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Emma Hill recipient of the Geodesy Section Award from the American Geophysical Union

13 Oct 2016

Contact: Shireen FEDERICO
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The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has announced that Emma Hill of the Earth Observatory of Singapore and the Asian School of the Environment, Nanyang Technological University, was selected for the American Geophysical Union’s 2016 Geodesy Section Award. Each year, AGU’s sections and focus groups recognise outstanding work within their scientific field by hosting nearly 25 named lectures and awarding more than 30 awards and prizes annually. Awardees and lecturers are selected for contributing meritorious work or service toward the advancement and promotion of discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity.

Information on the award can be found at

Emma M. HillEmma's research involves conducting fundamental research into hazards using the collection, analysis and modeling of geodetic data. Much of the current focus of her group is on GPS networks designed to better understand the tectonics of Sumatra (Indonesia), Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and India. They are also using InSAR to study tectonics and sinking cities of the region, and are studying the regional effects of tectonics on sea-level change. She is also passionate about empowering young scientists from Southeast Asia through training in both scientific and communication skills.

“This year’s section and focus group awardees and named lecturers represent some of the brightest scientific minds in Earth and space sciences,” said Margaret Leinen, AGU President. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected and recognised from among their scientific peer groups and I congratulate Emma Hill on this honour and thank her for her contribution to society.”

Section and Focus Group awardees and lecturers will be honoured or invited to present during AGU’s Fall Meeting from 12 – 16 December 2016 in San Francisco. The AGU Fall Meeting is the largest worldwide conference in the Earth and space sciences, attracting more than 24,000 scientists, educators, students, and other leaders. For 49 years, energised and passionate Earth and space scientists from around the world gather at the AGU Fall Meeting to connect with colleagues, broaden their knowledge base, and embrace the joy of science.

About Earth Observatory of Singapore:

The Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) is Singapore’s main hub for conducting research on geohazards, focusing on tectonics, volcanoes, and climate change in and around Southeast Asia. The Observatory is committed to acquiring knowledge of these natural hazards, passing this information on to affected communities by contributing to forecasts of such natural phenomena and helping them adapt to these environmental challenges.

The Earth Observatory of Singapore, an autonomous institute of Nanyang Technological University, is a Research Centre of Excellence located on the campus of the University.

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About AGU:

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Photos by Alfonso Ramirez.