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January 11, 2023

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Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns

Welcome to the 238th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting environmental and engineering geologists around the world!
We have a new year and also a new set of officers for IAEG! We start the newsletter with a special welcome from our new president, Dr. Vassilis Marinos!

The YEG group also announces their 14th webinar on January 26, 2023. Be sure to see all about this set of talks. We still have a photo of Fitz Roy Peak in Patagonia posted below. I love that photo. We had many people ask what is the animal in the foreground. Joao who submitted it told me that it is a fox that is common in the region. Joao will have another photo coming up next week! Thanks to everyone for submitting photos! We also mention a meeting in the United States of our sister society of Geosynthetics which is happening in February, 2023.

We have two important things sent to us from Professor Louis Wong, one of our two co-editors of our bulletin. First, we have links to the articles for the last three months of 2022. Second, Dr. Wong tells us that we set a record for AEG in 2022 for the most articles ever submitted to our bulletin - 2186 (which surpasses the previous record of 1897 in 2021). Congratulations to everyone for your papers!

We also have many news items too! There are two articles about landslides in India and Colombia. Also, two large earthquakes over 7.0 magnitude happened this week in Vanuatu and Indonesia, and also the threat of a large earthquake in Arkansas, USA is also mentioned.

Enjoy!

President's first message
IAEG
Dear members of IAEG, dear colleagues and friends,

I would really like to wish you a happy and safe new year. Ι also trust, with no doubt, that we will be able to meet again in person and internationally collaborate more actively for the future of our profession.

We, the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment Engineering Geology serve the “...science devoted to the investigation, study and solution of the engineering and environmental problems which may arise as the result of the interaction between geology and the works and activities of human-kind as well as to the prediction of and the development of measures for prevention or remediation of geological hazards” (text from IAEG Statutes).
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14th 'e-YEG' Webinar Series
YEG & IAEG
Thursday 26th January 2023, 16:00 UTC (GMT)

YEG & IAEG present the 14th series of "e-YEG" webinars with invited presentations from Walter Amman (Switzerland) - Head of the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Davos and Head of the Natural Hazards’ Division at the WSL in Birmensdorf, Switzerland, & Ms. Malena D'Elia Otero (Brazil). Click here to read more about the speakers.
 Register Now

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 October 2022.
Click here to read November 2022.
Click here to read December 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

IUGS E-Bulletin #191

IAPG - Geoethics

Geosynthetics Magazine

International Geosynthetics Society

Geosynthetics Conference: Register now!
Geosynthetics
Hotel Block Closes Jan 13. Book your hotel at the discounted rate before it expires! From Feb. 5-8 at the Kansas City Convention Center.  Register Now

GEOLOGY NEWS

Joshimath: An Indian town with a serious landslide problem
The Landslide Blog
Joshimath is a town built in a beautiful setting on the side of a mountain in Chamoli District in Uttarakhand in northern India. Located in the same district as the 2021 Chamoli landslide and debris flow, this is an area with many slope stability issues.  Read More

Magnitude 7.2 earthquake strikes near Vanuatu
Reuters
A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck 40 km west of Vanuatu's town of Port-Olry, United States Geological Survey said on Jan. 8. The earthquake was at a depth of 10 km, USGS said. Read More

Indonesia rattled by 7.6 magnitude quake, tsunami warning lifted
Reuters
Indonesia was struck by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake on Jan. 9 off the Tanimbar islands, prompting panicked residents in the area to flee their homes, although a tsunami warning was lifted after three hours and initial reports indicated limited damage. The Tanimbar islands are a group of about 30 islands in eastern Indonesia's Maluku province. Read More

Over 150 families affected by Colombian landslide
Daily Telegraph
Over 150 families were affected by a landslide which occurred in Rosas, Colombia, on January 9, according to Colombian President Gustavo Petro. El Tiempo said the landslide occurred on the Pan-American highway between Popayan and Pasto.  Read More

Arkansas, USA could experience disastrous earthquake in next 50 years
THV11
Recently there's been talk of different "once in a hundred year" events happening around the world— from hurricanes to flooding, and various other natural disasters. While there have been many claims as to why this could be happening, Hilda Booth with the State Department of Emergency Management said that Arkansans may have to be prepared for this type of event sooner than we think. Read More

Around 10% of Europe is prone to flooding: Seismometers could help us prepare better
ZME Science
Normally, seismometers are used to pick up information from earthquakes. But increasingly, researchers are looking at using them for different additional purposes. For flooding, this could be a game changer. Flooding is a problem as old as human society. Wherever there are rivers and valleys and the conditions are right, there will be flooding. Read More

Fresh understanding of ice age frequency
University of Otago via ScienceDaily
A chance find of an unstudied Antarctic sediment core has led University of Otago researchers to flip our understanding of how often ice ages occurred in Antarctica. Lead author Dr Christian Ohneiser, of the Department of Geology, says it turns out they were much more frequent than previously assumed. 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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