AGU 2016 HIGHLIGHTS
With a poster in one hand and coffee in the other, four of us from Eosense hopped on a flight to San Francisco, California in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday December 11, 2016. We were among 25,000 other eager scientists heading to the 2016 American Geophysical Union Meeting (AGU16). While our airBnB was beautifully located in Alamo Square, the food we ate was nothing short of uniquely satisfying and the ambiance of the holidays flooded the streets of San Francisco; our main reason for the feeling of great enthusiasm was the incredible amount of learning we were about to take in for the next 5 days. And we were definitely not the only ones eager to see the doors of the exhibit hall open at 6pm on Monday, December 12, 2016!
While it was very exciting to see all the swag that was being given away and the line ups for the yearly NASA Calendar expanding from wall to wall; our main highlights for the AGU16 were all the amazing posters, talks and sessions that went on during the week. Some of our favorites include:
- University of Maryland’s Eric Davidson’s talk on “B13I08 Overview of the Global Nitrous Oxide Budget: The More We Think We Know, the Less We Really Know” (abstract)
- Washington State University’s Sarah Waldo and colleagues poster on “B21F0485 Investigating Physical Controls on Methane and Carbon Dioxide Fluxes over Reservoirs Using the Eddy Covariance Method” (abstract)
- St Francis Xavier University’s Lynsay Spafford and colleagues poster on “B21F-0488: Temporally-resolved Study of Atmosphere-lake Net CO2 Exchange at Lochaber Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada” (abstract)
- Princeton University’s Stuart Riddick and colleagues poster on “H33I-1683: Measuring methane emissions from abandoned and active oil and gas wells in West Virginia” (abstract)
- Stanford University’s Eric Lebel and colleagues poster on “H33I-1673: Quantification of Methane Leaks from Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells in California” (abstract)
- Stanford University’s Mary Kang and colleagues poster on “H33I-1685: Characterization and estimation of methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania” (abstract)
- All of the posters in the FluxNet 20th anniversary session “B41B: 20 Years of Eddy Flux Research in AmeriFlux and EuroFlux: History, Highlights, and Future Directions I Posters” (list of posters)
- University of Wyoming’s Elise Pendall and colleagues poster on “B51L01 Interactive Effects of Experimental Warming and Elevated CO2 on Belowground Allocation and Soil Organic Matter Decomposition at the Prairie Heating and CO2 Enrichment” (abstract)
- University of Georgia’s Mary Anne McGuire and colleagues poster on “B53F0577 Lessons Learned From Recent Research on Internal CO2 Transport in Trees. Part II, Recycling of Respired CO” (abstract)
The Return of R2-D2
As we were submerged into the world of Geophysical sciences the rest of the world was pretty hyped for the release of the newest Star Wars movie, and we were lucky enough to have a very special visitor stop by to say hi to us at our booth. Thank you Grant McKinney for taking R2D2 to the AGU16, he was quite the hit for the day! He also has his own little movie as he tries to find love in our galaxy; check out “Artoo in Love”.
After a few days of taking in all the posters it was finally time for us to have our time to shine! We presented Soil Respiration in Eddy Covariance Footprints using Forced Diffusion on Thursday, December 14, 2016 during the very busy session on 20 Years of Eddy Flux Research in AmeriFlux and EuroFlux: History, Highlights, and Future Directions I. (abstract)
Our Customer & Partner Appreciation Party!
We decided that since our Customer event was such a hit last year we went back to Schroder’s German Beer hall. This historic German beer hall has been around since 1893 located in the Financial District.
We spent the evening comparing stories of the AGU16, discussing research, eating delicious German grub, drinking German beer and catching up with old friends and new. Thanks to everyone that weathered the storm and joined us for a great evening!
Last but definitely not Least: Releasing our eosGP 2.0!
Our eosGP is a waterproof, compact gas probe for continuous, accurate, in-situ monitoring of CO2 concentration in harsh environments.
For the new version of the eosGP, the biggest change is in the CO2 sensor itself. By switching to a new light source, the power draw is dramatically lower (we ran the demonstration unit at AGU on only four AA batteries all week, with power to spare). This also means that the eosGP will be resistant to physical shock and vibrations, and the unit will produce even less heat than the original units.
The other big improvement is in customization. Users will now be able to select which data they want as output (both serial and analog), as well as adjust the output settings to accommodate almost any third-party datalogger. You can also upload your own calibration data and pressure values to the eosGP, to maximize accuracy across time and in different environments. Finally, a datalogging model will be available, allowing you to record millions of concentration measurements without any other hardware.
We want to thank everyone that stopped by our booth throughout the week; whether it was an interest in our products, to catch up with us since last year or just to have a chat! We had an amazing time at AGU 2016 and are looking forward to seeing you all again at AGU 2017 in New Orleans
“Remember the Force will be with you, always” – Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope