EGU 2017: Final day

It’s over. Five days of interesting talks, posters and discussions are finally done and the EGU 2017 has reached its end. The final day was for me the only one where I had some contributions on my own and so it was a busy one.

After I have hung up my posters (yes, I had two to cover today), I went to a palaeo-session and listened to many talks about ice sheet modelling and data collection in Antarctica. After lunch I had the session in which I had to give my talk on the seasonal prediction of the SNAO.

The session lasted two slots long and the final talk on the supermodel reminded me of the SIRF I applied in my last paper. Interesting to see it applied to a full-scale model. Finally the day ended with the poster session, but this time I had my two posters and a lot of talking to do (and yeah, EGU finally retweeted a tweet of mine ;)).

So all in all it was a great conference. I enjoyed Vienna once again, met many interesting people and saw so many interesting talks and poster that I look forward to the next time. The hottest topic in my view was the warning of the observationalist that there is really a problem building up in Antarctica. I saw two medal lectures on this topic and the claim that models currently underestimate the potential sea level rise are quite worrisome. The thing I was not so happy about was the provisional building in front of the main building as it covered the meeting place and changed the atmosphere of the breaks. But to answer the question of my first post from this years EGU, it seemed as the resources for beers and wine for the poster sessions were alright, as the complaints were relatively quite during the days. At the end it is time for me to say goodbye from Vienna (I will do that with another day here) and taking all the new ideas home and hopefully having the time and opportunity to make something out of them.

EGU 2014 – Medal lectures are fun

Having studied meteorology and doing therein statistics lead me always back to sessions, which are not directly connected to my current research focus. Like today, where I started with statistical methods applied on precipitation data. It was in fact a very diverse session, since precipitation data, due to their properties, are quite complicate to handle. Afterwards, I spend my time in a session about ensemble methods, which mainly focused on supermodels. Therein within a multi model ensemble each model is not calculated independently but the models are allowed to communicate with each other. This seems to be an intresting approach, even if there is to proof that the result is really benefitial over indepently run models on a large scale. Nevertheless, the first results looked quite promissing.

The whole day was dominated by the large sessions on the current IPCC AR and so I took a look into one of their sessions in the early afternoons. Afterwards, it was time for the great medal lecture by Olivier Talagrand. He got quite quickly through his work of his own and his collaborateurs, which was nice to see. All the different data assimilation techniques in one hour was interesting and remembered me of a lot of lectures during my studies. A worthy medal recipent. At the end stand the traditional poster session.

In general I like the medal lectures, since they really allow to cover a whole theme in a little bit more detail and give a good overview over a topic (which depends of course on the abbility of the presenter). The traditional 12 minute slots can be sometimes quite tiring and so it is good to have some alternatives on the menu.