This year, in a rare turn of events, the AGU Fall Meeting took place far away from the West coast of the USA. The Golden Gate Bridge and steep streets of San Francisco were replaced with alligator-filled swamps and Creole cottages.
The 2017 conference was held from 11-15 December in New Orleans, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – a one kilometre long building stretched along the Mississippi river. More than 24,000 people attended, including 30 graduate students, postdocs and researchers from the Department of Earth Sciences. For one week, New Orleans was famed for jazz, Cajun cuisine… and geology! Among the many attractions of Louisiana, the conference-goers enjoyed endless nights of music in the French Quarter, wildlife-spotting in the Bayou and feasting on traditional local “Po’ boy” sandwiches.
But, don’t forget, AGU is also about science! Cambridge researchers made a big splash with their posters and talks, covering a large range of geological topics from isotopic signatures of active river systems to the physical behaviour of magma deep in the mantle.
Here’s a glimpse of the Cambridge Earth Scientists at work:
For a list of presentation abstracts, see the AGU website: https://meetings.agu.org/abstract_db/
Gautier Nicoli Postdoctoral Research Associate