American Geophysical Union

The American Geophysical Union ( German: American Geophysical Association ) is a nonprofit organization of geophysicists, consisting of 58,000 members in 135 countries (2010). The activities of the American Geophysical Union ( AGU ) focus on the international organization and dissemination of scientific information in the interdisciplinary field of geophysics.

The objectives of the AGU are:

  • To promote the scientific study of the earth and to disseminate the results,
  • To promote cooperation between scientific organizations in geophysics and related sciences,
  • To initiate geophysical research projects and promote


The AGU 1919 established by the National Research Council and acted for more than 50 years as a non-affiliated subsidiary of the National Academy of Sciences. In 1972, the AGU was registered in the District of Columbia officially AG and open to scientists and students from around the world.


The AGU is the editor of several scientific journals - including the newspaper Eos and eighteen checked by experts research journals, such as the Journal of Geophysical Research and Geophysical Research Letters.


The AGU organized in December an annual meeting in San Franscisco and a joint meeting with other associations such as the Geochemical Society, the Mineralogical Society of America, the Canadian Geophysical Union and of the European Geosciences Union in the spring. In addition to these meetings, which cover all areas of geophysics, AGU also hosts many specialized conferences which are to be specifically tailored to the needs of different sub-disciplines.

Position on climate change

In December 2003, the AGU has published a position paper on climate change. The statement which is:

The paper was designed by Marvin Geller, John Christy and Ellen Druffel.

Awards and Honors

The AGU awards many prizes, such as the William Bowie Medal, the James B. Macelwane Medal, the Waldo E. Smith Medal, the Walter H. Bucher Medal Inge Lehmann Medal or the.