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Esri and the 2020 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

11-15-2020 11:22 AM
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Many know of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) as among the world’s most well-respected Earth science scholarly organizations, and its annual fall meeting has dwarfed the Esri UC by well over 10,000 attendees. In 2019 the AGU Fall meeting was held, face-to-face, in San Francisco's newly-renovated Moscone Center. It attracted 28,000 attendees from 113 countries, maintaining its status as the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. With this year's pandemic, AGU is following the lead of many other organizations in holding its meeting completely in virtual space, while extending the length of the conference from 7 days to 17. This will allow it to accommodate over 1000 hours of virtual content and to minimize conflicts over all the world's time zones. 

Within this virtual mode, Esri is a PREMIUM-level exhibitor with a virtual booth presence under the theme of Next Generation Science Entails WHERE: The Analysis Ecosystem That Facilitates Scientific Discovery. It will feature a bevy of rich content, messaging and demos on multidimensional scientific data and analysis, imagery, big data geoanalytics, The Living Atlas, ArcGIS Pro, R and Python integration, ArcGIS Hubs, GeoPlanner, Insights, ArcGIS StoryMaps, Learn ArcGIS, raster analytics, Ecological Land Units, Ecological Marine Units, the entire web GIS pattern, our commitment to open/interoperable, and more.

Throughout the entire conference, Esri will have virtual booth staff available each day should any AGU attendee have questions, wish to speak with Esri experts, or request a science demo. AGU attendees may make such a request via this Survey123 link.

In addition, a variety of science books from Esri Press will be available to AGU attendees at significant discount. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity by visiting

Many thanks to Esri Earth Sciences Solution Director Lorraine Tighe for coordinating the participation of over 20 Esri virtual booth staff in this important scientific conference. 

Beyond the virtual booth, we are also pleased to share the lineup of presentations that will be made by Esri staff at the 2020 AGU Fall Meeting. AGU is making all such content live, but also available on-demand, with pre-recorded oral presentations and virtual posters available for attendees to view even outside the scheduled live Q&A sessions during the meeting.

You’ll see in the list below of scientific 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.


(where A = Atmospheric Sciences, B = Biogeosciences, C = Cryosphere, ED = Education, EP = Earth and Planetary Surface Processes, IN = Earth and Space Science Informatics, GC = Global Environmental Change, NH = Natural Hazards, SY = Science and Society; 5-character codes are entire sessions)

A128-06 New York City greenhouse gas emissions estimated with inverse modelling of aircraft measurem...

B080-0009 Detecting ecosystem changes by merging multiple satellite remote sensing platforms across ... 

C056-00014-Nonylphenol in Sierra Nevada Glaciers, California, USA

ED001-03 Charting a Global Course for GIS Education for 2030

EP046 Data-Driven Research in the Earth and Planetary Sciences I Posters

EP046-0003 Modeling Mobility Patterns Uncertainty of Twitter Feeds During an Earthquake Using Spatio...

IN003 Harnessing Emerging High-Performance Computing, Cloud, and Data Analytics Capabilities: Prepar...

GC068-0001A Random Forest Based Spatiotemporal Regression Model for the Impact of Greenspace on Chil...

GC130-06 Informing urban climate planning with high resolution data: the Hestia fossil fuel CO2 emis...

NH007-0010 Democratizing Safety During an Earthquake: Multi-Disciplinary Spatial Optimization for De...

NH007-0021 Spatio-Temporal Colocation Causality Analysis of Injected Water and Induced Earthquakes i...

SY025-03 Utilizing Remote Sensing to Measure Urban Decongestion Strategies in a Post COVID 19 Enviro...

SY035-0014 Leveraging earth observation data at the science-society interface: tools to help countri...

Dawn Wright is also a speaker in the AGU Town Hall: TH097 Diversity and Inclusion in the Earth and Space Sciences: Candid Discussion with the AGU Divers...

Dawn Wright will deliver special invited remarks during the Ignite@AGU special event, 12/2/2020, 4:30-6:00p ET

And watch for these special presentations (under PROGRAM in the AGU Fall Meeting top-level navigation):

Exhibitor Presentation Theater: Earth Science Research Methods Protecting our Planet - 12/7/2020, 1:30-2:15p ET 

We rely on Earth to sustain us.  Understanding today's complex challenges facing Earth and its response to biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation, polluted air and water, plastic pollution,  natural hazards, management of natural resources,  and climate change are the at the heart of Earth sciences research.  We support Earth and space scientists with cutting-edge location-based technologies in data analysis, dissemination, and storytelling to expand our knowledge and scientific understanding of Earth’s systems  for the benefit of humankind. Join us for demonstrations to extract deeper insight from massive volumes of multidimensional  earth observations, using a comprehensive set of analytical methods and spatial algorithms, including machine learning and deep learning techniques  to solve problems that face  our  nation and the world.  Presenters: Lorraine Tighe; Orhun Aydin; Joseph Kerski, and Ankita Bakshi.  

Career Center Theater: GIS - A Universally Fundamental Job Skill - 12/9/2020, 1:30-2:15p ET 

A strong foundation of GIS skills brings with it a combination of artistry and scientific practice for a truly holistic approach to problem solving and decision making. GIS skills are multidisciplinary and can analyze problems at global and local scales using authoritative data. Learn how to merge and analyze multidimensional and multidisciplinary data, conduct change- detection incorporate AI/machine learning into complex research, and share your findings all in one system. The use of unmanned aerial vehicles of GIS data collection have opened an exciting new realm of geospatial applications and job opportunities (e.g., for a certified drone pilots). The demand for GIS skills is growing and will continue to grow. In this session you will hear from GIS experts about enhancing your research and accessing relevant training resources to develop your applied skills. Presenters: Dan Pisut; Joseph Kerski, and Kathy Cappelli.

Living Atlas Services Used in Hurricane Preparedness and Response on AGU TV 

"The GEOGloWS ECMWF Streamflow Service is a worldwide application of the global runoff forecasts from the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) that transforms runoff into river discharge forecasts for every river of the world. Led by  Brigham Young University (BYU) and Esri, it grew out of an effort to build a U.S. National Water Model National in 2015 by NOAA. This GEOGloWS ECMWF Streamflow Service is now fully running on ECMWF cyberinfrastructure. The hydrologic data service consists of the same 40-year historical simulations from ECMWF's ERA5-Land reanalysis and 15-day ensemble forecasts produced daily for the Copernicus Emergency Management Service Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS)." -- from a GEO press release.  Additionally, these services have been used in recent weeks in operational response mode by emergency managers at Cepredenac in Guatemala.


(where B = Biogeosciences, IN = Earth and Space Science Informatics, NH = Natural Hazards, SY = Science and Society, V = Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology)

B114-0003 Dynamic Soil Properties Web Application

ED029-0010Blue Carbon: Bringing Field Research and ArcGIS Mapping to the High School Classroom

IN003-11 Outcomes from the NASA ArcGIS Distributed Active Archive (DAAC) Collaboration

IN003-12 GES DISC Geographic Information System (GIS) Service and Path Forward

IN005-03 L34RS: Providing Earth Analysis Ready Data by NASA GES DISC

IN005-13 Serving netCDF-based NASA EOS Products with ArcGIS Image Service

IN034-02 VIIRS Direct Broadcast Advances for Improved Wildland Fire Monitoring in Alaska

NH012-06 Automated storm damage severity mapping from satellite imagery using image segmentation and...

SY008-10Educating with ArcGIS StoryMaps to Promote Ocean Literacy and to Highlight Connections Betwe...

SY029 Narrowing the Gap in Environmental Problem Solving: Connecting with Communities Using Emerging...

SY033-0002 Utilizing ESRI Dashboards to Visualize Geospatial Data in the Saint Louis River Area of C...

SY041-08 Studying the 2019 Australian Bushfires Disaster Using NASA Data: A Data-Driven Storytelling...

SY047-16 3D Viewers, a Dashboard, and Data Services in Support of Arctic Science: ARMAP and AOV

V009-08 Reconstructing Tumalo Volcanic Center (Central Oregon Cascades, USA) Eruption Volumes Using ...


View and search the entire 2020 AGU Fall Meeting Program at this link

View and search the 2020 AGU Fall Meeting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) schedule at this link.

Visit Esri's complete online Science Portfolio at

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