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AGU Research Spotlight (Sep 14-Sep 20, 2018)

2018-09-20 10:01:40

Climate change:

1. Ocean Research and Education Are Foundations for Economic Growth

AGU releases revised position statement that was first adopted in 2005.


2. Millions More Americans Face Flood Risks Than Previously Thought

A different modeling approach fills large gaps in the U.S. government's flood risk estimates, revealing previously overlooked at-risk areas often surrounding small flood-prone streams.


3. How Did Life Learn to Breathe?

Scientists unravel the conditions under which life evolved to breathe oxygen—and the findings have some stellar implications.


4. New Achievements in Coastal Altimetry

Satellite radars provide "eyes in the sky" for tracking coastal subsidence, sea level rise, and great undulating waves that travel across the world's oceans, using the travel time of reflected radar signals to measure the height of land and water surfaces. Such altimetry has been supporting oceanographic studies since the end of 1970s. Since then, continuous improvement in data processing and the recent progress in technology have made it possible to study coastal zones using data products with a spatial resolution as fine as 300 meters.


5. Republican Congressman Urges Colleagues to Act on Climate Change

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick says that Republican members of Congress need to "acknowledge reality" and do more to raise awareness about climate change.


Hazards & Disasters:

1. Lessons from Mexico's Earthquake Early Warning System

The devastating 2017 Puebla quake provides an opportunity to assess how citizens perceive and use the Mexico City earthquake early warning system.


Science Policy:

1. Congress Spars over Environmental Permitting

Democrats say that there is bipartisan support to reduce red tape but that environmental regulations shouldn’t be weakened to speed up the permitting process.


Space & Planets:

1. Global Ice Monitoring Satellite to Launch as Early as This Week

The soon-to-launch satellite will measure the height and thickness of sea ice, glaciers, ice sheets, and permafrost around the world to an unprecedentedly high precision.


Geology & Geophysics:

1. Getting Your Paper Published Part 1: Don’t Annoy the Reviewers

Recommendations from an AGU journal editor on how to prepare a manuscript in a way that makes it easy for reviewers to read and assess.


2. A New Spin on Grain Segregation in Fault Zones

Fine-grained layers in sheared fault gouge may be formed by shear-driven size-segregation in granular materials, rather than by shear localization.


3. Hack Weeks Gaining Ground in the Earth and Space Sciences

Workshops that fuse traditional learning with Silicon Valley–inspired “hack sessions” are giving scientists a new venue to build community and sharpen their skills.



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