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Esri and the 2018 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

10-22-2018 06:46 PM
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We are pleased to share the lineup of oral talks, panels, posters and an inaugural workshop that will be presented December 9-14 at the 2018 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in Washington, DC. Many know of AGU as among the world’s most well-respected Earth science scholarly organizations, and its annual fall meeting dwarfs our UC by over 10,000 attendees. AGU 2018 expects 28,000 attendees from 113 countries, making it the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world.


You’ll see in the list below of scientific workshops, papers, posters, and entire sessions that Esri is leading or contributing on a wide variety of interesting and important projects. Many of these are in collaboration with our federal partners at NASA, NOAA, US Forest Service, Department of Energy, EPA, and the USGS, as well as several universities and national laboratories. This showcases how Esri not only enables great understanding of the world with our products and services, but also performs good science, and contributes well as a member of the scientific community, sharing and inspiring others as to The Science of Where.

In addition, we will have a 20' x 20' theater-style exhibit booth (coordinated by Research & Sciences Industry Manager Drew Stephens) with messaging and demos (as organized by Dan Pisut) on multidimensional scientific data and analysis, imagery, big data geoanalytics, The Living Atlas, ArcGIS Pro, Ecological Land Units, Ecological Marine Units, GeoPlanner,  Insights, story maps, the web GIS pattern, our commitment to open/interoperable, and more. See the Esri Booth Demo Schedule and exhibit floor plan (Esri is booth 1425).

Overall, we are sending ~20 Esri staff to participate at AGU. 


Marriott Marquis, Dec 10, 4:30 pm for broadcast later.  As part of the Centennial Celebration, AGU is recording “AGU Narratives” to capture stories of scientists. This is in cooperation with StoryCorps, and is meant to illuminate the stories of the sciences, celebrate the accomplishments in Earth and space science, and reveal the personal and scientific stories of science. Dawn Wright‌ will be in a conversational interview with Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute Tetherless World Constellation's Director of Data Science Operations and former Research Data Alliance Secretariat Mark Parsons as part of the Earth and Space Science Informatics block of AGU Narratives.


For the first time in its history AGU is facilitating the offering of half and full-day scientific workshops. Esri took advantage of the opportunity and is involved in:

Emerging Data Science and Machine Learning Opportunities in the Weather and Climate Sciences (WS34 - Workshop Outline)

Convened by 

Christiane Jablonowski (University of Michigan)

Sudhir Shrestha (Esri)

Vipin Kumar (University of Minnesota)

Orhun Aydin (Esri)

Amy McGovern (University of Oklahoma)

Daniel Cooley (Colorado State University)

Imme Ebert-Uphoff (Colorado State University)

Kevin Reed (Stony Brook University)

      Dawn Wright(Esri) also speaking and serving on the final panel

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Fee (Regular/Student): $150/$75
Constitution AB and B Corridor, Grand Hyatt - Estimated number of participants = 150

Especially for: Atmospheric Sciences, Earth and Space Science Informatics, Global Environmental Change, Hydrology, Natural Hazards, Nonlinear Geophysics, Ocean Sciences

The disciplines of atmospheric science and data science are at a crossroads and about to experience scientific breakthroughs that are comparable to the revolution in bioinformatics over the last decade. This multidisciplinary workshop brings together atmospheric researchers, data scientists, statisticians, engineers, tech companies, program managers, educators, students, and stakeholders to discuss newly emerging data science and machine learning opportunities for the atmospheric sciences. In particular, high-impact weather and climate events will serve as the science driver to explore the novel field of physics-aware, theory-guided data science.

Pre-AGU EVENT - OceanObs Research Coordination Network (RCN)

Renaissance Hotel, Grand North Ballroom, Dec 9, 10:30am-6:30 pm.  The OceanObs RCN builds on the efforts to network ocean observing groups conducted over the past 5 years. This meeting seeks to advance links between observation networks and operational users to facilitate the delivery of critical information to stakeholders. We will discuss a decadal vision addressing critical policy issues that require multidisciplinary ocean observing systems, including discussion about the forthcoming Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) proposed by the IOC (, and balancing ocean observations, science, use, and conservation requirements. Dawn Wright‌ on the organizing committee.

SPECIAL SIDE EVENT - Ocean Intelligence

Canadian Embassy, near the US Capitol, Dec 11, 4-7 pm.  This event will showcase ocean observing in the US and Canada, with the aim of bringing the two communities on either side of the border closer together to build alliances, leverage assets, and share data openly. Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the NOAA Administrator have been invited to deliver opening remarks. A panel will then discuss how ocean observing data are used to advance science, inform policy, and help coastal communities plan, adapt to climate change, and mitigate natural hazards. Invited panelists include Kate Moran, President and CEO of Ocean Networks Canada, Esri Chief Scientist Dawn Wright, and John Trowbridge, new Executive Director of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI).

SPECIAL AGU EVENT - AGU Sharing Science in Plain English panel

Renaissance Grand Central, Dec 11, 12:30-2 pm.  The panel is a 1.5-hour discussion and Q&A intended for around 100 scientists with little to no communications experience who want to learn the basics of communicating science effectively to lay audiences, including doing media interviews, meetings with policymakers, giving public talks (at civic functions, etc.), or on social media. Allen Carroll will deliver remarks and demos on story maps as a science communication tool, with Dawn Wright‌ in the audience for discussion support.

    The target audience member is a graduate student, who has spent the last 7 years studying science and has forgotten how to use more elementary terms to explain his/her research.  However, any Fall Meeting registrant may attend (and have attended) this panel. The panel will be moderated by science writer Yudhijit Bhattacharjee. Panel session and accompanying lunch sponsored by AGU's Sharing Science Program.


(where U = Union, B = Biogeosciences, G = Geodesy, GH = GeoHealth, H = Hydrology, IN = Earth and Space Science Informatics, NH = Natural Hazards, PA = Public Affairs, T = Tectonophysics; bolded are entire sessions)


(where ED = Education, EP = Earth and Planetary Surface Processes, G = Geodesy, H = Hydrology, IN = Earth and Space Science Informatics, NH = Natural Hazards, OS = Ocean Sciences; bolded are entire sessions)

View and search the entire 2018 AGU Fall Meeting Program at this link

About the Author
Dawn was appointed Chief Scientist of Esri in October 2011 after 17 years as a professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University. As Esri Chief Scientist, she reports directly to Esri CEO Jack Dangermond with a mission to strengthen the scientific foundation for Esri software and services, while representing Esri to the national and international scientific community. Dawn maintains an affiliated faculty appointment as Professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State. Follow her on Twitter @deepseadawn. More info. also at and