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EGU2017: a meeting of top geoscience professionals

05/29/2017

Scientists from all over the world, including Irstea experts, gathered in Vienna, Austria at the end of April to present recent discoveries during the European Geosciences Union General Assembly. Here are the highlights of this important event.

Over 600 themed sessions, 4,000 presentations and 11,000 posters punctuated the EGU assembly, which Irstea researchers have been attending for over a decade. Irstea’s schedule this year included new software, hydrological models, and demonstrations.

In hydrology, the free airGR software and its dedicated teaching version airGRteaching developed by Irstea can transform rainfall into flows simply and quickly, which appealed to many researchers and teachers! Other highlight included the national-scale hydrological model of France [1] for simulating flows while taking into account dam management in the French region and the simple flood simulation model [2] requiring limited information. These tools help improve our understanding of the operation of river basins and the management of water resources.

Among the promising projects in hydrological prevention, IMPREX [3] stood out: a H2020 project focusing on analyzing the management of ongoing extreme hydrological events to improve prediction and forecasting tools.

See the video presentation of the Imprex project

The evolution of avalanche activity due to climate change and Irstea’s expertise in gauging avalanche barriers by studying wet snow avalanche projections [4] were central to several discussions about snow research.

Finally, the OZCAR research infrastructure, dedicated to observing the Critical Zone [5] to measure and model water, carbon and associated element cycles, was presented for the first time by Irstea and its partners.

The involvement of Irstea researchers in the EGU assembly in helping organize sessions, presenting their work, and evaluating the work of PhD students, is a clear acknowledgment from their peers of their expertise in these areas.

What comes next? While the dates of the 2018 assembly have already been announced, the sessions will be organized over the coming months. See you on April 8-13, 2018 for new innovations.

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[1] Model developed by Alban de Lavenne

[2] Model developed by Cédric Rebolho

[3] The European IMPREX project is coordinated by KNMI (Netherlands). Maria Helena Ramos, Irstea researcher and coordinator of the HEPEX international network, is responsible for a work package in the project. 

[4] When an avalanche is stopped by an obstacle, the snow piles up above the obstacle.

[5] Area of interactions between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, snow cover, ground, rocks and ecosystems, impacted by human activity.