It has supported climate model development and diagnostics, climate data dissemination, and visualization, including the standardization of climate model output and metrics for intercomparison of all the leading climate models. As plans are being made for the next generation Earth system grid, this town hall meeting seeks to engage the user community by soliciting feedback for data access and diagnostics methodologies needed for the sixth assessment of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change efforts.
Location: Moscone West, Room 2002

European Research Council: Funding Opportunities

Cosponsored by EP
The European Research Council (ERC) is a leading European funding body supporting excellent investigator-driven frontier research across all fields of science. ERC calls are open to researchers around the world. The council offers various different outstanding funding opportunities with grants budgets of €1.5 to €3.5 million for individual scientists and up to €15 million for projects with two to four collaborating scientists. All nationalities of applicants are welcome for projects carried out at a host institution in Europe (European Union member state and associated countries). At this town hall meeting, the main features of ERC funding will be presented.
Location: Moscone West, Room 2006

Framework for K–12 Science Education from the National Academy of Sciences

Cosponsored by ED
This session will provide information, answer questions, and stimulate discussion about the vision and content for K–12 science education as framed by a study committee of the National Academy of Sciences. The framework and the subsequent Next Generation Science Standards will affect the teaching and learning of all students in science and engineering. Our target audience includes science educators in formal and out-of-school settings, professionals who prepare educators, and scientists. Invited speakers include Helen Quinn, committee chair; Jonathan Osborne, committee member; and Heidi Schweingruber and Tom Keller, codirectors of the Framework for K–12 Science Education.
Location: Moscone West, Room 2007

National Data Infrastructure for Earth System Science

Cosponsored by IN
Efforts to construct cyber-infrastructure spanning the geosciences have been underway for several years in the U.S. and elsewhere around the globe. These efforts are intended to transform the way research is conducted by supporting innovative approaches seeking to integrate data and subsequently knowledge management across the disciplines. This town hall session seeks to explore current activities in this arena in the U.S., such as NSF’s Earth-Cube initiative, and around the globe, such as the WISE effort in Europe. It will highlight the approaches deployed to rally geoscience communities behind this effort and determine their needs, preferences, and priorities.
Location: Moscone West, Room 2008

NSF’s Division of Antarctic Sciences: Funding Opportunities and Planning Activities

Cosponsored by AS, B, C, EP, ED, G, GP, GC, H, NH, NS, NG, OS, PP, PA, S, SA, V
New funding opportunities and activities are under way in the Antarctic sciences. At this session, ongoing Antarctic research opportunities and cross-directorate activities under NSF’s Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) portfolio (topics inclusive of Earth system modeling, ocean acidification, biodiversity, and related education partnerships) will be discussed. Also, updates will be provided on the National Research Council Study, ‘Review of the U.S. Antarctic program: Future science opportunities in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean’ (anticipated to be completed by October, 2011) that will inform a Blue Ribbon Panel review of U.S. Antarctic Program infrastructure, as well as the UNOLS Polar Research Vessel Committee Science Mission Requirements Refresh Project. Division program officers will be available for discussions and we hope to introduce new program officers to the community.
Location:Moscone West, Room 2004

Science and Policy Needs for Emissions Information

Cosponsored by AS, B, IN, GC
Air quality and climate science and policy require accurate and complete information about emissions from local to global scales. We invite AGU Fall Meeting 2011 participants to an interactive town hall discussion on emissions information needs in science and policy. The town hall meeting will summarize community efforts that seek to aggregate emissions inventories, disseminate information about emissions, and facilitate evaluations of emissions data, including the Global Emissions Inventory Activity (GEIA) and the Community Initiative for Emissions Research and Applications (CIERA). Specific applications of these activities also will be presented.
Location: Moscone West, Room 2011

Southwestern U.S. Regional Climate-Change Assessment, 2011

Cosponsored by GC
The Southwest Climate Alliance (SWCA) has gathered a large group of scientists and social scientists that is currently drafting a southwest region climate-impacts assessment report in support of the ongoing U.S. National Climate Assessment. We have many dozens of authors and contributors on board, and expect to have first drafts of this 22 chapter assessment in expert review by November 2011. At this town hall meeting, the Alliance will briefly present major (draft) findings of the assessment and thereafter solicit scientific comments from the AGU community on the key issues, risks, and solutions associated with current projections of climate change for the southwestern U.S.
Location: Moscone West, Room 2003