Geotimes (formerly GeoSpectrum)

Geotimes is the free electronic blog of the geosciences. Originally launched as GeoSpectrum, a newsletter of the American Geosciences Institute in 1995, Geotimes has been reborn as the go-to source of information on AGI's 51 Member Societies. The American Geosciences Institute coordinates and edits the blog, but it is the result of contributed materials from societies, geoscience organizations and others in the community.

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Critical Issues: NOAA restarts La Nina Watch, releases 2016-2017 U.S. Winter Outlook

NOAA U.S. Winter Outlook Temperature Map
On October 20, 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its U.S. Winter Outlook, and the updated La Niña forecast took center stage. Mike Halpert, Deputy Director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC), and David Miskus, also of CPC, briefed reporters and answered questions on NOAA’s winter forecast. Click “Read More” to see the highlights.

Critical Issues: One week until the AGI Groundwater Forum!

AGI Forum 2016 Groundwater Issues
There is still time to register for this event! The 2016 Critical Issues ForumAddressing Changes in Regional Groundwater Resources: Lessons from the High Plains Aquifer, will be held October 27-28 in Golden, Colorado. If you are a current student or belong to an AGI member society, you will receive a discount on full priced registration. More information, including a full list of speakers, is available on the Forum website,

GeoCUR Awards 2016 Undergraduate Research Mentor

The 2016 GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award Winner - Wendy Borhson.
The Council on Undergraduate Research - Geosciences Division (GeoCUR) announced its 2016 Undergraduate Research Mentor Awardee at the Geological Society of America 2016 Annual Meeting. Wendy Borhson, Professor at Central Washington Unversity was recognized by GeoCUR for her patience and dedication to promoting research for undergraduates. For a full citation of Wendy's work with undergraduate researchers, check out the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Blog GeoEd Trek

NWS to Announce Organizational Changes - TODAY 11am EDT

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Logo
National Weather Service (NWS) director will be briefing the press shortly on its "evolving operations, workforce and organizational structure to bring more nationwide consistency to the science and service it delivers." The online press briefing will take place at 11 am EDT. The briefing will feature the National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini, and Deputy Director Laura Furgione. Please register to attend the online webinar at Follow the Twitter hashtag, #EvolveNWS

Drones & Geoscience Updates

Monitoring drone in the air.
The American Association of Petroleum Geologists published an interview Lyndon Nance, a land surveyor who uses fixed-wing drones for data collection on the LEARN! Blog. Nance shares his experience using drones as the industry as developed in recent years, and details some of his projects. The Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society published an update in FastTIMES detailing the institution of CFR14 Part 107 for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) by the Federal Avaiation Administration and details certifications, and the foundation of safe operations of drones in National Air Space. 

Critical Issues: Map of the Day - Coastal Geoscience Information in Maryland

Screenshot of the Maryland Coastal Atlas
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of coastal geoscience information in Maryland from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (@MarylandDNR), which you can find at For more information on geoscience issues in Maryland, you can find over 100 reports, maps, and other documents in our free Research Database.

AEG Explores Attacks on Geologist Licensures

September 2016 AEG News Cover. Man in safety gear looking over pit mine.
The Association for Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) published a story in AEG News (scroll to page 15) written by AEG Past President, Ken Fergason. In Arizona a bill was introduced to the state legislature that sought to eliminate licensure of geologists. Fegason points out that these issues may affect other states, and even licensed professionals like engineers in the future. He directs readers to resources available from AEG and encourages geoscientists to be vigilant of this issue. 

Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship 2017 Application Opens

The Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship 2017 application cycle has opened. The Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship was established from a bequest given to AGI by Harriet Evelyn Wallace, who was one of the founding members of the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS). This scholarship is for the support of female graduate students in the United States studying the geosciences. A new scholar is named each year, and every scholar is eligible for up to two years of support. The current annual award is $5,000.

Critical Issues: Map of the Day - Earthquake Probabilities across the U.S.

Map of earthquake probabilities across the U.S. Image Credit: U.S. Geological Survey
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared a map of earthquake probabilities across the United States from the U.S. Geological Survey (@USGS), which you can find at For more information on earthquakes, check out our Earthquake Basics and register to participate in ShakeOut tomorrow, October 20.