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European Geosciences Union

European Geosciences Union
Formation 2002
Type Non-profit organization
Purpose Dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the geosciences and the planetary and space sciences for the benefit of humanity
Headquarters Munich, Germany
Membership Over 11,000 members (2012)
President Günter Blöschl
Vice-president Donald Bruce Dingwell

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is a Munich (Germany). Membership is open to individuals who are professionally engaged in or associated with these fields and related studies, including students and retired seniors.

The EGU publishes 15 volcanology, planetary exploration, the Earth’s internal structure and atmosphere, climate change, and renewable energies.

The EGU has 22 scientific divisions that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the organization.[1]


The EGU was established by the merger of the European Geophysical Society and the European Union of Geosciences on 7 September 2002. Council members of the two organisations came together at Hotel Platzl in Munich, Germany, to sign the Union into existence.[2] The final stages of the merger were completed on 31 December 2003.[3]


Since 2001,[4] the EGU and Copernicus Publications have published a growing number of geoscientific journals. These include 15 peer-reviewed open-access journals.[5] EGU also publishes books and other materials available in paper and online.[6]

The open access journals are:[5]

Annales Geophysicae (ANGEO): inter-disciplinary scientific journal in the sciences of the Sun-Earth system, including Space Weather, Solar-Terrestrial plasma physics, and the Earth’s atmosphere.

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP): journal on the Earth’s atmosphere and the underlying chemical and physical processes. It covers the altitude range from the land and ocean surface up to the turbopause, including the troposphere, stratosphere and mesosphere.

Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (AMT): journal dedicated to advances in remote sensing, in-situ and laboratory measurement techniques for the constituents and properties of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Biogeosciences (BG): journal dedicated to all aspects of the interactions between the biological, chemical and physical processes in terrestrial or extraterrestrial life with the geosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere.

Climate of the Past (CP): journal dedicated to the climate history of the Earth. CP covers all temporal scales of climate change and variability, from geological time through to multidecadal studies of the last century.

Earth Surface Dynamics (ESurf): journal dedicated to the publication and discussion of research on the physical, chemical and biological processes shaping Earth’s surface and their interactions on all scales.

Earth System Dynamics (ESD): journal on studies that take an interdisciplinary perspective of the functioning of the whole Earth system and global change.

Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems (GI): journal in the area of geoscientific instruments.

Geoscientific Model Development (GMD): journal dedicated to the publication and public discussion of the description, development and evaluation of numerical models of the Earth System and its components.

Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS): journal for the publication of original research in hydrology, placed within a holistic Earth system science context.

Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS): journal for the publication of original research concerning natural hazards.

Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics (NPG): journal for the publication of original research furthering knowledge on nonlinear processes in all branches of Earth, planetary and solar system sciences.

Ocean Science (OS): journal dedicated to the publication and discussion of research on all aspects of ocean science, experimental, theoretical and laboratory.

Solid Earth (SE): journal dedicated to multidisciplinary research on the composition, structure and dynamics of the Earth from the surface to the deep interior at all spatial and temporal scales.

The Cryosphere (TC): journal dedicated to the publication and discussion of research on all aspects of frozen water and ground on Earth and on other planetary bodies.


The European Geosciences Union convenes a yearly General Assembly. At the 2013 meeting in Vienna, there were 4,684 oral, 8,207 poster presentations and 452 interactive content (PICO) presentations. Over 11,000 scientists from 95 countries participated in the conference[7] Abstracts of presentations are published in the Geophysical Research Abstracts (print: ISSN 1029-7006, online: ISSN 1607-7962).


The EGU awards a number of annual medals to recognize scientific achievements. Four of these medals are at union level: the Arthur Holmes Medal for Solid Earth Geosciences, the Alfred Wegener Medal for atmospheric, hydrological, or ocean sciences, the Jean Dominique Cassini Medal for planetary and space sciences, and the Alexander von Humboldt Medal for scientists from developing countries (with emphasis on Latin America and Africa), who have achieved exceptional international standing in geosciences and planetary and space sciences, defined in their widest senses. In addition there are four Arne Richter Awards for Outstanding Young Scientists (formerly Outstanding Young Scientist Award), selected from the Division level Outstanding Young Scientists Award Winners.[8]

At division level there are 29 medals for outstanding scientists. Each year Outstanding Student Poster Awards are selected for participating divisions.[9]

See also


  1. ^ "EGU Scientific Divisions and Division Presidents". Homepage. European Geosciences Union. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  2. ^ "GeoQ, issue 4: Articles". EGU Newsletter. European Geosciences Union. 
  3. ^ "EGU Historial Highlights". Homepage. European Geosciences Union. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  4. ^ "10 Years of Interactive Open Access Publishing". Homepage. European Geosciences Union. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  5. ^ a b "EGU Open Access Journals". Homepage. European Geosciences Union. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  6. ^ "Other EGU publications". Homepage. European Geosciences Union. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  7. ^ "EGU 2013 General Assembly website". Homepage. Copernicus. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  8. ^ "EGU Awards and Medals". Homepage. European Geosciences Union. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  9. ^ "List of EGU Awards and Medals". Homepage. European Geosciences Union. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Imaggeo: the online open access geosciences image repository of the European Geosciences Union
  • GeoQ: the quarterly newsletter and information service of the EGU (previously known as The Eggs)
  • GeoLog, the EGU blog
  • the EGU blog network
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