American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco

Eleanor Darlington

Loughborough University, Department of Geography


American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco
In December 2014 I attended the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, thanks to financial support from the Challenger Society. With 23,000 delegates in attendance, this was certainly my first mega-meeting! I presented a poster on my PhD research, which uses sediment plumes to monitor meltwater delivery from a tidewater glacier in Svalbard. Presenting at the AGU meeting provided a platform to explore potential collaborations and post-doctoral opportunities.

It was fantastic to be able to put my work into the wider context of contemporary research, in addition to hearing about research from other discipline, completely irrelevant to my own. The diversity of science presented was astounding! I was also able to volunteer at the Explorer Station run by the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists. This family outreach event attracted hundreds of people from the local area, of all ages. We spoke about research and experiences in the field. The younger visitors made Play-Doh animals to place on the Arctic and Antarctic maps.


Eleanor is nearing PhD completion at Loughborough University. Her research focuses on ice-ocean interactions of tidewater glaciers in Svalbard, using both remote sensing and in-situ measurements. In addition, she has been actively involved with education and outreach through the UK Polar Network and the International Polar Foundation.  

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