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| A Special Message From Scott Burns, President, IAEG
Welcome to our 18th IAEG Connector! The congress is over, and it was spectacular! We had 806 participants from 51 different countries! We had superb keynotes each day, 12 wonderful field trips on Wednesday (see photos below from a couple), a beautiful boat cruise (social event) on the San Francisco Bay at sunset (see the attached photo), 402 great talks and just over 200 poster sessions! We gave awards for the outstanding posters, and I will list those winners next week in the Connector! We voted in new officers, and the list is below. There was abundant energy all week long at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from start to finish!
In the end we had 59% of the participants from the United States and 41% from overseas. I apologize for the U.S. government because they were very restrictive in giving visas. We had 131 members who registered from non-USA countries who were denied visas. I feel bad that they missed the meeting! I am sorry that politics stopped them from coming to the meeting.
Next year, we will be meeting for our annual IAEG Council meeting in Korea, and we will have lots of information on that meeting throughout the year. The following meeting in 2020 will be in Delhi, India, as part of the International Geological Congress (IGC), and our next IAEG congress will be in Chengdu, China, in 2022.
Enjoy the fun photos I have attached. There will be many, many more next week.
Prof. Scott Burns, President, IAEG
Photo of sunset from the dinner cruise on the San Francisco Bay with the Golden Gate Bridge!
The Taipei China Regional Group at the Congress in the hotel lobby with Professor Runqiu Huang, winner of the Hans Cloos Medal, President Scott Burns and President Elect Rafig Azzam.|
The Napa Valley field trip on Wednesday of the Congress. We visited sites of fault rupture during the morning from the Napa earthquake and visited two wineries for terroir tasting in the afternoon.
President Scott Burns and Bill McCormick, leaders of the Saturday field trip to the Sonoma Valley on both sides of the San Andreas Fault at Point Reyes.
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
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.
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.
We are living in a new geological chapter in the planet’s 4.5-billion-year history.
For a certain corner of the world, this was big news. You have probably heard of the Jurassic period (when dinosaurs ruled the Earth) or the Cambrian explosion (when complex animal life arose).
A bridge in a rural area of Saskatchewan collapsed just hours after its opening recently, with the cause of the collapse still under investigation. Fortunately no one was injured but local farmers, who would be the bridge's primary users, are temporarily out of luck.
National Science Foundation
After hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the National Science Foundation funded research to investigate the broad impacts of these disasters. A year later, some of the researchers funded by awards from the agency's Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate are reporting results produced to date.
In the winter of 2001, Tom Frantz and a friend were cruising in his pick-up truck along a stretch of Highway 33 in Kern County, California. Known as the Petroleum Highway, this particular stretch of the roadway cuts across some of the state's largest oil fields.
On Sept. 19, 2017, an earthquake shook Mexico City with an intensity not felt since the same day 32 years before, when the 1985 magnitude 8.1 Michoacan earthquake killed more than 9,000 people and left more than 100,000 homeless. The September 2017 magnitude 7.1 Puebla earthquake was part of a sequence of seismic events that included a magnitude 8.2 earthquake offshore of Chiapas, Mexico, and a magnitude 6.0 aftershock to that event.
The eruption of Hawaii’s Kīlauea Volcano in May kicked off a summer punctuated by earthquakes, plumes of ash, and flows of lava that destroyed approximately 700 homes on the Big Island. Understandably, in the wake of the eruptive activity, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park — which encompasses Kīlauea — closed its doors to the public.
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