To extend our virtual capacity, AGU was excited to present both plenary sessions as live webcast during the conference. In addition to viewing the plenary sessions, viewers were able to participate online.

Tuesday, 25 June

8:30 – 10:00 A.M.

Preparing for Our Future: The Value of Science

Bart Gordon
Cora Marrett

Faced with a difficult fiscal situation, increased global competition, and a changing environment that impacts public health and safety, investing in science is vital to prepare for a sustainable future. Informed management and policy decisions benefit from sound scientific research. Whether it’s forecasting tornadoes in Oklahoma or sparking innovation through spin-off technologies, investments in research and development are the underpinning to society’s well-being and growth. This opening plenary will feature two experts who will showcase the value of science in policy and our society.

Wednesday, 26 June

8:30 – 10:00 A.M.

Preparing for Our Future: Climate Change

James Balog
Richard Harris

As global temperatures and sea levels continue to rise, the urgency to address a shifting climate – both in the United States and around the world – becomes imperative. Join us for a conversation with AGU Presidential Citation for Science and Society award winners James Balog, founder of the Extreme Ice Survey, and Richard Harris, science correspondent for National Public Radio. They will discuss how a changing climate is already impacting our world, and what is expected in the future. Their conversation will be punctuated by footage of Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey, which documents the extraordinary retreat of glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere with captivating imagery.