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.

5 December      6 December       9 December 

Thursday, 8 December, 1230h-1330h

Building a New Youth- and Scientist-Leadership for the Environmental Movement

Cosponsored by ED, GC, PA
We propose an open town hall meeting targeted at young scientists, graduate and undergraduate students, and high school and middle school youth regarding the necessity of a new, international youth leadership for the environmental movement. If our political institutions cannot act on behalf of humanity in the face of the devastating impact the climate crisis is already having in the developing world, then we must create an alternative leadership. We will focus on the intersection of the civil rights, immigrant rights, and environmental movements; discuss how to develop a new generation of scientist-activists; and build networks, organizations, and coalitions for progress.
Location: Moscone West, Room 2004

Community Earth-surface Science: Articulating a Vision for the Future

Cosponsored by B, EP, H
The National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED), an NSF Science and Technology Center (STC), has helped galvanize the surface processes community through interdisciplinary research, experimental facilities sharing, education and outreach, and workshops and summer schools. With NCED nearing the end of its STC funding cycle, the time is ripe for the research community to articulate a vision for future collaborative science. What aspects of NCED are most vital to the broader community and should be sustained? How can we expand community participation? We encourage all Earth-surface scientists to attend. Our vision will be communicated to NSF through participating program officers.
Location: Moscone West, Room 2005

DOE’s Terrestrial Ecosystem Sciences Town Hall: A Next Generation of Ecosystem Experiments

Cosponsored by GC
The Terrestrial Ecosystem Science (TES) program within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research supports basic science to improve representation of critical terrestrial ecosystem processes in Earth system models. This town hall meeting will present TES’s vision and funding strategy while highlighting the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment (NGEE) project, a major 10-year effort in the Arctic. NGEE seeks to understand, characterize, and model the response of permafrost-dominated ecosystems to climate change. Permafrost represents a major carbon sink, a potentially strong tipping point. This meeting will engage the AGU community and foster synergistic leveraging opportunities within NGEE and solicit community feedback.
Location: Moscone West, Room 2002

Education, Outreach and Policy: Opportunities for Sections and Focus Groups

Cosponsored by ED
The AGU strategic plan emphasizes the importance of both science in society and geoscience education. Exciting programs currently exist for these areas in several sections. The goal of this town hall meeting is to learn more about these existing education and public outreach efforts and to support the formation of similar efforts in other sections and focus groups. All members interested in catalyzing work on education, outreach, and policy within a specific section, focus group, or other informal groups of AGU members are encouraged to attend.
Location: Moscone West, Room 2008

Scientific Drilling in the Polar Regions

Cosponsored by AS, C, GC, PP
Ice sheets and ocean sediments hold important evidence on past cryosphere-ocean-atmosphere systems key to understanding current climate change. The need for national and international collaboration on both the science and logistics for scientific drilling in these remote regions requires strategic coordination between science, technology, and logistics, along with proposal pressure from the research community. This town hall meeting will report on recent planning by the IDPO/IDDO, IPICS, ANDRILL, IODP, SCAR-ACE, SHALDRIL, and WAIS initiatives, and it will discuss current opportunities for community involvement in long-term interdisciplinary planning.
Location: Moscone West, Room 2006

What’s New in the Geosciences at NSF

Cosponsored by AS, B, EP, ED, OS, PA
Leadership of the Directorate for Geosciences at NSF will talk about research thrusts and opportunities in geosciences and the earth-oceans-atmosphere-geospace interfaces. Specific topics will include updates on the fiscal year 2012 budget, new programmatic areas such as Earth Cube and Science and Engineering and Education for Sustainability, as well as follow up to GEOVision, and the development of supporting strategic plans on Data and Informatics, Education and Diversity, International Activities, and Facilities. Following short presentations, NSF would like to hear from the research community about their vision and concerns about the geosciences.
Location: Moscone West, Room 2003