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Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns

Welcome to the 237th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting environmental and engineering geologists around the world!

Welcome to 2023! We have a new format for our weekly newsletter! The last two issues of the IAEG Connector listed the top 20 downloaded articles from our newsletter for last year! Now, we are back to current news and information!

First, our national group from the Netherlands, Ingeoking, celebrated the incredible career of Robert Hack in December with a special event titled "From Rock to Opera". See the photo and read about it below.

We list upcoming conferences - Minex in April in the country of Kazakhstan and the annual geochronology conference in August in Switzerland.

Please note that the deadline for full length papers for the upcoming congress were due December 31, 2022.

Lots of engineering geology in action has been happening around the world. At the bottom be sure to read about all of the landslides in San Francisco, California, USA and the Urni Landslide in India. Five volcanoes in Alaska (USA) are also rumbling.

Enjoy!

14th International Geochronology Summer School, Deadline
Prof. Dr. Markus Egli
Date: 27-31 August 2023
Location: Morteratsch (Switzerland)
Webinfo: http://www.geo.uzh.ch/en/units/gch/geochronologysummerschool.html

Topics to be covered in lectures, excursions and workshops include dating techniques such as numerical methods (radiocarbon, exposure dating with cosmogenic nuclides, OSL, 137Cs, 210Pb, etc.), dendrochronology, anthracology, archaeomagnetic dating, palaeolimnology, as well as relative methods like soil weathering and Schmidt-hammer technique.
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News from The Netherlands: From Rock to Opera

Ingeokring, the Dutch group of the IAEG celebrated Robert Hack’s rich career in the field of engineering geology during its Autumn symposium “From Rock to Opera”. The symposium, co-organized with Delft University of Technology was very well attended. Among the audience, President Vassilis Marinos and President Stratis Karantanellis. Both brainstormed with the Ingeokring members on how to promote education in engineering geology and involve more young people in IAEG and YEG.

Caption of photo: Robert Hack (standing, 5th position from left) and his wife, both rock & opera-lovers, surrounded by the symposium speakers and organizers, IAEG President Vassilis Marinos and YEG President Stratis Karantanellis. Niek Rengers, ex-IAEG president (standing, 5th position from the right) handed over the Professor Price Prize to Robert Hack for his exceptional contribution to engineering geology in the Netherlands and beyond.

Kick off 2023 with unlocking new potentials with MINEX Kazakhstan 2023!
MINEX
We wish you success in the New Year and invite you to the MINEX Kazakhstan Mining and Exploration Forum and Exhibition.

The Forum will take place on 19-20 April 2023 in Astana under the central theme "Managing natural resources to accelerate national development."

MINEX Forum has been held in Kazakhstan since 2010 and is one of the most impactful industry events in the Central Asian region. The previous forum and exhibition gathered more than 900 representatives from 170 mining and service companies, government bodies, manufacturers of equipment for exploration, mining and processing of ores and minerals from 16 countries.
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Prof. Hengxing LAN of China (Chair of Commission 37) represents IAEG at Deep-Time Digital Earth (DDE) forum in Paris, November 9, 2022
IAEG
DDE (Deep-time Digital Earth) was launched in 2019 by IUGS (International Union of Geological Sciences) as it's first "Big Science" initiative. IAEG is a member of IUGS and a founding member of DDS. The aim of DDE is to aggregate global geoscience big data, promote data driven geoscience discoveries, and realize a paradigm revolution in geoscience research and industrial applications. The main achievements of the DDE Big Science Program meeting in Paris, France was to summarize its achievements in the past three years and to have the global launch of the first version of the DDE public infrastructure platform, "Deep-time.org".

Professor Hengxing LAN of China is an IAEG member and chair of Commision 37 of IAEG. He represented IAEG at the meeting and presented a landslide susceptibility map of Africa as part of a large presentation on "Six Maps of Africa". Many thanks from IAEG to Professor LAN for representing us!
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Fitz Roy Peak in Patagonia, Argentina: One of most beautiful places on the planet
Submitted by : Joao Paulo Monticelli, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Description: This large granite intrusion that has been exposed from many years of erosion and more recently by glaciers in the southern Andes of Patagonia is so beautiful! Many thanks to Joao Paulo Monticelli for sharing it with us!

5 IAEG Sponsored Conferences Approved by IAEG Council in September, 2022
IAEG
At the yearly IAEG Council meeting via Zoom in September, the Council approved five national group's proposals for regional meetings over the next three years. They are listed below with dates. Many thanks to the national groups for their proposals:

1) 14th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (November 6-8, 2023)

2) 2nd Latin American Regional Conference of IAEG in Pucon, Chile (November 13-15, 2024)

3) 4th European Regional Conference of IAEG in Dubrovnik, Croatia (October 2-6, 2024)

4) 4th African Regional Conference of IAEG in Botswana (middle of 2024)

5) 15th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG in Dhaka, Bangladesh (November 27-28, 2025)

Stratis Karantanellis is Re-elected as YEG Chair
IAEG
Dear IAEG President and distinguished board members,

I would like to inform you that after the internal elections in the YEG board, I have been re-elected (8 votes from 9, as self voting is not possible) as YEG Chair for the upcoming period with all the YEG members outlining the work that it has been done the last 4 years. YEG will continue working on creative and eventful actions to further enhance engineering geology and its applications around the world following IAEG ethics and rules. In the following days we will send you our proposals and agenda with our prompt actions for the next years. In order to accomplish our objectives and succeed to enlarge our community, we will need your active collaboration as IAEG ExCom. Once again, on behalf of the YEG board, I would like to deeply thank you for your time and consideration.

Kind regards,
Stratis Karantanellis

Save the Date: Next International Symposium on Landslide (ISL2024) and Rock Slope Stability (RSS2024) merged
International Symposium on Landslide
The 14th ISL and RSS 2024 will be held in Chambéry, France, from 8 to 12 July 2024.

The choice of the venue offers an ideal setting for discussing the science and engineering in a relaxed atmosphere around the beautiful Alpine landscapes.

Focusing on the general topic: "Landslides across the scales: from the fundamentals to engineering applications", the event will be placed under the sponsorship of JTC1 (Joint Technical Committee of FedICGS on Natural Slopes and Landslides).
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Full Length Papers for 2023 Congress are due December 31, 2022
IAEG
The XIV Congress of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment will be held in Chengdu Century City New International Convention and Exhibition Center, Chengdu, China on September 21-27, 2023. Based on the theme of "Engineering Geology for a Habitable Earth", the congress is expected to enhance the disciplinary and research development of international engineering geology and the environment, and contribute to the advancement of major projects, ecological progress, and habitable earth with research and discussion in global climate change mitigation and adaption, geological hazard assessment and prevention, geotechnical properties of rock and soil mass, engineering geology applied to traffic, energy, urban and marine, ecological environment protection in major projects, and artificial intelligence, new theories and technologies in engineering geology, etc. We warmly welcome the worldwide engineering geological community to come to Chengdu to participate in this academic event.

It will be highly appreciated if you could recommend IAEG XIV 2023 Congress to your faculty, colleagues and students.

We are calling for full-length papers, and the deadline is December 31, 2022: For the Notification, please refer to https://mcusercontent.com/a9fb57846c769f467423ee6c9/files/d7e88efe-be59-02e3-0ad1-9904b279174a/Notification_IAEG_XIV_CONGRESS_2023_.pdf

New iAEG Bylaws pass the Council meeting
IAEG
After many months of work by a super sub-committee of the executive committee of IAEG, the new updated Bylaws can be found by clicking on the link below. Many thanks to Dr. Jean Hutchinson (Vice President for Canada) who chaired the committee which included Professor Vassilis Marinos (VP for Europe), Norberto Jorge Bejerman (VP for Latin America ), Doug Johnson (VP for Australia/New Zealand), and Scott Burns (Past President).

Read the Bylaws here.

Save the Date for Next Year's Congress!
IAEG
The XIV Congress of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment will be held in Chengdu Century City New International Convention and Exhibition Center, Chengdu, China from September 21 to 27, 2023. Based on the theme of "Engineering Geology for a Habitable Earth", the congress expects to enhance the disciplinary and research development of international engineering geology and the environment, and contributes to the advancement of major projects, ecological progress, and habitable earth with research and discussion in global climate change mitigation and adaption, geological hazard assessment and prevention, geotechnical properties of rock and soil mass, engineering geology applied to traffic, energy, urban and marine, ecological environment protection in major projects, and artificial intelligence, new theories and technologies in engineering geology, etc. We warmly welcome the worldwide engineering geological community to come to Chengdu to participate in this academic event. Read More

Annual Report and Video for YEG
YEG
The YEG (Young Engineering Geologists) group of IAEG has been very active this past year. Dr. Stratis Karantenellis has been the main leader, but because he has moved from Greece to the University of Michigan in the United States, he has handed off some of the duties to a wonderful group of new leaders. Below are links to the annual report and also a link to a video they have produced! Enjoy!

Link to video here.

Link to report here.

List of Articles in the Bulletin of Engineering Geology for the past five months
IAEG
Click here to read August 2022.
Click here to read September 2022.
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IAEG Secretary General message
IAEG
Dear colleagues, We would like to catch your attention to submit proposals of hosting IAEG international events including 15th IAEG Congress in 2026, regional conferences of different continents (like Asian Regional Conference, European Regional Conference, African Regional Conference,Latin American Regional Conference etc.). If you have the plan to host such an IAEG international event, please prepare a proposal which is going to be presented to the Council for approval at the council meeting held on September 14th this year.

Please contact me if you would like to apply for any IAEG International Events.

Thank you for your attention!

Faquan Wu, Secretary General, IAEG

Electronic newsletter number 3 for 2022 from IAEG
IAEG
Four times a year, the home office of IAEG puts out a comprehensive newsletter for IAEG. Click on the link below to get this latest edition. Read More

Forming a national group
IAEG
The organisation of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment is generally conducted through National Groups although individual membership is also permitted. Associate membership is encouraged and wherever possible associate members will form part of a National Group. Groups of engineering geologists wishing to form a National Group should contact the Secretary General who will assist them in preparing their application for consideration by the Executive Committee and Council. Read More

Submit a photo of engineering geology in action to the IAEG Connector
IAEG
The executive committee of IAEG at our recent meeting in Athens suggested we need to have a good photo at the beginning of every IAEG Connector about engineering geology. We have to be careful about publishing photos because of copyright laws. So, we are asking our members to submit photos that they will allow us to use in our newsletter. The photos will show the diversity of what we do! They can be photos of something geological or engineering geologists working on some project. The photographer will get credit for the photo in the newsletter.

If you would like to submit a photo for us to review, send it to Scott Burns, Editor at burnss@pdx.edu.

3rd JTC1 Workshop on Impact of global changes on landslide risk
NGI
The Joint Technical Committee on Natural Slopes and Landslides (JTC1) of FedICGS is delighted to invite you to join us at the 3rd JTC1 Workshop on Impact of global changes on landslide risk, to be held in Oslo, Norway, on 7-10 June 2023. Anthropogenic impacts and related climate change are unquestionably changing the landslide risk and impacting how we assess and manage the risk(s). The aim of the workshop is to promote discussion between scientists and engineers on whether we are capable of predicting and quantifying the expected changes in landslide risk and how we could implement the knowledge gained from academic research on landslide risk management into practice. Read More

7 Spectacular Speakers at 4th GeoAfrica
IGS
Seven eminent speakers – including JP Giroud – are set to make keynote addresses at the 4th African Regional Conference on Geosynthetics (4th GeoAfrica). IGS Egypt is looking forward to welcoming delegates to the event on February 20-23, 2023, at the Cairo Marriott Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. Read More

LINKS TO NEWSLETTERS OF OUR SISTER SOCIETIES

'Sister Society' Newsletter Links

IGS (Geosynthetics)

ISSMGE (ISSMGE News & Information Circular)

IUGS E-Bulletin #189

IAPG - Geoethics

Geosynthetics Magazine

International Geosynthetics Society

GEOLOGY NEWS

San Francisco, California sees mudslides, flooded homes
KTVU
Water was seen cascading down a staircase inside a house in San Francisco’s Bayview District. Major flooding on Le Conte Avenue damaged several homes. They were red-tagged, leaving residents without a place to stay on New Year’s Eve. Read More

The Urni landslide: A recurring slope failure in India
The Landslide Blog
On Monday 19 December 2022 a significant slope failure occurred at the Urni Landslide in Kinnar, Himachal Pradesh in northern India. This event was notable for the fact that it was caught on camera by users of National Highway 5, which passes close to the landslide site.  Read More

Are volcanoes impacted by climate change? Or is it the other way around?
Phys.org
The eruption of Mauna Loa for the first time in 40 years on the Big Island of Hawaii follows a summer and fall that saw record-high temperatures around the world. Is there a connection between climate change and volcanic eruptions? While a study of Iceland proposes a possible link, scientists at Northeastern University say the effect of volcanic activity on global warming is minimal. Read More

Physics of disaster: How mudslides move
Phys.org
In early December 2017, the Thomas Fire ravaged nearly 300,000 acres of Southern California. The intense heat of the flames not only killed trees and vegetation on the hillsides above Montecito, it vaporized their roots as well. Read More

Acceleration of a large deep-seated tropical landslide due to urbanization feedbacks
Nature Geoscience via Nature
The movement of large, slow-moving, deep-seated landslides is regulated principally by changes in pore-water pressure in the slope. In urban areas, drastic reorganization of the surface and subsurface hydrology—for example, associated with roads, housings or storm drainage—may alter the subsurface hydrology and ultimately the slope stability. Read More

The world's oldest DNA represents a 2-million-year-old ecosystem
Natural History Museum
A window has been opened into a unique ecosystem that once existed in northern Greenland. Sediment samples taken from the geological formation Kap København contained minute DNA fragments, dating back two million years into the Pliocene. Researchers sequenced them to identify the animals and plants that once inhabited the area. Read More

5 Aleutian volcanoes show signs of unrest, Alaska
Alaska Public Media
Four Aleutian volcanoes have been under elevated alert levels for about a year — and now they’re joined by a fifth. The new one is the ice-filled caldera of Takawangha, which rises 4,753 feet out of the Bering Sea in the far western Aleutians. Read More

Science Headlines
IAEG
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS


IAEG Events
IAEG Congress
September 2023
Chengdu, China
14th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG
November 6-8, 2023
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
2nd Latin American Regional Conference of IAEG
November 13-15, 2024
Pucon, Chile
Pucon, Chile
October 2-6, 2024
Dubrovnik, Croatia
4th African Regional Conference of IAEG
Middle of 2024
Botswana
15th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG
15th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG
Dhaka, Bangladesh

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