European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2017

23.04 - 28.04.2017  
Vienna, Austria

The EGU General Assembly 2017 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early-career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience.

Dates and location

The General Assembly 2017 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) will be held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria, from 23–28 April 2017.


Browse through the sessions here:

Abstract submissions

Abstract submission closes 11 January 2017 (13:00 CET).

Each session shows the Abstract Submission link. Using this link you are asked to log in to the Copernicus Office Meeting Organizer. You may submit the text of your contribution as plain text, LaTeX, or MS Word content. An abstract processing charge (APC) of €40.00 gross (€33.61 net) will be levied. Please note that abstracts submitted between 12-20 January 2017 by conveners on your behalf require an increased APC of €80.00 gross.

Detailed information on how to submit an abstract can be found at:


If you would like to apply for support, please submit no later than 1 December 2016.


Please note that the congress ECCIMD2017 with 10,000 participants takes place in Vienna in parallel with the EGU2017 dates. In addition, the Vienna marathon with 40,000 participants takes place on the Sunday. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to book as soon as possible.

Important dates

Call for sessions deadline: 9 September 2016
Abstract submission: 20 October 2016 to 11 January 2017
Support application: 20 October to 1 December 2016

PAGES-supported sessions

Tropical Peatlands (Session: BG2.5/SSS6.12) - co-organized by C-PEAT working group
Convener: I Lawson. Co-Conveners: O Lähteenoja, H Cadillo-Quiroz, S Page, J Kaduk, S Sjogersten.

Until about a decade ago, lowland tropical peatlands were thought to be overwhelmingly concentrated in SE Asia. Accordingly, a sizeable body of knowledge was developed on peatlands in Malaysia and Indonesia. Ironically, just as their huge carbon storage and unique ecology were being explored, they were increasingly deforested, drained, and given over to agriculture; only fragments of the original vegetation now remain. However, extensive campaigns of remote sensing and fieldwork have shown in the past few years that lowland peatlands in fact occur very widely across the tropics, and in many cases they are comparatively pristine. Far from being anomalous, SE Asian peatlands now appear to be part of a wider pattern.

This session aims to stimulate a new synthesis of our knowledge of the similarities and differences in peatland form and function across the tropics. Presentations focusing on aspects of distribution, hydrology, microbiology, geochemistry, (paleo-)ecology, and conservation of tropical peatlands are welcome; we particularly encourage attempts to synthesize what is known, identify outstanding questions, and make comparisons between peatlands in different parts of the tropics and/or at higher latitudes.

Studying the climate of the last two millennia 
(Session: CL1.03) - co-sponsored by the PAGES 2k project
Convener: L von Gunten. Co-Conveners: J Luterbacher, E Zorita, F González-Rouco, A Hormes, H McGregor.

This session highlights integrative paleoclimate research on the climate of the past 2000 years. We invite presentations that provide insights into data syntheses, quantitative temperature and hydroclimate reconstructions from local to global scales, novel approaches to producing multi-proxy climate field reconstructions, and contributions critically addressing non-climatic influences on proxies used in climate reconstructions, or integration of information from proxies with different time resolutions. We also welcome abstracts on high-resolution ocean reconstructions (SSTs, salinity, ocean circulation) or integrating both marine and terrestrial data.

This session also encourages participation of presentations of new external forcing reconstructions or assessment, and discussion of existing ones as well as analysis of transient climate simulations, model-data comparison, proxy system modeling, proxy-data assimilation, as well as the attribution of past climate variability to external drivers or internal climate processes.

Flood and weather extremes of the past (Session: CL1.25/AS4.26/HS2.4.5) - co-sponsored by PAGES Floods Working Group
Conveners: S Dietrich, M Czymzik. Co-Conveners: G Lohmann, R Glaser, M Stoffel, S Wirth, B Wilhelm.

The session will concentrate on a better understanding of timing, magnitude and boundary conditions of climate extreme events in the past such as severe floods, heat waves, storms and droughts. Only with a reliable and comprehensive understanding of the variability of past extreme events, projections about the future occurrence of these events can be made and hazard mitigations plans be established. This is essential in the light of current global change, which is expected to lead to an intensification of the hydrological cycle and a shift in frequency and magnitude of meteorological extremes.

We invite contributions that explore the variability and the physical mechanisms of past climate extremes on decadal to millennial time-scales based on the analysis of instrumental and historical data, as well as on the investigation of natural archives such as e.g. fluvial, lake and marine sediments, tree rings, speleothems and molluscs. Furthermore, we welcome results from statistical and modeling efforts that lead to a better understanding of the synoptics and forcing of climate extreme events, i.e. whether these events are a stochastic component of internal climate variations or associated to specific boundary conditions and external forcing factors such as volcanic and solar activity. Contributions that integrate both, proxy data and climate modeling are particularly welcomed.

Scaling, multifractals and Nonlinear dynamics in the atmosphere, ocean, climate and environment (Session: NP3.3/CL5.19) - co-organized by the CVAS working group
Convener: S Lovejoy. Co-Conveners: M Crucifix, A de Vernal, C Franzke, G Lohmann, I de Lima, S Pierini, Q Cheng, FG Schmitt, HA Dijkstra, F Kwasniok, T Huc , K Dethloff, A von der Heydt, D Luo, E de Mulder, F Agterberg & Y Huang 

The climate is highly variable over wide ranges of scale in both space and in time. As a general rule, the climate variations recorded in time series or spatial distributions are expected to depend fairly systematically on time and spatial scales at which they are considered. Such variations need to be accounted for in uncertainty estimates.

This session aims to bring together scientists from the nonlinear geoscience community with climatologists and paleoclimatologists from the modeling and proxy-data acquisition communities, with the aim to develop tools for understanding, comparing and modeling time series and spatial distributions over wide scale ranges, to better understand and quantify the climate variability in time and space while taking into account intrinsic uncertainties. The session is relevant and timely because variability occurs over such enormous range of space-time scales that scaling and other novel approaches are urgently needed. We particularly solicit abstracts related to PMIP and the CVAS (Climate Variability Across Scales) PAGES working group.

Oral: Friday 28 April, 10:30–12:00 / 13:30–15:00 / Room M2
Poster: Thursday 27 April, 17:30–19:00 / Hall X4

Short course: Scales and Scaling in the Climate System (Session: SC7/CL6.01/NP9.1) - co-organized by the CVAS working group
Convener: S Lovejoy. Co-Conveners: C Franzke, T Laepple

Wednesday 26 April, 17:30–20:00/Room L2