Media Advisory 4 - AGU Spring Meeting Press Conference Schedule

May 20, 2002

Note: This message does not repeat important information contained in previous advisories. You may read Media Advisory 3 at ************
1. Press Conference Schedule
2. Can't Come? Participate by Phone
3. Attention PIOs: Sending Press Releases to the Press Room
4. Who's Coming
5. Press Registration Eligibility (repeated from Media Advisories 1-3)
6. Press Registration Form (repeated from Media Advisories 1-3)

1. Press Conference Schedule

Following is the schedule of press conferences planned for Spring Meeting, with the fullest information available as of this date. As always, the schedule is subject to change: press conferences may be added or dropped, their days and times may change, panelists may be added or dropped, and the content may be modified from what is stated here. Any changes from this schedule will be announced in the Press Room at the meeting.

For information on participating in Spring Meeting press conferences by phone, see section 2 of this message, below.

Day: Tuesday, May 28
Time: 8:00 A.M.
Subject: Overview of 2002 Spring Meeting
Description: With so much going on at the meeting, including special oral and poster sessions, tutorials, named lectures, and exhibits, in addition to press conferences, it can be difficult for reporters to plan their itineraries. Here, the chair of the meeting's program committee will highlight presentations and events of more than usual interest. Join us for breakfast in the Press Room at 7:30 A.M., followed by this Overview briefing, and get Spring Meeting off to a productive start.
Scott King, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana; chair, Spring Meeting Program Committee.
Relates to Sessions: Many

Day: Tuesday, May 28
Time: 9:00 A.M.
Subject: Geophysics vs. Terrorism
Description: The scientific community remains a largely untapped resource for detecting the signatures of terrorist activity. Researchers operate networks of sensors, and if terrorist activity is detectable, it is quite likely that the evidence will first appear on a data collection system operated for other purposes. Scientists are therefore strongly positioned to serve as the technological equivalent of a neighborhood watch. This press conference will present examples of data collected for scientific purposes that have helped resolve national security questions, and will explore programs and issues that might offer opportunities for future involvement.
Gregory E. van der Vink, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Consortium, Washington, D.C.;
Terry C. Wallace, Southern Arizona Seismic Observatory, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona;
John F. Shroder, Department of Geography and Geology, University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska.
Relates to Session: U22A

Day: Tuesday, May 28
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Subject: Fires, Scars, and Smoke: Observations, Impacts, and Policies
Description: The increasing amount and intensity of fires around the world is providing rich information through numerous observational programs. New findings and results of interest both to scientists and the general public will be presented. Among these are: plumes from Southern Africa fires pollute the "pristine" air both in the Southern Hemisphere and the Northern Pacific (a global aerosol movie will be shown); new evidence of the impact of smoke from tropical fires on regional rain formation, convective activity, and lightning frequency; quantification of Russian forest fires as an important carbon emission source; and the first long-term fire history across North America, derived from AVHRR satellite archives, which led to new discoveries concerning smoke transportation around the world and into the stratosphere.
Zhanqing Li, Professor of Meteorology, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland;
Yoram J. Kaufman, Senior Scientist, Climate and Radiation Branch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland;
Meinrat O. Andreae, Director, Biogeochemistry Department, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany;
Douglas J. McRae, Senior Scientist, Canadian Forest Service, Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada.
Relates to Sessions A21B, A22E, A31D

Day: Tuesday, May 28
Time: 11:00 A.M.
Subject: Midlatitude Stratospheric Ozone Loss: Chemistry and Dynamics
Description: Ozone in the midlatitude lower stratosphere is still disappearing. For a number of years, it was assumed that this process was entirely due to man-made chemical reactions. Recent research indicates, however, that part of the trend may be explained by changes in atmospheric motion, possibly linked to climate change. For example, during the late 1980s and most of the 1990s, more air has been transported from the subtropics (where ozone concentrations are naturally low) into the northern mid-latitudes. A strong correlation exists between this enhanced transport and the positive phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation. Some of the air transported from the subtropics mixes with its surroundings, thereby remaining in midlatitudes permanently and having a cumulative effect on total ozone levels. The panel will also discuss recent findings on the chemical aspect of midlatitude ozone loss.
Stephen J. Reid, Researcher, NOAA Aeronomy Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado;
Neil Harris, Head, European Ozone Research Coordinating Unit, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom;
Darin W. Toohey, Associate Professor, Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.
Relates to Session A22D

Day: Tuesday, May 28
Time: 12:00 noon
Subject: Farewell to Io: Revelations from Galileo's Last Looks
Description: Galileo's long-duration tour has greatly shaped our view of how Jupiter's moon, Io, works. The final data from the spacecraft provide both details and questions to the broad new understanding gained from the entire Galileo mission. Except at the volcano Pele, the types of giant plumes seen by Voyager were mysteriously absent for most of the Galileo era, until four of them erupted in the north polar region during the final 13 months of observations. The relationship between volcanism and mountain-building has been a puzzle on Io. One new high-resolution mosaic gives a look at interactions between a high mountain and an adjacent volcanic crater. New infrared mapping adds information about diverse hot spots and about the composition and particle size of surface materials, including an unidentified bright material.
Torrence V. Johnson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California;
Alfred McEwen, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona;
Elizabeth P. Turtle, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona;
Rosaly Lopes, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.
Relates to Sessions P21B, P22A

Day: Tuesday, May 28
Time: 3:00 P.M.
Subject: Lake Vostok: An Ancient System?
Description: This will be the first major public presentation of an integrated view of Lake Vostok, located some 4 kilometers [2 miles] below Antarctica's glacial ice. An interdisciplinary and international group of scientists will present the latest information on what is known about subglacial lakes, providing important background information needed to plan probes that will for the first time take samples of Vostok's water. The safe exploration of Lake Vostok is also seen as a prelude to the eventual exploration of the presumed ice-covered ocean on Jupiter's moon, Europa.
J. C. Priscu, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana;
Robin E. Bell, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory ,Columbia University, Palisades, New York;
Jean Robert Petit, LGGE/CNRS, St. Martin D'Heres, France;
Sergei Bulat, Division of Molecular and Radiation Biophysics, Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, Gatchina, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.
Relates to Sessions B21A, B22A

Day: Wednesday, May 29
Time: 9:00 A.M.
Subject: Sustainability of Fresh Water, Fossil Fuels, Minerals, and Other Earth Resources: How Much, How Deep, How Expensive, How Certain?
Description: Sustainability is a concept that can be difficult for the earth scientist, whose perspective is quite different from that of the life scientist. Traditional views of sustainability suggest that the current generation of humans leaves a legacy of continuing resources for future generations. In the area of non-renewable resources, and to some extent in renewable resource areas as well, this poses a dilemma. Panelists will discuss sustainability in an earth science context, covering such topics as new methodology for estimating resources, the role of substitution in sustainability, future drivers such as climate change and population growth that will affect the long-term availability of renewable and non-renewable resources, and the increasing role of conservation and efficiency.
Gary Ernst, Professor, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California;
Thomas Ahlbrandt, Chief, World Energy Project, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado;
David Helvarg, Author, Commentator, and Investigative Journalist, Los Angeles, California.
Relates to Session U32A

Day: Wednesday, May 29
Time: 11:00 A.M.
Subject: LIDAR Imaging From Air and Space: A New Tool to Study Earth
Description: Much as radar imaging and other remote sensing optical imaging techniques provide us with pictures of the surfaces of the Earth and other bodies of the Solar System, Laser imaging (LIDAR, Light Detection and Range) instruments are now able to provide incredibly detailed three-dimensional images of those surfaces, even through vegetation. This opens completely new possibilities for studies of Earth's surface features, surface change processes, and natural hazards. Radar imaging, optical imaging, and LIDAR imaging are complementary techniques that take advantage of a much broader portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Jean-Bernard Minster, Director, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California System, and Professor of Geophysics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California;
Waleed Abdalati, Manager, Cryospheric Sciences Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.;
Kenneth Watkins Hudnut, Geophysicist, United States Geological Survey, and Geologic Division, Western Region Earthquake Hazards Team, Pasadena, California;
David Harding, Staff Scientist, Geodynamics Branch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland;
Greg Neumann, MIT Research Scientist, and Geophysicist, Space Geodesy Branch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland.
Relates to Sessions G31A, G32A

Day: Wednesday, May 29
Time: 1:00 P.M.
Subject: Live From the Galapagos Rift Seafloor
Description: Twenty-five years ago, scientists dove to the seafloor off of the Galapagos Islands and discovered an entirely new ecosystem: hydrothermal vents spewing hot, mineral-rich water from the Earth's crust. They found an environment teeming with tubeworms, clams, and other life in a place no one thought life could exist. This week, scientists are returning to the Galapagos Rift to search for new vent sites and to see how the region has changed over the past two decades. During this hour, researchers will give a live report from aboard the R/V Atlantis on early results from this cruise, and they will provide a real-time link to the Alvin submersible as it explores the sea floor.
In the Briefing Room
Fred Grassle, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey;
James Yoder, Director, Division of Ocean Sciences, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia.
Aboard R/V Atlantis
Timothy Shank, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts;
Stephen Hammond, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Seattle, Washington;
Susan Humphris, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts;
Daniel Fornari, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
Relates to Sessions OS32B, V21A, V22A

Day: Wednesday, May 29
Time: 2:00 P.M.
Subject: Identifying Conflict Diamonds
Description: Diamonds represent the ultimate extreme material. They are the hardest known solids; they are among the oldest minerals, with many specimens 3 billion years in age or more; they originate at great depths within the Earth, in some instances as deep as 670 kilometers [415 miles]. And, of course, diamonds can be extremely valuable, accounting for their use by insurgents seeking to finance wars in several African countries. Scientists agree that no cheap and reliable means currently exists for determining the geographic origin of gem-quality diamonds. In this session, mineralogists will address the relative merits of proposed methodologies for differentiating
diamonds by origin and locality.
James E. Shigley, Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad, California;
Stephen E. Haggerty, Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts;
Jeffrey Harris, Division of Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Relates to Session V31A

Day: Wednesday, May 29
Time: 4:00 P.M.
Subject: What Happened During the Late Maunder Minimum Climate Anomaly?
Description: The reason you see 17th century paintings of people skating on northern European lakes and canals, but you can rarely do so nowadays is the Late Maunder Minimum, the period when pre-industrial climatic changes appear to have been most dramatic. The session examines the relative roles of the two most important natural events, solar output and explosive volcanism, in explaining the observed changes at that time. This investigation has important implications for the relative roles of natural variability and human influence in explaining the observed climate trends of the 20th century.
Hans von Storch, Institute for Coastal Research GKSS Research Center, Geesthacht, Germany;
Michael E. Mann, Department of Environmental Sciences University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia;
Ulrich Cubasch, Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany;
Drew T. Shindell, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University, New York, New York;
Thomas J. Crowley, Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
Relates to Session GC41B

Day: Thursday, May 30
Time: 9:00 A.M.
Subject: Innovations in Earth and Space Science Education
Description: How do educators combat increasing student indifference to science education? Immerse them in science! Excitement proceeds from experience, and innovative approaches are nudging students into the environment of discovery. In planetariums, new digital production technology surrounds the student with the closest experience possible to being an astronaut in space or standing on the deck of the doomed Titanic. Classrooms are no longer lecture halls, but venues for experimentation, deductive reasoning, and debate about results, with no obvious rights or wrongs - the true nature of science! Panelists will describe and demonstrate strategies that have enthused the skeptical.
Patricia H. Reiff, Space Science Institute, Rice University, Houston, Texas;
Ramon E. Lopez, Department of Physics, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas;
Timothy F. Slater, Department of Astronomy, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
Relates to Session ED31A

Day: Thursday, May 30
Time: 2:00 P.M.
Subject: Recent Climate Trends and Interactions
Description: There was much regional variability of the climate in 2001, including extreme cold, flooding, drought, storminess, and heat. Mean global temperature for the year was 0.51C [0.92F] above the long-term (1880-2000) average, continuing the recent warming trend and resulting in the second warmest year on record. Independent evidence of glacial melting in the high mountains of the far western Pacific also indicates warming in the lower atmosphere in this key region. Climate models indicate that 20th century climate trends and variability can be well simulated by incorporating key natural forcing mechanisms as well as manmade greenhouse gases. Patterns of modeled climate change, induced by a variety of forcing mechanisms, will be compared to temperature data spanning the last 50 years, and this study indicates that warming may be more pronounced in the next 20 years than for the past 20 years.
Anne M. Waple, Research Scientist, NOAA National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, North Carolina;
Anthony J. Broccoli, Research Meteorologist, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey;
Robert M. Mackay, Chair, Physics Department, Clark College, Vancouver, Washington;
Michael L. Prentice, Research Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire.
Relates to Sessions A52D

Day: Thursday, May 30
Time: 4:00 P.M.
Subject: Mars Sample Return: Issues and Plans
Description: Tantalized by results from the analysis of Martian meteorites already on Earth and by the data from previous and current Mars missions, researchers consider a sample return mission from Mars to be a high-priority objective. Such a mission must be conducted with knowledge of the real, if faint, prospect that Martian lifeforms could be contained in a Mars sample. This press conference will detail the role of recently discovered Martian meteorites in shaping future missions and the selection of potential landing sites for sample return, and will unveil NASA's planned protocol for handling and testing samples from Mars. It is based in part on the recommendations of the National Research Council report on The Quarantine and Certification of Martian Samples, which was introduced at a press conference at 2001 Spring Meeting. This will be the first opportunity to discuss a sample return mission in view of the recent results from the Mars Odyssey mission and in the context of plans for the international Mars program.
Meenakshi Wadhwa, Department of Geology, The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois;
Jack D. Farmer, Department of Geological Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona;
John D. Rummel, Office of Space Science, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.;
Michael A. Meyer, Office of Space Science, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.;
James B. Garvin, Office of Space Science, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
Relates to Session P51A

Day: Friday, May 31
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Subject: Satellites Search for Early Warning Signals of Earthquakes
Description: Scientists are examining data from currently operating satellites to better assess the probabilities of detecting large earthquakes before they occur. Satellites are already being used to search for telltale infrared emissions, electric and magnetic signals, and for changes in the ionosphere that may occur days before large earthquakes. Panelists will explain how new science and new technology can help find these earthquake signals.
Friedmann Freund, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, and NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California;
Michael Purucker, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland;
Murzy Jhabvala, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland;
Ditmar P. Ouzounov, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland.
Relates to Session T22B

2. Can't Come? Participate by Phone

Following on the successful experiment at the Ocean Sciences Meeting,, reporters who cannot attend Spring Meeting in person will be able to participate in press conferences by telephone conference call. To participate by phone in any of the press conferences listed above, call this toll-free number from the United States: 800-752-1375.

From all other countries, call: +1-213-683-8900. The caller pays for international calls.

You will be asked for the name of the host or moderator of the call. For all press conferences, it is: Harvey Leifert.

You will then be asked for the reference number of the call, which is different for each press conference (see below).

You will be asked for your name, publication, telephone number, and email address.

Note: All times are Eastern Daylight Time. For UCT, add four hours (e.g., 9:00 A.M. EDT = 1300 UCT).

Day Time Topic Reference No.
Tuesday, May 28 9:00 A.M. Geophysics vs. Terrorism #05150092
Tuesday, May 28 10:00 A.M. Fires, Scars, and Smoke #05150093
Tuesday, May 28 11:00 A.M. Stratospheric Ozone Loss #05150094
Tuesday, May 28 12:00 noon Farewell to Io #05150095
Tuesday, May 28 3:00 P.M. Lake Vostok #05150097
Wednesday, May 29 9:00 A.M. Sustainability of Resources #05150098
Wednesday, May 29 11:00 A.M LIDAR Imaging #05150100
Wednesday, May 29 1:00 P.M. Live From the Galapagos #05150101
Wednesday, May 29 2:00 P.M. Identifying Conflict Diamonds #05150102
Wednesday, May 29 4:00 P.M. Late Maunder Minimum #05150103
Thursday, May 30 9:00 A.M. Innovations in Science Education #05150104
Thursday, May 30 2:00 P.M. Recent Climate Trends #05150105
Thursday, May 30 4:00 P.M. Mars Sample Return #05150106
Friday, May 31 10:00 A.M. Satellites and Earthquakes #05160089

During the opening presentations at press conferences, you will be able to listen only. Then, during the question period, you may participate by pressing *1 on your phone. The conference call operator will put you in a queue and advise us in Washington that a phone question is pending.

3. Attention PIOs: Sending Press Releases to the Press Room

Public Information Officers are invited to send press releases relevant to oral or poster presentations at Spring Meeting. Please address them to:

Harvey Leifert (Hold for May 27 arrival)
Washington Renaissance Hotel
999 Ninth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-9000

(Phone: 202-898-9000)

Shipments should be timed to arrive on or before May 24, in order to assure placement of press releases in the Press Room for the start of the meeting.

4. Who's Coming

Following is the list of press registrants as of the date of this message. If you believe you have registered, but your name is not listed here, please resubmit the form below.

Tim Appenzeller, U.S. News & World Report
Kelly Beatty, Sky & Telescope
Steve Benka, Physics Today
Charles Blue, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Clare Bowers, Environment Magazine
Robert Boyd, Knight Ridder
Kathryn Brown, Freelance
Geoff Brumfiel, Nature
Michael Buckley, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
Michael Carlowicz, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Kandice Carter, Science Update
Robert Cowen, Christian Science Monitor
Ron Cowen, Science News
Charles Day, Physics Today
Dinshaw Dadachanji, The World & I
Greta De Keyser, VRT - Belgian Public Broadcasting
Barry DiGregorio, SpaceDaily (Australia)
Britt Erickson, Environmental Science and Technology
Richard Fitzgerald, Physics Today
Maggie Fox, Reuters
Antonieta Garcia, Gemini Observatory - Chile
Jana Goldman, NOAA Public Affairs
Lauren Gravitz, Discover Magazine
Katie Greene, Science
Paul Guinnessy, Physics Today
Rob Gutro, NASA Earth Science News Team
Brooks Hanson, Science
Janice Harvey, Gemini Observatory - Hawaii
Steele Hill, NASA SOHO Mission
A.J. Hostetler, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Robert Lee Hotz, Los Angeles Times
Amber Jones, National Science Foundation
Richard Kerr, Science
David Kestenbaum, National Public Radio
Jennie Kopelson, Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education
Arthur Landwehr, German Public Radio (ARD/SWR)
Heike Langenberg, Nature
Emilie Lorditch, Discoveries and Breakthroughs
Peter Macinnis, ABC Radio (Australia)
Stephen Maran, American Astronomical Society
Barbara McConnell, National Geographic Magazine
Usha Lee McFarling, Los Angeles Times
Richard Monastersky, Chronicle of Higher Education
Madeleine Nash, Time
Jeff Nesmith, Cox Newspapers
Diane Noserale, U.S. Geological Survey
Tora Omuta, Asahi Shimbun
Robin Palmer, National Geographic Magazine
Sid Perkins, Science News
Lisa Pinsker, Geotimes
Krishna Ramanujan, NASA Earth Science News Team
Christy Reed, Geotimes
Rory Richards, Inside Science News Service
Barb Richman, Environment Magazine
Linda Rowan, Science
Frank Roylance, Baltimore Sun
Eugenie Samuel, New Scientist
Phil Schewe, Physics News Update
Randolph Schmid, Associated Press
Ben Sherman, National Sea Grant College Program
Randy Showstack, Eos
Bill Steigerwald, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Diane Tennant, Virginian-Pilot
Allison Torres, Environment Magazine
Anthony Tweed, Physics Today
Michael Vatalaro, Freelance
Dan Vergano, USA Today
Peter Vermij, Freelance
Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Kasey White, Joint Oceanographic Institutions
Jack Williams, USA Today
Jim Wilson, Popular Mechanics
Corinna Wu, Science Update
Robert Zimmerman, Freelance

5. Press Registration Eligibility (repeated from Media Advisories 1-3)

Press registrants receive a badge that allows access to any of the scientific sessions of the meeting, as well as to the Press Room, Briefing Room, and other events specifically for media representatives. No one will be admitted without a valid badge. A registration form will be found at the end of this message.

Eligibility for press registration is limited to the following persons:
Working press representing bona fide news media with a press card, business card, or letter of introduction from an editor of the publication.
Freelance science writers, presenting a current membership card from NASW, a regional affiliate of NASW, CSWA, SEJ, or ISWA, or evidence of bylined work pertaining to science intended for the general public and published in 2001 or 2002.
Public information officers of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies.
Note: Representatives of the business side of news media, publishing houses, and of for-profit corporations must register at the main registration desk and pay the appropriate fees.

6. Press Registration Form (repeated from Media Advisories 1-3)

If possible, please use the online submission form at [].

If you prefer to e-mail, fax, or mail the form below, please do not send back this entire media advisory, just the form itself. Send it to:
Harvey Leifert
2000 Florida Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009

Fax: +1 202-328-0566

*** 2002 Spring Meeting Press Registration Form ***

Name (to be printed on badge):

Media or organizational affiliation:

Mailing Address: Telephone:
Email Address:
If freelancer: Check below one basis of your eligibility below and bring relevant proof to meeting.
_____ Member of NASW
_____ Regional affiliate of NASW
_____ CSWA
_____ ISWA
_____ SEJ
_____ Letter from recognized publication assigning you to cover this meeting
_____ Evidence of bylined science story published in 2001 or 2002

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