Hello, from EGU 2016!
Last week I was in Vienna, AT for the annual European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly. The week started off a tad rainy and dreary outside, but inside the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) there was much activity: running around to set up posters and PICO presentations, scuttling off to sessions of interest.
I had the great opportunity to give the opening presentation for the “Production and transport of gases in the soil: measurements and modelling” session on Monday, April 18th where I presented research done by myself and Chance Creelman on the benefits of coupling above and below ground gas measurements to better understand gas production in the soil profile. The abstract is available on the EGU website if you would like to take a peek. This was a Presenting Interactive COntent (PICO) session, which was an interesting and engaging way to communicate scientific research among colleagues. I would like to say a a huge thank you to Martin Maier, Bernard Longdoz, and Jukka Pumpanen for convening that session.
It was a full week of many excellent Biogeosciences (BG) and Soil System Science (SSS) sessions. In particular, two sessions that I found to be the most interesting were):
- Towards integrating GHG budgets from terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, convened by Ana Meijide, Lutz Merbold, Bert Gielen, and Tonya Del Sontro
- Forests and the methane cycle, convened by Vincent Gauci, Mari Pihlatie, Sunitha Pangala, Katerina Machacova, and Karen Olsson-Francis
A very exciting finding from the “Forests and the methane cycle” session was that boreal tree species play a much bigger role in methane exchange in boreal ecosystems than we thought. Both Katerina Machacova and Iikka Haikarainen’s research found that boreal trees emitted methane from their stems and shoots particularly when soils were wet. Their findings both highlight the importance of incorporating methane fluxes from trees in estimating ecosystem-level methane balances in boreal forests.
EGU 2016 was a blast, it was great to see so many faces, new and familiar. Thank you to everyone for taking the time to meet with me, it was a pleasure.
I am already looking forward to EGU17, see you all there next year!
Chief Scientist at Eosense