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Geotimes is a free electronic newsfeed for the geoscience community. The American Geosciences Institute coordinates and edits Geotimes, but it is the result of contributed materials from societies, geoscience organizations and others in the community. Do you have a geoscience blog or newsfeed with an RSS feed? It may be a good fit for Geotimes. To learn more about RSS or to submit information to Geotimes by email, please contact Joe Lilek at geotimes@americangeosciences.org. Events can also be listed on the AGI Geoscience Calendar.

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Wed, 2018-06-20 09:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 20, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has released a new publication, Petroleum and the Environment, to provide an accessible and information-rich overview of the many intersections between oil and gas operations and the environment.   This publication provides a completely rewritten and expanded update to the original Petroleum and the Environment, published in 2003 as part of AGI's Environmental Awareness Series. Much has changed since then, with advances in hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and horizontal drilling leading to a huge increase in oil and gas production in many parts of the United States. This growth came with new environmental challenges, opportunities, and uncertainties. But with variably rapid changes in technology, scientific understanding, regulation, and industry practices, sources of reliable information on these developments have been hard to come by.   Taking the form of 24...
Wed, 2018-06-20 04:41
Last week we released Code Show version 1.0. In a new experiment, we teamed up with Total and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers at the EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition in Copenhagen. Our goal was to bring a little of the hackathon to as many conference delegates as possible. We succeeded in reaching a few hundred people over the three days, making a lot of new friends in the process. See the action in this Twitter Moment.What was on the menu?The augmented reality sandbox that Simon Virgo and his colleagues brought from the University of Aachen. The sandbox displayed both a geological map generated by the GemPy 3D implicit geological modeling tool, as well as a seismic wavefield animation generated by the Devito modeling and inversion project. Thanks to Yuriy Ivanov (NTNU) and others in his hackathon team for contributing...
Tue, 2018-06-19 14:34
During the last century, discoveries in Earth and space science have changed society’s understanding of the world around us and improved economic security and public health and safety around the globe. And looking to the future, science can help society address the challenges – and take advantage of the opportunities – it faces. So, it’s no surprise that, in 2012, the AGU Council came together in Washington, D.C. to discuss how, with its Centennial on the horizon, AGU might be able to impact not just our own community, but the world. The group discussed many things, but ultimately kept coming back to the idea of a “grand challenge,” in particular, how could AGU help to bridge scientists and the communities that benefit from their research. The program that grew from that initial meeting, the Thriving Earth Exchange, launched as a unique opportunity for communities to partner with Earth and space scientists and access the expertise needed to address problems arising from hazards,...
Tue, 2018-06-19 09:16
By Janice Lachance, Executive Vice President of Strategic and Operational Excellence Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally shared on AGU’s building blog.  While AGU will formally kick off our Centennial in December of this year, we are building excitement this week by sharing information on the many programs Centennial will touch during our 2019 celebration. AGU’s building renovation project is one of those. Our existing headquarters was built in 1994 and after many years of operation, the building systems were reaching the end of their lives. We were faced with the choice to either renovate to replace the systems and keep the building as is or challenge ourselves to strive for something greater that would demonstrate our commitment to AGU’s mission, “science or the benefit of humanity.” We jumped at the opportunity to renovate the building to meet net zero energy goals and reduce our environmental footprint. The building project is a chance for AGU to physically...
Tue, 2018-06-19 09:16
By Janice Lachance, Executive Vice President of Strategic and Operational Excellence Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally shared on AGU’s building blog.  While AGU will formally kick off our Centennial in December of this year, we are building excitement this week by sharing information on the many programs Centennial will touch during our 2019 celebration. AGU’s building renovation project is one of those. Our existing headquarters was built in 1994 and after many years of operation, the building systems were reaching the end of their lives. We were faced with the choice to either renovate to replace the systems and keep the building as is or challenge ourselves to strive for something greater that would demonstrate our commitment to AGU’s mission, “science or the benefit of humanity.” We jumped at the opportunity to renovate the building to meet net zero energy goals and reduce our environmental footprint. The building project is a chance for AGU to physically...
Mon, 2018-06-18 20:30
When AGU was founded, nearly 100 years ago, the world was a very different place. However, despite the century’s worth of change between 1919 and today, the ability of Earth and space science to improve our society—and the desire of scientists to provide those benefits to humanity—has remained the same. That’s why, as we approach the celebration of our Centennial, we are using the energy of the past to start the next transformational era of Earth and space science; preparing to connect, inspire, and amplify the voice and contributions of the Earth and space science community for the coming decades; and bringing the global community together with the shared goal of transforming Earth and space science to meet the challenges of today and the opportunities of tomorrow. Centennial festivities will formally commence at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, which will take place 10–14 December in Washington, D. C. Some exciting programs are already under way, and today I’m incredibly proud to be...
Mon, 2018-06-18 20:00
Call for Session Proposals - You are invited to submit content ideas/proposals for the AAPG 2019 Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE), 19-22 May in San Antonio, Texas. This new step, intended to facilitate the submission of a diverse collection of dynamic and relevant topics, will be followed by a traditional call for abstracts for the meeting. More...
Mon, 2018-06-18 14:05
The M=5.9 earthquake resulted in three fatalities and hundreds of injuries.
Sun, 2018-06-17 01:31
Huge news for data scientists and educators. Equinor, the company formerly known as Statoil, has taken a bold step into the open data arena. On Thursday last week, it 'disclosed' all of its subsurface and production data for the Volve oil field, located in the North Sea. What's in the data package?A lot! The 40,000-file package contains 5TB of data, that's 5,000GB! This collection is substantially larger, both deeper and broader, than any other open subsurface dataset I know of. Most excitingly, Equinor has released a broad range of data types, from reports to reservoir models: 3D and 4D seismic, well logs and real-time drilling records, and everything in between. The only slight problem is that the seismic data are bundled in very large files at the moment; we've asked for them to be split up.Questions about usage rights...
Fri, 2018-06-15 12:00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2018   ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is now accepting advance orders for the Earth Science Week 2018 Toolkit. The Toolkit contains educational materials for all ages that correspond to this year's event theme, "Earth as Inspiration."   Materials include the traditional program poster and school-year activity calendar, as well as posters, activities, and other resources from distinguished program partners. This year's Toolkit emphasizes artistic expression as a unique, powerful opportunity for geoscience education and understanding in the 21st century.   Earth Science Week (October 14-20, 2018) is an annual event that has been led by AGI along with its sponsors and the greater geoscience community since 1998. The coming year's theme will emphasize the creativity, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills -- as important to the arts as to the Earth sciences -- that are demanded by education standards...

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