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The work of many NCEI scientists, staff, and affiliates will be presented at the all-virtual 2020 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting. The international meeting, set for December 1-17, 2020, is the premier scientific annual conference of the Earth and space science community.

The AGU Fall Meeting is the largest yearly gathering for thousands of participants worldwide who study diverse subject matter pertaining to Earth and space science. Topics range from space weather and geomagnetism to climate and ocean study. More than 23,000 leaders in academia, government, and the private sector from 113 countries are expected to attend online or hold virtual talks and sessions. Oral and poster presentations as well as panel discussions and town halls will showcase new and relevant research tools and services.

NCEI Town Hall

NCEI takes AGU’s annual gathering as an opportunity to meet with its users and stakeholders, and this year is no exception. We will host a virtual Town Hall on Thursday, December 3, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST. (See public listing.) Registered participants will be able to engage directly with our leadership and scientists. They’ll be able to hear about our data, new products and services, and give us ideas and feedback.

NCEI is working to foster innovative and value-added strategies, including the development of newly integrated products and services that span the science disciplines and enable better data discovery. Our Town Hall will demonstrate the ways NCEI has been working for the public good as the nation’s premier environmental archive.

NCEI Invited Talks

Along with many accepted talks and posters, NCEI will present four invited talks this year. One presentation will highlight the legacy of our long-time tsunami researcher, Paula Kay Dunbar. Another talk focuses on our efforts to build a NOAA-wide community of practice and center to facilitate the use of artificial intelligence to advance the efficiencies and quality of our science. Two other presentations will focus on the importance of the middle solar corona and take a look at the environment in the northern Soviet Union since the dissolution of the USSR.

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, join us for “The Tsunami Science and Preparedness Contributions of Paula Kay Dunbar,” a presentation from 10:40–10:45 a.m. EST, about the significant contributions of the late Dunbar, who was the lead scientist on the Historical Tsunami, Earthquake, and Volcanic Eruptions database, bringing them to their current international status as an authoritative source of tsunami information. 

On Friday, Dec. 11, we will host the talk NOAA’s Center for Artificial Intelligence: Experiences, Plans and Status between 10:16–10:20 a.m. EST. NOAA has established a strategic plan designed to accelerate and integrate AI into key NOAA mission areas. The goals are to:

  1. Enhance forecast performance and skills
  2. Increase efficiency and cost-effectiveness in carrying out NOAA missions related to data
  3. Allow for new and innovative ways to exploit NOAA data assets for the benefit of the Nation

Also on Friday, Dec. 11, an invited poster covers Why (And How) We Should Observe the Dynamic Middle Corona. The poster will be available all day. Also on Friday, starting at 1:46 p.m. EST, an invited presentation co-authored by an NCEI affiliate is planned: Looking Forward to 30 Years Since the Disintegration of the USSR: Environmental and Socio-Economic Consequences of Fundamental Institutional Change Amidst Changing Climates.


NCEI scientists and affiliates are contributing to more than 80 sessions, forums, presentations, and posters. In addition to attending the invited talks and Town Hall, follow #AGU20 and #NCEIatAGU on social media for more updates on the AGU Fall Meeting and our contributions to it.

Check out the list of our AGU talks, posters, and presentations to learn more about NCEI’s archives of environmental satellite data and the research we conduct and support.

NCEI Talks, Posters, and Presentations (All times are EST)

Thursday, December 3 (Public Schedule)

Monday, December 7 (Public Schedule)

  • Filling in Spatio-temporal Gaps in the GOES-R Land Surface Temperature Product, Poster, All Day
  • Life and DEFT: Space Weather Preparedness, Poster, All Day
  • NOAA Oceanographic Satellite Products Stewardship and Data Quality Monitoring at National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), Poster, All Day
  • Comparisons of In Situ Ground Observations and Satellite Measurements of Soil Moisture Standardized Using a Consistent Method, Presentation, 7:08–7:12 AM
  • NanoMagSat, a 16U Nanosatellite Constellation High-Precision Magnetic Project to Monitor the Earth’s Magnetic Field and Ionospheric Environment, Presentation, 7:28–7:32 AM
  • Multipoint Measurements of Energetic Particle Deep Penetration into the Low L Region, Presentation, 8:42–8:46 AM
  • Building the Relationship between Data Managers and the End User, Presentation, 1:34–1:38 PM
  • The World Ocean Database Cloud (WODc)—Community Participation and Interaction with a Global Database, Presentation, 1:58–2:02 PM

Tuesday, December 8 (Public Schedule)

  • More Weather or More Water: What is Driving Increases in Extreme Precipitation?, Poster, All Day
  • Polar Frontiers in Lithosphere Exploration and Research I, Session, 7:00–8:00 AM
  • Polar Frontiers in Lithosphere Exploration and Research II, Poster Session, All Day
  • The Role of Traveling Planetary Waves in Ionosphere-Atmosphere Coupling During Sudden Stratospheric Warmings, Presentation, 10:52–10:56 AM
  • Quantifying Useful Wrongness: The Crucial Role of Model Metrics and Validation in Bringing Heliophysics Models from Creation to Application, Presentation, 1:34–1:38 PM
  • Using Sun-Looking-Space-Boxes to Know What Happens Today and Tomorrow on the Sun, Presentation, 1:46–1:47 PM
  • Towards Developing Community Guidelines for Sharing and Reuse of Digital Data Quality Information, Presentation, 11:42–11:46 PM

Wednesday, December 9 (Public Schedule)

  • Canada–United States Elevation Model Collaboration to Improve Tsunami Inundation Mapping, Poster, All Day
  • Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown and Australian Bushfires on Aerosol Loading over the Downwind Coastal Oceanic Regions, Poster, All Day
  • NOAA NCEI CUDEM Program—Continuously-Updated Digital Elevation Models—Applications to Tsunami Modeling, Poster, All Day
  • Regional Tsunami Catalog Completeness of a Global Database, Poster, All Day
  • The Tsunami Science and Preparedness Contributions of Paula Kay Dunbar (Invited), Presentation, 10:40–10:45 AM
  • NOAA NCEI Global Marine Microplastics Database Initiative, Presentation, 8:34–8:38 PM
  • NOAA Environmental Data at NCEI: Cloud Ready—Tools and Tips, Presentation, 10:10–10:13 PM

Thursday, December 10 (Public Schedule)

  • Climate Indicators in NCA5, Poster Session, All Day
  • Evolving Climate Services Across the United States: Supporting Decisions Before, During, and After Extreme Events, Session, 10:00–11:30 AM
  • Survey of Programs Related to Climate Science Fields at America’s HBCUs, Presentation 10:16–10:20 AM
  • Evolving Regional Climate Services Across the U.S.: Supporting Decisions Before, During and After the 2019 Extreme Flood and Precipitation Event in Agriculture and Hydrology, Presentation, 10:45–11:00 AM
  • Quantifying Energetic Electron Precipitation Based on POES/MEPED Angular Response Functions, Presentation, 1:50–1:54 PM
  • Creating Valid Scientific Experiences Through A Symbiotic Citizen Science Program: A Climate Observing Network Case Study, eLightning Poster, 7:24–7:27 PM

Friday, December 11 (Public Schedule)

  • Environmental, Socioeconomic, and Climatic Changes in Northern Eurasia II, Poster Session, All Day
  • Long-term Changes of Streamflow and Heat Transport of Two Largest Arctic Rivers of European Russia, Severnaya Dvina and Pechora, Poster, All Day
  • Qualitative Basis for Adaptation of Siberia to Climate Change Impact, Poster, All Day
  • Topobathymetric and Hydraulic Roughness Data Enhancements for National Water Model Coastal Module, Poster, All Day
  • Why (And How) We Should Observe The Dynamic Middle Corona (Invited), Poster, All Day
  • NOAA’s Center for Artificial Intelligence: Experiences, Plans and Status (Invited), Presentation, 10:16–10:20 AM
  • Environmental, Socioeconomic, and Climatic Changes in Northern Eurasia I, Session, 1:30–2:30 PM
  • Looking Forward to 30 Years Since the Disintegration of the USSR: Environmental and Socio-Economic Consequences of Fundamental Institutional Change Amidst Changing Climates (Invited), Presentation, 1:46–1:50 PM 
  • Accessibility Considerations in Climate Communication: Efforts and Lessons Learned from the Fourth National Climate Assessment, eLightning Poster, 7:01–7:04 PM
  • Communicating New Climate Normals: Not So “Normal,” eLightning Poster, 7:13–7:16 PM
  • Tropical Cyclone Fullness as a Bound on Tropical Cyclone Intensification, Presentation, 10:08–10:12 PM

Monday, December 14 (Public Schedule)

  • Climate Extremes: Patterns, Mechanisms, and Attribution IV, Poster Session, All Day
  • Climate Extremes: Patterns, Mechanisms, and Attribution V, Poster Session, All Day
  • Freshwater Variability in the Northern North Atlantic: Does the Hydrological Cycle Play an Important Role?, Poster, All Day
  • Monitoring of Global Sea-Surface Salinity Through Combined Use of Satellite Observations and In Situ Measurements, Poster, All Day
  • Multi-decadal Variability of Gulf Stream and Slope Water, Poster, All Day
  • Producing a Longitude-Dependent Ring Current Index for Geomagnetic Secular Variation Studies, Poster, All Day
  • Revisiting In-Situ Observation Data Workflows from Saildrone Platforms, Poster, All Day
  • Statistical Characteristics of the EMIC Wave Propagation Obtained from Conjugate Observations Between Space and Ground, Poster, All Day
  • Producing a Longitude-dependent Ring Current Index for Geomagnetic Secular Variation Studies, Poster, All Day
  • Uncertainty Quantification for Magnetic Field Maps and Models, Poster, All Day
  • Incorporating Climate Change into Intensity-Duration-Frequency Value for the United States, Presentation, 7:04–7:08 AM
  • Climate Extremes: Patterns, Mechanisms, and Attribution I, Session, 7:00–8:00 AM
  • Climate Extremes: Patterns, Mechanisms, and Attribution II, Session, 8:30–9:30 AM
  • Climate Extremes: Patterns, Mechanisms, and Attribution III, Session, 10:00–11:00 AM
  • Sustaining Weather, Water, and Climate Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic I, Session, 8:30–9:30 AM
  • Impact of North Atlantic Jet Stream on the Seasonality of Hurricane Translation Speed Changes, Presentation, 8:50–8:54 AM
  • Application of Weather, Water, and Climate Products to Track the Spread and/or Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic I, Panel, 10:00–11:00 AM
  • Transforming Earth and Planetary Science Data Visualization: Innovative Techniques, Novel Technologies, and Awesome Applications, eLightning Session, 10:00–11:00 AM
  • Advances in NCEI’s U.S. Hourly Precipitation Dataset for Assessing Extremes in Urban Areas, Presentation, 1:16–1:20 PM

Tuesday, December 15 (Public Schedule)

  • Climatological Seasonal Cycle of Global Ocean Oxygen, Heat and Apparent Oxygen Utilization Content Anomalies in the Surface Mixed Layer, Poster, All Day
  • Confronting Microphysical Uncertainty with BOSS, Poster, All Day
  • Improvement to the NOAA NCEI Global Blended Sea Surface Wind Product, Poster, All Day
  • The Role of Substorm Injections on the Extreme Geo-Effectiveness Observed in the Inner Magnetosphere on the 8 September 2017 Geomagnetic Storm, Poster, All Day
  • Using Quadrature Observations from the STEREO and SOHO Satellites to Identify the Relationship Between Coronal Dimmings and CMEs, Poster, All Day
  • An Assessment of a Gridded Gauge-Based Precipitation Estimates (nClimGrid) with National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Stage IV Radar-Based Precipitation Estimates, Presentation, 10:28–10:32 AM
  • Near-Real-Time/Low-Latency Data for Earth Science and Space Weather Applications I, Session, 7:00–8:00 PM
  • Results of Processing GOLD Data in Near-Real-Time for Thermosphere-Ionosphere Applications, Presentation, 7:04–7:08 PM
  • Near-Real Time/Low-Latency Data for Earth Science and Space Weather Applications II, eLightning Session, 8:30–9:30 PM

Wednesday, December 16 (Public Schedule)

  • Blending BUFR and TAC Marine In Situ Data for ICOADS Near-Real-Time Release 3.0.2, Poster, All Day
  • Core Field Modeling with the Iridium Constellation, Poster, All Day
  • Doppler Measurements of Transition Region Transient Events at 630 Angstroms from the ESIS Sounding Rocket, Poster, All Day
  • Evaluation of Cold-Season Precipitation Estimates Derived from Gridded Daily Satellite Precipitation Products, Poster, All Day
  • Initiative to Explore Uncertainty in Earth’s Energy Imbalance Calculations, Poster, All Day 
  • Modeling Equatorial Magnetic Perturbation Using the 3D Electrodynamo Model: A Case Study in March 2009, Poster, All Day
  • Using an Fe-55 Source for Gain Fluctuation Characterization in Sounding Rockets, Poster, All Day
  • How Does the MJO Affect Extreme Rainfall Around the Tropics?, Presentation, 7:10–7:14 AM 
  • The World Data Service for Oceanography, Reopening its Doors to the World Observing Community, Presentation, 10:20–10:24 AM
  • NOAA Big Data Program—Transforming Access to NOAA Data, Presentation, 2:51–2:54 PM

Thursday, December 17 (Public Schedule)

  • Quality Climate Data for All: How the National Climate Assessment Connects Users to Actionable Climate Information, eLightning Poster, 7:07–7:09 AM
  • Towards a Strategy on Ocean Data and Information Stewardship for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, Presentation, 7:33–7:36 AM
  • Moving Beyond the Standard: A Transdisciplinary Virtual Event for Early-Career Scientists, Session, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • An Honest Conversation About Failure, Session, 11:10 AM–12:10 PM
  • Creating and Sustaining Just, Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive Spaces as an Early Career Researcher, Session, 2:55–3:55 PM