MSD science had a major presence at the Fall 2020 AGU meeting. In spite of the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic, the community hosted a DOE Town Hall, an MSD Union Session, six oral sessions, and five poster sessions (more information on the topics can be found here). The MSD CoP sessions attracted approximately 10% of the total number of submitted abstracts to the entire Global Environmental Change section, making it one of the largest coordinated topical areas overall. Over 30% of the 483 authors of accepted presentations and posters came from countries other than the United States—a respectable showing for our first year even as we hope to improve in the future. Consistent with the MSD’s commitment to advance early career researchers, 38% of presenters were students.
Overall, the 2020 AGU Fall Meeting MSD CoP program sparked many rich discussions and highlighted the value of research focused on exploring the complex, multi-scale co-evolution of natural, engineered, and socioeconomic systems and sectors. Across the sessions, a number of key themes and questions emerged that are relevant to advancing MSD research objectives including how extreme events affect the trajectory and interactions of sectors, the effects of different types of governance institutions on adaptation, and new methods for computationally representing changing perceptions and behaviors in coupled human-natural system models.
Following the 2020 AGU Fall Meeting success, we will again coordinate a number of MSD session proposals for the 2021 AGU Fall Meeting, aimed at bringing together researchers from around the world, present compelling MSD research and accelerate the development of the MSD community. If you wish to contribute to this effort, please follow the instructions to submit a 2021 AGU Fall Meeting MSD session proposals.