Sections reflect the scientific breadth of the Union. These groups are responsible for fostering scientific discussion and collaboration among members who affiliate with them.

Sections connect you with other scientists in your research area. Sections offer many opportunities to engage with AGU. Sections play a role in identifying emerging issues, providing member input, and nominating scientists for honors and recognition.

The President and President-elect from each Section serve on the AGU Council.

Atmospheric and Space Electricity

Natural Hazards

Atmospheric Sciences

Near-Surface Geophysics


Nonlinear Geophysics

Cryosphere Sciences

Ocean Sciences

Earth and Planetary Surface Processes

Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology

Earth and Space Science Informatics

Planetary Sciences




Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences

Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism and Electromagnetism

Space Physics and Aeronomy

Global Environmental Change

Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior



Mineral and Rock Physics

Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology