AGU Fall Meeting 2018

10.12 - 14.12.2018  
Washington, DC, USA

The AGU 2018 Fall Meeting will be held in Washington, DC, USA, from 10-14 December 2018.


The AGU 2018 Fall Meeting will mark another dynamic year of discovery in Earth and space science, serve as the advent of AGU’s Centennial year, and provide a special opportunity to share science with world leaders in Washington, DC. As the largest Earth and space science gathering in the world, the Fall Meeting places you in the center of a global community of scientists drawn from myriad fields of study whose work protects the health and welfare of people worldwide, spurs innovation, and informs decisions that are critical to the sustainability of the Earth.

Important dates

Session Proposal Deadline: Wednesday 18 April 2018, 11:59 PM EDT
Workshop Proposals Open: 1 April 2018. All proposals must be submitted via the online submission website.
Abstract Submission Period: 13 June 2018 – 1 August 2018
Abstract and Sessions’ Scheduled Days/Times Notifications Sent: 1 October 2018.

Session proposals

Submit a proposal by 18 April here:


The deadline for all submissions is Wednesday 1 August 2018 at 23:59 EDT:

Further information

Go to the official website:


PAGES sessions

2k Network - PP010: Climate of the Common Era (Session 49467)
Primary Convener; Jason E Smerdon, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Conveners: Kim M Cobb, Georgia Institute of Technology, Edward R Cook, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

This session highlights recent work on all aspects of the climate of the Common Era using new proxy records, data syntheses, reconstruction methodologies, proxy system modeling, and paleoclimate model simulations. Contributions that combine several of these areas or that focus on developing improved quantitative estimates of uncertainty are particularly welcome. A focus of this year's session will be on the use of Common-Era data and analyses for policy and management insights. Examples include establishing a baseline for future risk assessments, conservation, and resiliency, or the characterization of past climate-society relationships as frameworks for anticipating and mitigating future impacts.

DAPS - PP026: New perspectives on past climates: progress in proxy system modeling, reconstruction algorithms and uncertainty quantification (Session 52723)
Primary Convener: Kuan-Hui Elaine Lin, Academia Sinica; Conveners Daniel E Amrhein, University of Washington; Wanchen Wu, Academia Sinica; Michael N Evans, Univ Maryland

Historical climate data and reconstructions of past climate are powerful tools for evaluating climate models used to simulate modern climate and project future changes. Gathering spatiotemporally high-resolution paleoclimate data and connecting them to past changes and the spectra and spatial patterns of past variability is thus a priority. We solicit contributions addressing key challenges in paleoreconstruction: data retrieval and integration from diverse sources, realistic multivariate, multi-archive proxy system (data) modeling; physical and statistical process modeling; comparison of observations and simulations; and identification and quantification of systematic errors. This session will provide a platform for transparent, robust progress in future studies.

PALSEA - PP033: Sea Level and Ice Sheet Reconstructions over Glacial Cycles (Session 47467)
Primary Convener: Jacqueline Austermann, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University; Conveners Jeremy D Shakun, Boston College; Robert Barnett, University of Exeter

Advancing predictions of future sea-level rise hinges on an improved understanding of ice-sheet behavior in the geologic past. Past warm periods serve as analogues for future warming but ice dynamics and local sea-level rise are strongly linked to the preceding deglaciation. Furthermore, both interglacials and glacials are natural laboratories for studying ice-sheet stability and thresholds on rates of sea-level change. We therefore invite contributions on Pliocene and Quaternary glacial cycles, including the Holocene, that focus on local sea-level proxies and reconstructions, glacial isostatic adjustment and other forms of solid Earth deformation that contribute to local sea-level change, and models and geologic constraints on past ice-sheet changes. As part of PALSEA (PALeo constraints on SEA level rise), we particularly encourage submissions that connect with related scientific communities (for example sedimentology, paleoecology, mineral physics, geodynamics, and glaciology) and provide solutions on how to reduce uncertainties in sea level and ice sheet reconstructions.

VICS - GC093: Understanding the Climatic and Societal Impacts of Past and Future Explosive Volcanism (Session 52395)
Primary Convener: Brian Zambri, Rutgers University New Brunswick; Conveners: Allegra N. LeGrande, NASA; Alan Robock, Rutgers University

Stratovolcanic eruptions drive regional and global climate changes on seasonal to annual timescales, with clusters of eruptions or exceptional events potentially creating multidecadal climate anomalies. Because of the scarcity of observable large-magnitude, explosive eruptions in the satellite era, characterization of volcanic climatic impacts relies heavily upon a combination of aerosol radiative forcing reconstructions, historical and paleoclimate evidence, and global aerosol and climate model simulations, all of which have inherent limitations and uncertainties.

The session focuses on five key areas: (1) the reconstruction of volcanic forcing; (2) climate reconstruction and identification of mechanisms of volcanically-forced climate variability; (3) uncertainties in the simulations of volcanic events by current global aerosol models (including their evaluation against stratospheric aerosol observations and proxy reconstructions); (4) volcanic impacts on human societies; and (5) the role of volcanic eruptions in understanding future climate variability and predictability. Studies that bridge multiple focus areas are particularly welcome.

Invited speaker: Bette Otto-Bliesner (NCAR, USA).

Splinter meetings

1. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN) is planning a splinter meeting. Details will be advised when available.

Information for early-career researchers

Read all about what's on offer for early-career researchers attending the AGU18:

Travel grants: Financial support application deadlines are in August 2018.

General Student Travel Grant

The Fall Meeting General Student Travel Grant provides partial travel assistance to student presenters to attend Fall Meeting. Any AGU student member presenting at Fall Meeting may apply, but preference will be given to students from demographic groups who are underrepresented in the sciences. Awardees traveling from the United States and Canada will receive $500 grants, whereas awardees traveling from outside the United States and Canada will receive $1,000 grants.

Lloyd V. Berkner Travel Fellowship

Early-career scientists and students under 35 years of age who are citizens of countries designated by the World Bank as “low” or “lower-middle” income per capita may apply. Registration, travel, boarding, and meals for Fall Meeting will be covered. To see a full listing of Berkner eligible countries, go to: