Add SWIRLS to your Fall Meeting agenda and expand your scientific horizons by making new connections and discussing new developments in related fields of Earth and space science. SWIRLS help find interdisciplinary solutions through the sharing of research, discoveries, and approaches across disciplines. See the interconnected nature of the Earth and space sciences—plan to attend SWIRLS at this year’s Meeting!

_ROUSSEAU_Denis-Didier__The past decade has experienced new developments in every field of Earth science and space study through concepts, approaches and technologies. In some cases the focus is becoming so narrow that getting a new insight from another discipline with its own concepts, approaches and techniques, provides a real added value…The SWIRL sessions are providing a ‘plus’ to the attendees, introducing them to a series of sessions that could lead to new ideas, proposals, or new way of considering one’s own prospects.”

-Denis-Didier Rousseau, AGU Fall Meeting Program Committee Chair

View this year’s SWIRL themes below and click the headers to be linked to the scientific program, where you can add sessions to your schedule. SWIRLS are offered throughout the meeting, making it easy to fit these thought-provoking, interdisciplinary topics into your day!

Data Acquisition and StewardshipData are the lifeblood of science. From the individual measurements accumulated over a researcher’s lifetime to the vast quantities of data acquired and made available by large programs, missions, and agencies; and data underpin research. This SWIRL deals with data in all stages, from acquisition through publication and re-use over the ages.

Disruptive Technologies in Science – The geosciences community continues to adopt new sensors deployed on an increasing variety of platforms for observing dynamic processes on our Earth, our space environment, and other planets. Technological advances in high-performance devices on new platforms, arrays of sensors on the ground and in space, evolving visualization technologies, and new computational techniques improve spatiotemporal coverage and resolution, increase understanding of real-time events, and streamline the assimilation of data into models. This SWIRL highlights innovative use of new and emerging technologies (UAVs, aircraft, ships, satellites, sensors, visualization, data-mining, crowdsourcing, etc.) for observation, data acquisition, data processing and assimilation, and decision making that promise to change the way we conduct science.

Extreme Events and Natural Hazards Extreme events and natural hazards come in many forms, and have varying degrees of impact on society.  This SWIRL theme bridges across numerous AGU focus areas by exposing you to a variety of geophysical perils, including: tropical cyclones, droughts, wildfires, floods, temperature extremes, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, volcanoes, asteroids, solar storms, and others. This SWIRL will highlight the scientific advancements from cause to effect and beyond such as the underlying physics; lessons learned from recent events; observation and monitoring; simulation and forecasting; and disaster risk assessment, reduction, and recovery.

Global Planetary Processes The Earth and other planets feature several global-scale processes that interact, and, together, influence the evolution and habitability of the planet. This SWIRL takes a holistic view of planets by focusing on global processes including the thermal and chemical evolution of planetary interiors, atmospheric processes, including global climate and long-term climate change, as well as space weather effects and the interactions between the Sun and the planet.

Science, Society, SustainabilityAdvances in geosciences can help society to make better decisions about the management of natural resources, like freshwater and fossil fuels, and to better prepare for challenges that arise due to Earth processes, like climate extremes and geo-hazards.   These sessions present advances in the critical research area of providing the information and tools that aid societal decision making in response to these challenges.

Soils Soils are both responders and drivers of critical environmental changes facing the Earth. This SWIRL accounts for all aspects of the complexity of the soil system including erosion; dust production; soils in water, transport, and chemistry; isotopic analyses; pedogenic processes affected by volcanism; physical, chemical, and biological composition; fertility; greenhouse gas production; and weathering.  The soils SWIRL will provide bridges of interdisciplinary and communication across the AGU membership to characterize and quantify soil processes from microbial to tectonic scales.