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December 14, 2022

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Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns

Welcome to the 234th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting environmental and engineering geologists around the world!

We have changed the format! We team up with Multiview Inc. each week to produce this newsletter, and they decided to have a more exciting format which we are presenting today! I hope that you like it! Many thanks to Joanne Hershon who helps me put this newsletter together each week - you can see her photo at the bottom of the newsletter!

We will start the IAEG Connector this week with a special message from President Rafig Azzam who has led our IAEG through four difficult years with the pandemic! He has done a superb job so we thank him for his leadership and also thank the board for their leadership too!

For the second week in a row we have a photo from Joao Paulo Monticelli of Brazil. It is from one of the most beautiful places in the world - Patagonia in Argentina! I love the photo of Fitz Roy Peak there! Many thanks, Joao! We welcome other great photos to be published in the IAEG Connector.

Please note that the deadline for full length papers for the upcoming congress are due December 31, 2022. Also, our sister society of IGS has a new newsletter that you can click on the link to see.

For the next two weeks the IAEG Connector will be reflecting on the past year and summarize which articles you liked the best! The Multiview Company gives its employees two weeks off in December for the holidays so our last two issues of the IAEG Connector for 2022 will be a summary of the popularity of the articles in the IAEG Connector over the past year - what did we download the most. Next week, they will list the #11 - #20 downloaded articles from the past year. The following week will have the top 10 downloaded articles from the past year. In January we will resume with news from around the world about our society and also geologic events.

This week we have many news items about landslides, 47 erupting volcanoes around the world, and soil erosion.

IAEG NEWS

End-of-term message from the President
IAEG
Dear friends and colleagues, ladies and gentlemen. My presidency term ends this year. In the last Council Meeting a capable new president with an excellent scientific merit, Prof. Vassilis Marinos, has been elected as new president and will start as on the first of January 2023. I am very confident that he will continue the successful path of the past presidents to serve the community of engineering geology and to further advance the modernization process of our Association. In the past we have achieved many targets and improved the services to our members. This process goes on and never ends.
On this occasion I would like to thank all of you for your cooperation and achievements toward our Association. The National Groups have helped to overcome the pandemic situation by being active and organizing events such as conferences, webinars, schools, field trips, etc. The Executive members have performed in excellent manner and helped to solve many issues in the modernization process. Not least, the Young Engineering Geologists have triggered many activities for the members. We all are proud of our YEG and their engagement in the process of modernization of IAEG.
It was my pleasure and honor to work with all of you, all deserve my thanks.
As we approach the end of this year, I would like to wish all who celebrate Christmas a Merry and Blessed Christmas and to all a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Thank you

Rafig Azzam

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!

Schedule for December
IAEG
Dec. 7 - Regular issue
Dec. 14 - Regular issue
Dec. 21 - Top 11-20 stories from 2022
Dec. 28 - Top 1-10 stories for 2022
Jan. 4 - Regular issue

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

The Gaguney landslide in India: Evolution over time
The Landslide Blog
Dave Petley writes: I wrote about the work that Save The Hills has been doing to highlight the plight of people of Pathing in northern India who are being affected by the Gaguney landslide. This landslide had been problematic for some time, but in November of this year the situation became dramatically worse, with a new area of instability threatening many more houses. Read More

Volcanic activity occurring all around the world
UPI
As Hawaii's Mauna Loa and neighboring Kilauea volcanos simultaneously erupt, drawing worldwide attention, geologists continue to monitor dozens what are called "continuing volcanic eruptions" around the globe. Currently, 47 volcanoes fit that definition according to the Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Program.  Read More

Death Valley's Ubehebe Crater reveals volcanic hazard areas are underestimated
Phys.org
When magma bubbles up toward Earth's surface and meets groundwater, steam pressure builds, sometimes bursting into eruptions that spew currents of hot ash, potentially burning and asphyxiating people and burying nearby cities. Take, for example, similar ash currents that formed during the eruptions at Mount Vesuvius, which were responsible for many of the fatalities in the city of Pompeii around 79 C.E. Read More

Landslide risk remains years after even a weak earthquake
Newcastle University via ScienceDaily
Satellite observations have revealed that weak seismic ground shaking can trigger powerful landslide acceleration — even several years after a significant earthquake. These observations help paint a comprehensive picture of landslide behavior triggered by seismic activity and provide the tools for real-time monitoring to support rapid rescue operations. Read More

Soil in midwestern US is eroding 10 to 1,000 times faster than it forms, study finds
Phys.org
In a discovery that has repercussions for everything from domestic agricultural policy to global food security and the plans to mitigate climate change, researchers at the University of Massachusetts recently announced that the rate of soil erosion in the Midwestern US is 10 to 1,000 times greater than pre-agricultural erosion rates. These newly discovered pre-agricultural rates, which reflect the rate at which soils form, are orders of magnitude lower than the upper allowable limit of erosion set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read More

Mars may actually have an active mantle plume deep beneath its surface
ZME Science
Although the geological activity on the Red Planet has largely quieted down, it may not be completely silent, a new study shows. In fact, Mars could have an active mantle plume with a diameter of about 4,000 km. Read More

The fate of terrestrial biodiversity during an oceanic island volcanic eruption
Scientific Reports via Nature
Volcanic activity provides a unique opportunity to study the ecological responses of organisms to catastrophic environmental destruction as an essential driver of biodiversity change on islands. However, despite this great scientific interest, no study of the biodiversity at an erupting volcano has yet been undertaken. Read More

Science Headlines
IAEG
Check out what's going on in the world of geological science:

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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