Tuesday, December 15, 2015

How to attend AGU Fall Meeting 2015

Sou | 2:46 PM Go to the first of 6 comments. Add a comment
With all that's been happening this past few days, I neglected to write about how to attend the AGU Fall Meeting 2015, when you can't be there in person.

The AGU Fall Meeting 2015 runs from Monday 14 December to Friday 18 December inclusive (USA Pacific Time).  Instructions for access are provided below. The details for the scientific program are:

8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily US Pacific Time
4:00 pm to 2:00 am GMT
3:00 am to 1:00 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (next day)

San Francisco, California, USA.

To register for Virtual Options

Go to this website to register or log in: http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2015/virtual-options/

In the second paragraph under the heading "Register at MyAGU", you'll see a button to "Register".

It seems to be an different process than it was last year. I'm not sure that it's better. The server seems to be the one to decide whether you'll get video or just audio only, which is all rather horrid if you don't pass the server's test :( I've never been denied video before from AGU (or any other website), so their test is far too restrictive IMO. It works sometimes, so if you're having trouble like me, persevere and you may get lucky.

Anyway, I'm still figuring it all out, so if you have tips, please add them in the comments. For example, last year you could access posters, but I haven't figured out where they are this year.

More detail of how to navigate the sessions

Since posting this article, I've explored the AGU15 website more. This year you can select different channels, such as the climate channel, the earth discovery channel, extreme events and hazards channel and more. That's extremely helpful. Here are some images of the pages from which you'll get most of the sessions.

On the top menu, you can select the channels you are interested in:

If you click on that menu, it brings up the channels directory:

Back to the main screen for watching sessions. Click to enlarge and you'll see that you can switch between a full list of the sessions in the channel you've selected, and the on-demand presentations available. If it's the same as other years, most but not all sessions stay up after they've been given. (Some you might only be able to watch live.)  The session below is on the Californian drought, available on the Extreme Events and Hazards channel.

The main AGU Fall Meeting Scientific Program is here so you can plan what you want to attend. Click on "AGU On Demand" then select a day, or scroll through using the arrow on the right of the page.

I might complain, but the AGU Fall Meeting On Demand is a phenomenal achievement, allowing everyone to access many of the presentations and poster sessions, no matter where they live. (I'll just hope I can figure out how to overcome the hurdles and get to see the actual videos, not just the audio.)

PS I'll update this article with more tips, as I uncover them.


  1. I probably won't be posting much this year, because I can't access the video. AGU seems to have blocked video if it figures the bandwidth isn't sufficient. And it's set the threshold low (I can stream video from everywhere else except AGU).

    I could probably get it if I used my wifi connection instead of ADSL, but that would eat up my quota too quickly.

    Apologies for the whine, but I was so looking forward to AGU15. It's really disappointing to not have access.

    If you see sessions that you like, post a link to them in the comments.

    1. I'm now able to get video as well as audio, so if you are having trouble I suggest you persevere.

  2. The Society for Marine Mammalogy is also having its biennial meeting at the same time, a few blocks away. There will be a joint event with the AGU Thursday evening:

    "Marine Mammals at the Poles: Sentinels for Climate Change
    Exploratorium, Pier 15, Fisher Bay Observatory
    Free, RSVP required. Email reserve@exploratorium.edu, or call 415.528.4444 and choose option 5.

    As global temperatures slowly rise, ice caps at the north and south poles are melting. This is bad news for walruses, Weddell seals, and other animals that live on the ice. Whale species that frequent the Arctic Ocean are beginning to change their migration patterns. Join a conversation about how research on marine mammals reveals the effects of climate change on Earth’s ecosystems."

    I'm hoping Watts shows up to set those delusional scientists straight during the questions period ...

    Also, it appears that anyone in SF can go even if they're not registered for the conference (until spaces run out) though I've not tested it, being at the SMM conference.

    1. I'd happily contribute to a crowd-funded action to have Watts officially attend the SMM conference and present a poster on how marine mammals can't be affected by climate change because it's not real.

      The only stipulation would be that he report back verbatim the responses he receives.

    2. maybe if he went to enough conferences and actually listened, then some of it would eventually start to sink in.

  3. I was told no posters this year, which was disappointing.
    I had video, but would have been happier if I could have had the option of selecting audio instead.
    I really hope Richard Alley's public Sunday talk makes it onto YouTube.


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