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AGU Research Spotlight (Oct 26-Nov 01, 2018)

2018-11-01 15:25:02

Climate Change:

1. Peruvian Mountain Birds Take an "Escalator to Extinction"

As the climate warms, tropical birds living in the mountains are retreating to higher elevations to avoid the heat. What happens when they run out of mountain slope to escape to?

https://eos.org/articles/peruvian-mountain-birds-take-an-escalator-to-extinction

2. Countries Urge Increased International Research in the Arctic

A joint statement from countries with interests in the Arctic emphasizes the need for scientific collaboration in this rapidly changing region but sidesteps attributing climate change to human activities.

https://eos.org/articles/countries-urge-increased-international-research-in-the-arctic

Space & Planets:

1. Girl Scouts Can Now Earn Space Science Merit Badges

Young Girl Scouts can be explorers, adventurers, and investigators as they work toward merit badges that teach them about the Sun, the solar system, and the stars.

https://eos.org/articles/girl-scouts-can-now-earn-space-science-merit-badges

2. Brine Pools Emerge as a New Place to Search for Life on Mars

Some pools of salty water on the Red Planet could contain enough dissolved oxygen for microorganisms and sponges to survive, new calculations suggest.

https://eos.org/articles/brine-pools-emerge-as-a-new-place-to-search-for-life-on-mars

Education:

1. Digging Deep into Geosciences with Minecraft

Building volcanoes, caves, and other features in an "open-world" computer game is an engaging way to teach the next generation about Earth.

https://eos.org/project-updates/digging-deep-into-geosciences-with-minecraft

Atmospheric Sciences:

1. Polarization Measurements Probe the Physics of Lightning

A new measurement capability can detect the polarization of the radio frequency wave of lightning sources, which reveals different forms of lightning breakdown processes.

https://eos.org/editor-highlights/polarization-measurements-probe-the-physics-of-lightning

2. Diurnal Variation of Rainfall over the Equator Revisited

Radar data show an afternoon precipitation maximum in the equatorial Indian Ocean in addition to the nocturnal maximum; this occurs under light surface winds and suppressed large-scale convection.

https://eos.org/editor-highlights/diurnal-variation-of-rainfall-over-the-equator-revisited

Biogeosciences:

1. Taking the Pulse of Soil

Heat pulse methods for measuring thermal, hydrologic, and other properties of soils have advanced our understanding of soil characteristics.

https://eos.org/editors-vox/taking-the-pulse-of-soil

Geology & Geophysics:

1. Announcing the Austin Student Travel Grant Challenge

A new million-dollar matching grant challenge will invest in future generations of scientists as a way to start the next transformational era of Earth and space science.

https://eos.org/agu-news/announcing-the-austin-student-travel-grant-challenge

2. Free Flight Time for Projects in Atmospheric Sciences

Got an urgent or innovative project that involves collecting airborne data? A research flight company is donating an estimated $100,000 of its resources to help you.

https://eos.org/articles/free-flight-time-for-projects-in-atmospheric-sciences

3. Bruning Receives 2018 Atmospheric and Space Electricity Early Career Award

Eric C. Bruning will receive the 2018 Atmospheric and Space Electricity Early Career Award at AGU's Fall Meeting 2018, to be held 10–14 December in Washington, D. C. The award recognizes "outstanding early career contributions to atmospheric and space electricity."

https://eos.org/agu-news/bruning-receives-2018-atmospheric-and-space-electricity-early-career-award

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