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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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Fri, 2018-06-08 05:34
We're in Copenhagen for the Subsurface Bootcamp and Hackathon, which start today, and the EAGE Annual Conference and Exhibition, which starts next week. Walking around the city yesterday, basking in warm sunshine and surrounded by sun-giddy Scandinavians, it became clear that Copenhagen is a pretty special place, where northern Europe and southern Europe seem to have equal influence.The event this weekend promises to be the biggest hackathon yet. It's our 10th, so I think we have the format figured out. But it's only the third in Europe, the theme — Visualization and interaction — is new for us, and most of the participants are new to hackathons so there's still the thrill of the unknown! Many thanks to our sponsors for helping to make this latest event happen! Support these organizations: they know how to accelerate innovation in our industry...
Thu, 2018-06-07 08:00
In this episode, host Andrew Geary speaks with Nishank Saxena on advancements in image processing and machine learning. June's The Leading Edge highlights these topics and showcases methods to achieve meaningful geological results while reducing costs and increasing speed. Nishank Saxena served as a guest editor. Show notes and links at https://seg.org/podcast. Interviewee bio Dr. Nishank Saxena works as a research petrophysicist at Shell. His interests include all aspects of theoretical and computational geophysics. Nishank also pioneered the work on generating benchmarks for the digital rock physics technology. He received his Ph.D. in geophysics and seismology from Stanford University. SEG awarded him the J. Clarence Karcher Award in 2016. Gary Mavko, in his citation, stated, "Through his passion, creativity, and good nature, Nishank Saxena has helped to raise the bar in rock-physics research. I believe that, with Nishank and others of his generation, the future of...
Wed, 2018-06-06 18:40
The country's largest man-made recreational harbor sits on highly-liquefiable soil, which could be avoided in a large earthquake.
Wed, 2018-06-06 09:05
Earth and space science is a global endeavor that succeeds only when investigators work together, unselfishly share ideas and data, and honestly peer review each other’s findings. In a year that has seen isolationism rise in countries across the world, I was fortunate to travel with Eric Davidson, AGU President, and connect with colleagues from around the world at the 2018 Japan Geoscience Union Meeting, held this year from May 2 -24 in Chiba, Japan where the interrelated nature of the global science enterprise was on full display. As I walked through the Makuhari Messe convention center and attended meeting sessions, the energy and excitement was palpable. Undaunted by external global political upheavals, the quality of work and research in the Earth and space science present was resolutely strong. The atmosphere at the meeting was a congenial one that fostered communication, cooperation, and dialogue about research and discovery. Furthermore, it was markedly easier this year for...
Mon, 2018-06-04 10:20
The new bill puts a greater emphasis on seismic safety.
Fri, 2018-06-01 09:45
Resources for Future Generations 2018 (RFG2018) is taking place this month and we couldn’t be more excited to take part. You will likely recognize the names of many of our colleagues and the sector’s thought-leaders getting behind this event, and for good reason. As the premier event aiming to bring us all together to tackle issues around the sustainable use, extraction and management of earth’s resources, this discussion couldn’t come at a more critical time.    RFG2018 really is for all of us. As a multi-stakeholder event, each individual will be part of a larger puzzle in addressing our age’s greatest challenges. It is a ground-breaking, collaborative, innovative, international conference that is ‘made-in Canada’. We sincerely hope to see you in attendance and contributing your knowledge, experience, and perspective on these issues.   If you have not yet registered, you can do so here: www.rfg2018.org
Thu, 2018-05-31 11:09
The Salt Lake City hackathon — only the second we've done with a strong geology theme — is a thing of history, but you can still access the event page to check out who showed up and who did what. (This events page is a new thing we launched in time for this hackathon; it will serve as a public document of what happens at our events, in addition to being a platform for people to register, sponsor, and connect around our events.) In true seat-of-the-pants hackathon style we managed to set up an array of webcams and microphones to record the finale. The demos are the icing on the cake. Teams were selected at random and were given 4 minutes to wow the crowd. Here is the video, followed by a summary of what each team got up to...  Unconformist.aiDidi Ooi (University of Bristol), Karin Maria Eres Guardia (Shell), Alana Finlayson (UK OGA), Zoe Zhang (Chevron). The team used machine learning the automate the mapping of unconformities in subsurface data. One of...
Thu, 2018-05-31 10:00
Though it resembles a peaceful rose swirling in the darkness of the cosmos, NGC 3256 is actually the site of a violent clash. This distorted galaxy is the relic of a collision between two spiral galaxies, estimated to have occurred 500 million years ago. Today it is still reeling in the aftermath of this event.
Thu, 2018-05-31 09:37
With the federal spending bill process for FY19 well underway, AGU has been tracking how our federal science agencies are faring. The process has a long way to go yet, but with some preliminary numbers in for each of the science agencies, I wanted to let you know where things stand today. Currently, the House Appropriations Committee has considered two FY19 appropriations bills that relate to science – The Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, which funds NOAA, NASA and NSF, and the Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which funds the Department of Energy.  Here are some of the top-line science numbers we have seen so far: DOE, Office of Science: $6.6 billion; a 5% increase over the level funded in the FY18 omnibus appropriations bill ARPA-E at DOE: $325 million; an 8% decrease from the FY 18 omnibus NASA: $21.5 billion; a 4% increase over the FY18 omnibus Office of Science: $6.7 billion, a 7% increase over the FY18 omnibus Earth Science: $1.9 billion, a 1% decrease...
Thu, 2018-05-31 09:08
Dr. William (Jim) Vosburg has served as director of ORISE since 2016. How did they produce more than 70,000 research participation alumni? Find out.

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