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|Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns and Rafig Azzam, IAEG
Welcome to our 65th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world!
|Prof. Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
One of our important sister organizations is IAPG (International Association of Geoethics), and their latest newsletter can be downloaded here.
You can also download our 50-page IAEG Newsletter – lots of information and photos of IAEG events around the world – more than we can put in the IAEG Connector.
I have also downloaded an easy way to submit an abstract to the IGC meeting in New Delhi, India, next year. Also, we have a call for papers related to remote sensing of landslides.
News items are abundant about landslides and floods this week: 51 are dead in China in the Pingdi Landslide, 59 dead in Mayanmar from a landslide and floods in India killed 30.
Enjoy the issue!
Scott Burns, now Past President, IAEG, and editor, IAEG Connector, and Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
The YEG (Young Engineering Geologists) will be having an ice breaker at the ARC 12 meeting on Jeju Island in Korea. During the conference, the YEG social event will be supported by Korean National group of IAEG.
The ice-breaking reception will be held at the conference room of the venue hotel Sept. 24 afternoon.
Then unofficial social event with Korean food will be followed after the reception.
This event is opened to all young engineering geologists and professional.
The details will be announced soon.
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As you will notice, we have a new design and user-friendly search functions. We have three social media accounts, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram, to post photos on the web (and short films) in the Photo Gallery of our website. We also have direct connection with IAEG Connector and Frontiers in Earth Science.
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The issue #2 - 2019 of the Newsletter of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics was released Aug. 6, 2019.
The IAPGeoethics Newsletter #2 - 2019 is also available here.
- Geoethics at the 36th IGC (call for abstracts)
- International Congress "Geoethics & Groundwater Management" (call for abstracts)
- VIDEO: Geoethics and responsible use of geo-resources
- VIDEO: Geoethical issues in prediction and prevention of potentially catastrophic natural events
- Geoethics Medal 2019: Linda Gundersen awarded in the 2019 edition
- SpringerBriefs in Geoethics: A new IAPG editorial initiative
- New coordinators of IAPG national sections
- IAPG and IAG signed a MoU in Vienna
- IAPG and BDG signed a MoA
- BOOK: Exploring Geoethics
- BOOK: Tailings Dam Management for the Twenty-First Century
- International Geoethics Day 2019
The 36th International Geological Congress will be held in Delhi, India between March 3 and 8, 2020. With 43 Themes and over 200 planned sessions, as well as pre and post congress field trips, this promises to be an exceptional event.
Abstract deadline is: Oct. 15, 2019. Please note that abstracts will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, as they are received, so we encourage you to consider an early submission.
In addition, there is no abstract submission fee until 15 September, 2019, after which time a fee of USD 20 (or INR equivalent for Indian authors).
Super Early Bird registration is also available until 31st August, 2019.
For more information, and to review the exceptional array of sessions, please see the conference web page at: http://www.36igc.org/index.php.
Please note that there are numerous field trips associated with the Congress – of potential interest to some of you: ER008: Landslide Failure Mechanisms, Hazard and Risk Scenarios in Darjeeling Himalaya.
University of Zurich
Sept. 1-6, 2019
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. See also attached flyer.
List of lecturers:
Holger Gärtner (WSL), Paolo Cherubini (WSL), Markus Egli (Univ. of Zurich), Susan Ivy-Ochs (ETH Zurich/Uni Zurich), Dmitry Tikhomirov (ETH Zurich/Uni Zurich), Dennis Dahms (Univ. Northern Iowa), Irka Hajdas (ETH Zurich), Jérôme Poulenard (University Savoie Mont Blanc), Eileen Eckmeier (LMU University of Munich), Evdokia Tema (Univ. of Torino), Pierre Valla (Univ. of Bern), Nathalie Dubois (EAWAG) and others.
The Summer School is open to young researchers (Ph.D. students and post-docs) worldwide.
Participation is competitive and will be limited to a maximum of 20.
The registration fee (750 CHF) includes accommodation (room sharing required),
half board and lunch, field trips and teaching material.
Click here to register.
The Korean Society of Engineering Geology
Jeju Island, Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Sept. 23-27, 2019
IAEG's tradition is that all the Commissions shall hold their Commission Meeting at the IAEG regional conference or congress. Since the organizer of 12th ARC is doing preparations for the meeting rooms and is setting up the schedule, it's very important for them to know how many Commissions are going to hold the meetings. If you have such plans, please contact Prof. Hyuck-Jin Park. He would be very glad to assist you with all the arrangements of your meetings during the 12th ARC. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visualization — A Powerful Tool or a Potential Problem?
Present your visualization of an engineering geological model at the C25 workshop
being held during the 12th ARC in Jeju Island.
A bottle of fine red Australian wine will be awarded for the best model!
Click here to learn more.
Hotel De Bently, Plot 892, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala Street
Utako District, Abuja, Nigeria
Oct. 27-30, 2019
The theme of the 2nd IAEG African Regional Congress reﬂects on the role of geology in the Sustainable
Development of African Countries. Decades of development without planning and planning without accurate
geoscientific data have scuttled Africa's dream for sustained economic growth. An accurate geologic map is
needed to understand the Earth's resources and hazards. A geologic map provides basic data for understanding
both past and present-day processes affecting not only the Earth but also structures created by humans on or in
Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2019
Novotel Hotel, Yangon
Second International Conference on Applied Earth Sciences in Myanmar and Neighboring Regions
Myanmar Applied Earth Sciences Association
Pre-conference workshops: Nov. 29; Conference: Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Upper Myanmar field trip: Mandalay-Sagaing-Minwun-Mogok, Dec. 2-7
The journal Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292, IF 4.118) is currently running a Special Issue titled "Remote Sensing of Landslides II." Dr. Zhong Lu, of the Southern Methodist University (USA), and Dr. Chaoying Zhao, of the Chang’an University (China), are serving as guest editors for this issue. We think you could make an excellent contribution based on your expertise and your following paper:
Urban Landslides: Challenges for Forensic Engineering Geologists and Engineers. ENGINEERING GEOLOGY FOR SOCIETY AND TERRITORY, VOL 5: URBAN GEOLOGY, SUSTAINABLE PLANNING AND LANDSCAPE EXPLOITATION 2015, 0, 3-9.
Triggered by precipitation, water-level fluctuation, freeze thaw, irrigation, earthquakes, anthropogenic activities and other factors, landslide has become a severe geohazard worldwide. In recent years, multiple remote sensing techniques that use synthetic aperture radar (SAR), light detection and ranging (LiDAR), optical and photogrammetric measurements from spaceborne, airborne, mobile-vehicle and ground-based platforms have been widely applied for landslide classification, detection, digital elevation model reconstruction, surface deformation monitoring, volume/thickness inversion and stability and mechanism analysis.
For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website.
The submission deadline is Dec. 31, 2019. You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline. Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also encourage authors to send a short abstract or tentative title to the Editorial Office in advance (email@example.com).
Remote Sensing is fully open access. Open access (unlimited and free access by readers) increases publicity and promotes more frequent citations, as indicated by several studies. Open access is supported by the authors and their institutes. An Article Processing Charge (APC) of CHF 1800 currently applies to all accepted papers (APC: CHF 2000 from Jan. 1, 2020 onwards). You may be entitled to a discount if you have previously received a discount code or if your institute is participating in the MDPI Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP). For more information, click here.
For further details on the submission process, please see the instructions for authors at the journal website.
Save the date for the next installment of the largest equipment show dedicated solely to the deep foundations industry! IFCEE 2021 will take place at the Hyatt Regency Reunion in Dallas, Texas.
Colombian Geotechnical Society
In association with the Joint Technical Committee on Natural Slopes and Landslides (JTC1) and the Federation of International Geo-engineering Societies: ISSMGE,ISRM and IAEG (FedIGS), the Colombian Geotechnical Society-CGS cordially invites the international geotechnical community to participate in the XIII International Symposium on Landslides-XIII ISL, which will be held from June 15-19, 2020, in the city of Cartagena-Colombia.
Our invitation extends to all those colleagues interested in presenting articles, and in a very special way to invite students and professors of universities and research centers, and to the representatives of industry and research for the installation of stands to display software, equipment and geotechnical services. In addition to the program of the Symposium to be held at the venue of the event, technical visits will be organized to selected landslide sites and structures of geotechnical interest, in the surroundings of Medellín and Bogotá cities, both located in the Andean region. It is planned to make these visits during the week of June 22-26. Finally, we invite you to enjoy our tourist attractions and the hospitality of our people.
The Landslide Blog
The July 23 Pingdi landslide in Shuicheng County in the city of Liupanshui in Guizhou Province, China, is thought to have killed 51 people. This was a large, complex landslide associated with heavy rainfall.
Channel News Asia
When Indonesia’s Mount Tangkuban Parahu erupted July 26, thousands of visitors scrambled for their lives and fled as quickly as they could from the towering cloud of ash spewing out of its crater.
However, Øystein Lund Andersen, a 37-year-old Norwegian photographer living in Jakarta, did the exact opposite. He immediately packed his gear and a few necessities, driving for four hours towards the volcano to be in the thick of the action.
The Arizona Daily Sun via Government Technology
When driving between Flagstaff and Phoenix, certain hazards seem clear: wildlife darting across the road, vehicles recklessly zigzagging between lanes, flooding, wildfires and moving at 75 miles per hour just feet from the edge of a mountain.
As for the dangers lurking beneath the pavement, that’s for the experts to consider.
The death toll from a landslide in southeastern Myanmar has risen to 59, authorities say.
The landslide occurred in Mon state following days of torrential rain. Rescue efforts have been hindered by mud and downpours.
The Daily Star
At least 30 people were killed and 10 reported missing as unabated torrential rains lashed northern part of India triggering widespread flood and landslides.
Authorities issued flood alerts in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh as the surging water levels of several rivers, including the Yamuna, threatened to breach the danger marks.
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