The AGU fall meeting is the largest geosciences conference in the world and you can see/feel from the first day: more than 3200 posters at the same time, somebody to regulate street crossing lights between Moscone Center buildings and signs everywhere.
The morning was pretty quiet as not everybody is arrived yet and not all the posters are displayed. Nice opportunity to discuss a bit more in depth with the early birds such as Jeff Crompton from Simon Fraser University about his work on the relationship between surge-type glaciers and the size of glacial sediment grain. Pretty cool stuff!
For my first presentation session I went to the second session on ocean-ice interactions specifically to listen to Anders Bjork on how he used historical aerial images to measure mass balance of Greenland Outlet glaciers. Very impressive!
Then a quick lunch with Jeff and Flavien Beaud (SFU too) before heading for my own poster session. During this 2-3 hours, I talked to a lot of interesting people including David Rounce, Matthias Huss and Jakob Steiner.
After a quick run across the street, I attended the presentation session on bed processes with an excellent talk (as usual) by Gwenn Flowers (SFU) about Jeff work.
And that was it for the day: time to crawl back to the hotel on my sore feet.
After 26 hours of travel for only 8 hours of jet lag, I’m finally in San Francisco for the AGU 2015. I arrived 3 days in advance to have a quick visit as it’s my first time in San Francisco and in fact in the USA to visit.
Obviously with such a travel, my visit hasn’t been the most efficient possible but I have done the biggest touristy places: Embarcardero and the wharfs, a bit of the city center and the Golden Gate bridge…
And what about Alcatraz??? In fact, it was the plan today but with the heavy rain of this morning and the rain showers of this afternoon, I skipped it and decided to postpone the famous jail to next Sunday just before leaving for Canada.
Being in a city with some sun is a great and good change from Wales. I like San Francisco already even if I think that the reputation of the city (ecology, hippies, cool, so on) is a bit over the top: yes they seem to have more public transport and bicycle lanes than other big cities but it doesn’t reach the level of some European cities (Amsterdam and Scandinavian cities for example). So I understand a bit better the crazy South Park episode about San Francisco 😛
Anyway to give credit where credit is due, I succeeded to go to Golden Gate bridge from China Town on foot without any trouble: it’s a 8km (5mi)!
I’m now impatient for the conference to start as my legs and feet are a bit sore from the 22km total walk of yesterday 😛
Stay tuned for more stories about the AGU 2015!