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| A Special Message From Scott Burns, President, IAEG
Welcome to IAEG Connector number 17! Many of us are in San Francisco at the IAEG congress, and it is going very, very smoothly! We are in the second day. We have had four great keynote talks! Tomorrow is our field trip day for the whole congress! Weather is super. We have over 850 participants so far! Talks have been superb!
First big news — Prof. Rafig Azzam of Germany has been elected president of IAEG for the next four years! Congratulations to him and many thanks to Ann Williams and Mark Eggers who ran as a presidential team against Rafig. His term starts on Jan. 1, 2019! I have listed the list of new officers below! We will have photos and biographies of each of them over the next two months of the IAEG Connector. The new board meets this Thursday!
Prof. Scott Burns, President, IAEG
Geology Applied to Engineering represents a thorough and up-to-date textbook for courses in Applied PhysicaI Geology, Geology for Engineers and Engineering Geology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. It
contains appropriate information for geologists and engineers who are involved in designing and constructing
engineering structures, as all structures are located either on the Earth or in the Earth, or composed of earth
materials. This textbook also provides the fundamentals of subject material included in the Examination for
Professional Licensure of Geologists, a growing need for geologists who work in the public sector.
a) Rafig Azzam, Germany
a) Faquan Wu, China
a) Jean-Alain Fleurisson, France
Vice President of Africa
a) Tamunoene Kingdom Simeon Abam, Nigeria
Vice President, Asia
a) Tang Huiming, China
Vice President, Australasia
b) Bo-An Jang, Korea
a) Doug Johnson, New Zealand
Vice President, North America
a) D. Jean Hutchinson, Canada
Vice President, South America
a) Norberto Jorge Bejerman, Argentina
Vice President for Europe (we vote for two)
a) Eugene A. Vosnesensky, Russia
b) Vassilis Marinos, Greece
The audience at the opening ceremony.
President Scott Burns presenting the Hans Cloos Medal to Professor Runqiu Huang and his wife.
Chinese National group participants at the Congress on the first day.
This volume addresses the multidisciplinary topic of engineering geology
and the environment, one of the fastest growing, most relevant and applied
ﬁelds of research and study within the geosciences. It covers the
fundamentals of geology and engineering where the two fields overlap and,
in addition, highlights specialized topics that address principles, concepts and
paradigms of the discipline including operational terms, materials, tools,
techniques and methods as well as processes, procedures and implications.
AEG - Coastal Hazards Forum
The Coastal Hazards Technical Working Group of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) is hosting a Coastal Hazards Professional Forum at Dauphin Island Sea Lab and is currently accepting abstracts for presentations at this three-day forum event. One-full day and two additional half-day sessions will be devoted to technical and regulatory policy issues with a half-day field trip around the barrier beach island included and an optional half-day tour of the marine laboratory facilities. Keynote speakers, student poster sessions, exhibitor displays and a banquet will be available to attendees of this First AEG Coastal Hazards Forum held at Dauphin Island Sea Lab campus in Alabama from Jan. 7-10, 2019.
Potential session topics are anticipated to include:
Session 1: Sea Level Rise & Impact on Addressing Coastal Emergencies
The forum will offer the opportunity to discuss current shoreline protection methods, coastal hazard policies, and project planning with increased attention to sea level change resiliency and long term public use regulations in the geologic environment.
Session 2: Wetland Loss - Does It Increase Coastal Hazards?
Session 3: Sediment Transport Modeling & Long-Range Planning
Session 4: Coastal Subsidence & Salt Water Intrusion Issues
Session 5: Coastal Engineering & Storm Damage Reduction
Session 6: Urban Development & Coastal Hazards
Session 7: Developing Sustainable & Resilient Projects
Session 8: What are the Impacts of Regulatory Policies?
Session 9: Reducing Emergency Response Time
Session 10: Intergovernmental Policies
Session 11: Improving Communication & Public Outreach
Abstracts should be submitted here by Thursday, Nov. 1, and limited to 500 words for publication in the program with abstracts. To login, use "aeg" as the username and "coastal2018" for the password. Abstract submissions will be reviewed and selected for presentation at the forum by the Coastal Hazards Technical Working Group. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be provided via email by Saturday, Dec. 1.
Nepal Geological Society
Nepal Geological Society is one of the most dynamic professional organizations in
Nepal and is well-known for its continuing academic and professional activities in national as
well as international level since its establishment. One of the main focuses of this society is to
provide platforms to the national as well as international geoscientists for sharing their
research ﬁndings and establishing international networks for the advancement of research and
development in the ﬁeld of geosciences and engineering. It has more than 800 members out of
which nearly one-third are international scientists.
The Joint Technical Committee of the FedIGS has organized in Hong Kong the 2nd JTC1 workshop on "Triggering and Propagation of Rapid Flow-like Landslides."
The workshop, which is co-organized by the Hong Kong Geotechnical Society, the Geotechnical Division of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, will take place at HKUST Dec. 3-5.
As you know, the JTC1 workshops are intended to deal with advanced scientific topics of interest for the geo-engineering community. A goal of these workshops is also to leave room and enhance the activity of young researchers.
The event will include four keynote lectures delivered by outstanding scientists, the Hutchinson Lecture, a Hungr Oration, eight special lectures presented by young researchers and a bechmarking exercise for landslide runout analysis.
GeoMEast 2018 will provide a showcase for recent developments and advancements in design, construction and safety inspections of transportation infrastructures and offer a forum to discuss and debate future directions for the 21st century. Conference topics cover a broad array of contemporary issues for professionals involved in geosynthetics, geotechnical, geo-environmental, geomechanics, geosciences, geophysics, tunnel, water structures, bridge, pavement, railway and emerging techniques for safety inspections. You will have the opportunity to meet colleagues from all over the world for technical, scientific and commercial discussions.
Abstract submission is now open for the 7th International Conference on Debris Flow Hazards Mitigation. Convened by the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, the conference will be held in Golden, Colorado, June 10-13, 2019. With the beautiful Rocky Mountains covering half the state, Colorado shares the problem of debris-flow hazards with other mountainous areas of the world. Against this backdrop, scientists, engineers and policy makers from around the world will be able to share new research and ideas in the field of debris flows. Field trips will take place both before and after those dates.
The Annual Conference SAGEEP 2019 is in Portland in March 2019 and features a full parallel Geohazards Conference including hazards for manmade structures like dams and levees and also a parallel Shallow Marine and Coastal Geophysics Conference, both of which should be of interest to AEG. AEG participation/contribution would be most welcomed.
It's the rainy season now in Mexico. Between May and September, on most late afternoons, thick clouds roll into Mexico City's mountain-ringed valley. The skies darken and then an amazing downpour ensues.
Despite the rainfall, for five months of the year, many of the metropolitan area's more than 20 million residents don't have enough water to drink.
Not everyone considers mudpots to be as picturesque as some of the other geothermal features in Yellowstone National Park, but they hold a unique beauty.
Curated from the Yellowstone National Park's Flickr page, these photos of bizzare landscapes and muddy pools illustrate the diversity of Yellowstone National Park's geology.
The Weather Channel
On the same day, two deadly and ravaging storms — Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut — made devastating landfall half a world apart, but are leaving behind destruction in different ways. For Florence, it was by water. For Mangkhut, it was by wind.
Storms forming in the western Pacific tend to hit with much higher winds and the people who live in their path are often poorer and more vulnerable, said Gabriel Vecchi, a Princeton University hurricane and climate scientist.
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Earthquakes pose a profound danger to people and cities worldwide, but with the right hazard-mitigation efforts, from stricter building requirements to careful zoning, the potential for catastrophic collapses of roads and buildings and loss of human lives can be limited.
Australia’s Lake Resources NL and America’s Lilac Solutions recently announced that they had established a partnership with the idea of developing the Kachi Lithium Brine Project in Argentina.
Lake owns the project, which is located in the northwestern Catamarca province, some 100 kilometers south of FMC's Hombre Muerto lithium brine operation.
Natural hazards cause thousands of deaths and inflict tremendous societal damage every year. The database of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction shows that the United States alone experienced 212 disasters between 2005 and 2014, worth $443 billion in damage.
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