Two Call for Abstracts: EGU General Assembly 2020

8 November 2019

Two Call for Abstracts
EGU General Assembly 2020
3-8 May 2020
Vienna, Austria

Abstract submission deadline: 15 January 2020

For more information about the meeting, go to:

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) invites abstract submissions for the EGU General Assembly 2020. This conference will convene 3-8 May 2020 in Vienna, Austria.

Conveners of the following two sessions invite abstract submissions:

SESSION OS1.11: Changes in the Arctic Ocean, Sea Ice, and Subarctic Seas Systems - Observations, Models, and Perspectives
Conveners: Yevgeny Aksenov, Paul A. Dodd, Céline Heuzé, and Krissy Reeve

The rapid decline of Arctic sea ice in the last decade is a dramatic indicator of climate change. The Arctic sea ice cover is now thinner, weaker, and drifts faster. The ocean is also changing; the volume of freshwater stored in the Arctic and has increased, as have the inputs of coastal runoff from Siberia and Greenland. Concurrently, inflows from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans have warmed. As the global surface temperature rises, the Arctic Ocean is speculated to become seasonally ice-free in the 21st century, which prompts us to revisit our perceptions of the Arctic system as a whole. What could the Arctic look like in the future? How are the present changes in the Arctic going to affect the lower latitudes? What aspects of the changing Arctic should future observations, remote sensing and modelling programs address? The scientific community is investing considerable effort in making the current knowledge of the physical and biogeochemical properties of the Arctic more systematic, in exploring poorly understood coupled atmosphere-sea-ice-ocean processes to improve prediction of future changes in the Arctic.

In this session, conveners invite contributions from a variety of studies addressing the recent past, present, and future Arctic. Conveners encourage submissions examining interactions between the ocean, atmosphere, and sea ice, and on studies linking changes in the Arctic to the global ocean. Submissions with a focus on emerging cryospheric, oceanic, and biogeochemical processes and their implications are particularly welcome.

The session promotes results from current Arctic programs and discussions on future plans for Arctic Ocean modelling and measurement strategies, and encourage submissions on the results from the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC).

To submit an abstract to this session, go to:

For questions about this session, contact:
Yevgeny Aksenov
Email: yka [at]
Phone: +44 (0) 238 059 9583

SESSION ITS2.8/OS4.10: Plastic in the Marine Environment - Observing and Explaining Where it Comes from and Where it Goes
Conveners: Stefanie Rynders, Yevgeny Aksenov, H.G. Orr, Ilka Peeken, and Anna Rubio

Plastic contamination has been reported in all realms of the environment from the tropics to the polar oceans. Our poor knowledge of plastics sources, pathways, and hot spots of accumulation prevents an assessment of risks to ecosystems and human health and the development of appropriate mitigation strategies. In order to understand current distributions of plastics and the way they evolve in space and time, much better observations and common consistent measuring methods are required but simultaneously, observations must be systematically combined with computational models

The session aims to set up a forum for multi-disciplinary discussions to create a global picture of plastic contamination in the environment and to suggest approaches for future research, monitoring, and mitigation of plastic pollutions impacts. The session will provide a platform for discussions to advise policy and industry on the best ways to assess potential harm to the environment and human health from this contaminant.

This session will draw together research on plastic contamination across all sizes of plastics from shelf seas to the deep ocean, including ice covered seas. The forum will facilitate combining observations with state-of-the-art computational modelling to promote the fast advance of research and improve our understanding of how plastic pollution affects environments worldwide. Conveners invite contributions on field and remote observations, laboratory experiments, novel modelling approaches, related scientific initiatives, and projects. New ideas for citizen-science involvement and for mitigation strategies to reduce plastic contamination of the environment are especially welcome.

To submit an abstract to this session, go to:

Travel support is available for early career scientist.

For more information about travel grants and how to apply, go to:

Travel support application deadline: 1 December 2019
Abstract submission deadline: 15 January 2020

For more information about the meeting, go to: