Our understanding of Earth and Space science is forever changing. However, our Earth and space scientists have patterns of behavior that we can predict and this week, more than 25,000 of them from around the world paused to gather data, write conclusions, and submit an abstract to AGU for the Fall Meeting in Washington, DC, December 10-14, 2018. By doing this, by standing for science, they created the largest set of abstracts ever submitted to AGU, almost 26,000.
Colleagues from China, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany represented the highest national participation outside of the United States. Equally exciting are the nations that are represented for their first time (or after a long absence) like Guatemala, Uzbekistan, Niger and Reunion. Significant numbers of new abstracts came in from our colleagues in South Africa, South Korea, Nepal, Brazil, and the Netherlands
Scientists around the United States were working hard too, especially those in California, Colorado, New York, and Massachusetts. We also saw very high submissions from our “local” states including Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.
What will you and your colleagues be talking about at the Fall Meeting? There was terrific interest in sessions in the new Geohealth Section. Additionally, Hydrology, Atmospheric Sciences, Biogeosciences, Global Environmental Change, and Tectonophysics received the largest numbers of abstracts. Public affairs and Education had strong interest as well and all Sections saw increased submissions across the board. Late-breaker session proposals remain open and this includes a collaborative session about Kilauea and other active volcanic events that will be organized into a series of sessions for December.
The submission process did experience challenges in the last hours when exceptionally high traffic overloaded the database memory of our AGU database servers and brought down AGU sites. This occurred within hours of the 1 August deadline thus we extended the deadline 12 hours to noon ET. We worked through the night and into the following day to ensure that everyone experiencing delays was able to submit their abstract correctly. While the main AGU sites were down, the abstract submission site remained up throughout. We are taking all the necessary steps to prevent this (new) problem from occurring again and we sincerely apologize for the stress and inconvenience that was created.
So now, you can relax! You made the deadline and the Fall Meeting Program Committee and session conveners are getting to work. Abstract notifications and the schedule, including the Union and Centennial sessions, will be posted in early October. We’re also working on all of the other exciting activities that you’ll be a part of when you arrive like AGU’s Night at the Museums, workshops, plenary and public lectures, field trips, and receptions.
Thank you for your hard work and for wanting to be a part of the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting. We’re looking forward to welcoming you and standing for science together in Washington, DC.