Hurricane Sandy struck the U.S. East Coast in October 2012, leaving about $65 billion of damage in its wake and raising the question of how to mitigate the damage from future storms. It’s a question that arises in the wake of most natural disasters: What steps can society take to protect itself from storms, floods, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis or volcanic eruptions? But the question itself illustrates the complexity of preparing for natural disasters.
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:36
News items on how AGI Member Organizations are working with the broader public, helping shape the workforce, creating innovative educational experiences, and bringing their scientists to Washington, D.C. to interact with their elected officials.
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 14:50
Congratulations to the winners, finalists, and hundreds of students and others who entered. Each first-place winner receives $300 and a copy of AGI’s The Geoscience Handbook. Entries submitted by winners and finalists are posted online at http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/2014. Meet this year's winners!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:56
On March 13, 1989, a geomagnetic storm spawned by a solar outburst struck Earth, triggering instabilities in the electric-power grid that serves much of eastern Canada and the U.S. The storm led to blackouts for more than 6 million customers and caused tens of millions of dollars in damages and economic losses. More than 25 years later, the possibility of another such catastrophe still looms, and the day-to-day effects of space weather on electrical systems remain difficult to quantify. Now, a new study correlating electrical insurance claims with geomagnetic data suggests that even moderate space weather may play a significant role in destabilizing the power grid.
Monday, November 10, 2014 - 12:00
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) encourages U.S.-based geoscience professionals, faculty, students and enthusiasts to sign up and receive their own free lapel pin stating “I’m a Geoscientist.” Enter in mailing information at the following link: http://www.americangeosciences.org/be-a-part and be part of increasing the visibility and diversity of the profession.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 10:21
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is accepting a for the Edward C. Roy Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching. Given annually, this award is presented to one full-time K-8 teacher in the U.S. or U.K. whose excellence and innovation in the classroom elevates students’ understanding of the Earth and its many processes.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 11:02
Earth’s abundant silicate minerals are degraded over time by exposure to water, chemical dissolution, and physical and chemical weathering by tree roots and even insects such as ants and termites. Such weathering plays a significant role in decreasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as carbon dioxide is consumed in chemical weathering reactions and the resultant carbonate becomes sequestered in the form of limestone and dolomite.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 10:49
The American Geosciences Institute has released the 2014 Status of Recent Geoscience Graduates, which highlights the impact of booming enrollments and the challenges for students face in matching their education to the demands of the current hiring in the geoscience-related industries.
Monday, October 27, 2014 - 15:24
The American Geosciences Institute cordially welcomes new officers from the 2014-2015 year: Dr. Scott Tinker as AGI President-Elect, Mr. William Siok as Secretary and Dr. Paul M. Bertsch as the Member-At-Large.
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 13:09
The American Geosciences Institute welcomes Dr. Eric M. Riggs as its President for the 2014-2015 year. With him, Riggs brings a passion for geoscience, geoscience education and the desire to create an inclusive and diverse geoscience community.
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 14:58