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Media Advisory 3 - Joint Assembly in New Orleans

AAll abstracts and sessions now online; Press conferences planned

American Geophysical Union

Contents of this message

1. Abstracts and sessions now online
2. Press conferences planned
3. News Media registration eligibility information
4. News Media Registration Form


Note: This advisory does not repeat important information in Media Advisories 1 and 2.

Media Advisory 1:
The four sponsoring organizations of Joint Assembly; important visa regulations for non-U.S. journalists covering the meeting. See

Media Advisory 2:
Hotel rooms at special Joint Assembly rates are now available; Press field trip planned. See

Reminder: Since 2003, Joint Assembly has replaced AGU's former "Spring Meeting." The partner organizations are different each year. In 2005, AGU is joined by NABS, SEG, and SPD/AAS See Media Advisory 1 for information about each society.


1. Abstracts and sessions now online

All 460 sessions and 3,151 abstracts for 2005 Joint Assembly have been posted on the AGU web site. A. Searching for Abstracts of Interest to You

The 3,151 Joint Assembly abstracts may be accessed by a search tool:

Reporters and public information officers may search for abstracts of particular interest to them, by looking up any the following parameters on the search tool above:

  • Name of a scientist
  • Name of an institution (e.g., university, government agency)
  • Geographic location (e.g., city, state, province, or country)
  • Topic (e.g., volcano, Gulf of Mexico, tsunami)

Up to three search parameters may be combined (e.g., presentations on solar storms by NASA scientists based at Goddard). Full instructions are available from the search page.

Hint: In searching for abstracts from a particular institution, it is often more effective to search by e-mail address than by the name of the institution. The latter may be written in different ways by various authors (e.g., UCLA; University of California, Los Angeles; Univ. of Cal. at Los Angeles; etc.), but all of their e-mail addresses will presumably include "ucla." The search category "Affiliation" covers both names of institutions and their locations (e.g., look for either University of Colorado or Boulder under Affiliation).

The CD-ROM and printed volume of abstracts for this meeting will be available in early May. They will be sent at that time to Press Room registrants who have requested them, while supplies last. (See Press Registration Form, below.) Copies in both formats will be available in the Press Room, as will the Program Book.

B. Finding Sessions at Joint Assembly

The names, numerical designations, dates, times, and room numbers of all 460 sessions may be seen at:

By clicking on the name of a Section or Society (e.g., Atmospheric Science, North American Benthic Society), all of the relevant sessions will be displayed. Clicking on any of these sessions will open a list of its oral presentations or posters. Clicking on the name of a particular presentation will open its abstract, including name and contact information for the lead author.

Many sessions are jointly sponsored by two or more Sections. Union Sessions usually have the broadest interdisciplinary appeal.


2. Press conferences planned

We are in the early stages of organizing press conferences on some of the newsworthy scientific discoveries to be presented at Joint Assembly. Some of the topics we are looking into are listed here. (All of the sessions on these topics will be held, of course.) Updated press conference information will be provided in subsequent Media Advisories.

  • 26 December 2004 earthquake and tsunami: scientific observations and policy implications
  • Saturn's magnetosphere: is it like Earth's or Jupiter's--or even like it was 25 years ago?
  • What caused 20th century climate variability?
  • The outer limits of the heliosphere: how far does the Sun's influence extend, and how do we know?
  • The impact of streams and rivers on life, climate, and the economy
  • The ecology and management of wetlands
  • Coronal mass ejections, the most powerful drivers of the Sun-Earth system
  • Climate variation in the upper atmosphere and ionosphere
  • Mars Exploration Rovers: first year update
  • Geophysical investigations at archaeological sites, from Mayan temples to D-Day landing beaches
  • Natural gas hydrates: cause and effect of global climate change?
  • The 2007 International Polar Year
  • Spaceborne Precipitation Estimates: Opportunities, Challenges, and Benefits

All press conferences will take place in the Press Briefing Room, Room 326 of the Morial Convention Center.


3. News Media registration eligibility information

News Media registrants receive a badge that provides access to any of the scientific sessions of the meeting, as well as to the Press Room and Briefing Room. No one will be admitted without a valid badge.

Eligibility for press registration is limited to the following persons:

  • Working press employed by bona fide news media: must present a press card, business card, or letter of introduction from an editor of a recognized publication.
  • Freelance science writers: must present a current membership card from NASW, a regional affiliate of NASW, CSWA, ISWA, or SEJ; or evidence of by-lined work pertaining to science intended for the general public and published in 2004 or 2005; or a letter from the editor of a recognized publication assigning you to cover Joint Assembly.
  • Public information officers of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies: must present a business card.

Note: Representatives of publishing houses, for-profit corporations, and the business side of news media must register at the main registration desk at the meeting and pay the appropriate fees, regardless of possession of any of the above documents. They are not accredited as News Media at Joint Assembly.


4. News Media Registration Form

The News Media Registration Form is set up for online submission, but includes a link to a version that can be printed out and faxed or mailed. Go to:

You may also sign up for the planned 22 May News Media field trip on the form.

The last day for advance press registration is 13 May. If you register in advance, your badge will be waiting when you arrive. You may also register onsite in the Press Room, Room 235.


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