About 80 EESA scientists are representing Berkeley Lab at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union this week in New Orleans. AGU’s annual fall meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world, with more than 24,000 attendees. For the first time in several years, the meeting is being held away from San Francisco, a convention spot that because of its proximity to Berkeley guaranteed EESA a strong presence at the convention.
Despite the need for travel to the Big Easy, Berkeley Lab scientists were no less of a force this week at AGU. Our scientists were involved in more than 200 presentations – half of which they led. Jonathan Ajo-Franklin was among those participating in a poster session Wednesday, during which he described his team’s study of using dark fiber – the vast network of unused fiber-optic cables installed throughout the country and the world – as sensors for detecting earthquakes, the presence of groundwater, changes in permafrost conditions, and a variety of other subsurface activity. During a Tuesday session, the legacy of Paul Witherspoon, the first director of Berkeley Lab’s Earth Sciences Division, was honored as Thorston Wagener delivered the Paul Witherspoon Lecture on Tuesday.
The highpoint of #AGU2017, however, occurred Wednesday, when Susan Hubbard (shown above left), Berkeley Lab associate director for the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, and Margaret Torn (shown above right,) senior advisor in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division, were honored as AGU Fellows. We congratulate them on this prestigious designation!