Geotimes

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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Tue, 2016-09-06 11:08
If you're in London on the 29th of September, the Geological Society of London is hosting a ticketed event looking at the the role of German and British geologists during World War II. The talk will describe how geologists on opposing sides contributed to military planning and operations. GSL will also make some of its historical material on military geology, such as the maps used by the War Office, available to attendees. 
Fri, 2016-09-02 11:07
This Currents demonstrates some of the issues that arise when trying to quantify the global geoscience workforce.  The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics is very transparent in their labor counts by industry and occupation, which allows for AGI to prepare a realistic estimation of the size of the geoscience workforce in the U.S.  Most other countries either do not provide the detail or transparency comparable to the U.S., leading to both data availability and definitional problems.  Most countries provide data in a highly aggregated form by industry, and only three industries where geoscientists work were in common across most countries:  agriculture, mining/oil and gas, and professional science and technology.  However,  South Africa and Indonesia do not report on professional science and technology industries, so geoscience intensity was estimated based on U.S. percentages of geoscientists in each of these industries.  It is important to note...
Fri, 2016-09-02 10:34
The graph shows the 2015 median annual salaries for geoscience-related occupations in the United States as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The colors represent different occupation categories. The columns in the lighter colors show the annual median salary for the broad occupational grouping. The darker colors are specific geoscience occupations within that broad occupational groups. The average median salary for geoscience-related occupations in 2015 was $83,737. Since 2013 (Currents #91), all but three (petroleum engineers, geoscientists, and geographers) of the geoscience occupations saw increases in their median annual salaries, and the few decreases ranged from $490-$2,330. The salary decreases seen for petroleum engineers and geoscientists are likely driven by the economic slow down in the oil and gas industry.
Thu, 2016-09-01 17:03
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) announced that they have publicly released new, unclassified, three-dimensional topographic maps of Alaska as part of the White House initiative to inform better decision-making in the Arctic. The digital elevation models are the first to be released by the ArcticDEM project. 
Thu, 2016-09-01 16:48
The Society for Mining and Metallurgy Exploration, Inc. (SME) has posted a new Technical Briefing Paper on the website regarding Federal Support for U.S. Mining Schools. In it they provide background on the issue, outline reasons investment in these programs is valuable to the American public and provide options for action. Recently SME provided leadership in encouraging revisions to SEC rulemaking. 
Thu, 2016-09-01 16:40
The American Geosciences Institute Critical Issues Program, along with the National Ground Water Association, the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, and the U.S. Chapter of the International Association of Hydrogeologists will be hosting a free webinar titled, "Desalination as a Source of Freshwater" on September 20th, 2016 at 2:00 pm EDT. 
Thu, 2016-09-01 16:18
#MapOfTheDay! The Ohio Department of Natural Resources's (@ohiodnr) interactive map shows the history of earthquakes in Ohio: http://bit.ly/1NTmdWv 
Thu, 2016-09-01 16:10
In the "Soils Matter, Get the Scoop" blog run by the Soil Science Society of America, scientists explore the general relationships that exist between soil color and climates. This piece is a fun read that also touches on other factors that influence soil formation, and would be a great tool to introduce people to the great variety of soils found on the planet. Also, the ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting is coming up in Phoenix, November 6-9, 2016 so stop by to learn more about soil, agronomy and crop science! They will be accepting entries for their annual photo contest until September 15th, 2016. 
Thu, 2016-09-01 15:23
GeoSpectrum is now the Geotimes Blog FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Maureen Moses (mmoses@americangeosciences.org) 09/01/2016   Alexandria, VA - The American Geosciences Institute is pleased to announce the relaunching of its GeoSpectrum newsletter as the Geotimes Blog. GeoSpectrum has evolved from a quarterly newsletter of the geoscience societies to a blog about activities in AGI's member societies and other news and events about the geosciences.    For decades, AGI's Geotimes magazine not only published features about geoscience, but was also the main source of information about the activities within the profession, including news from AGI's Member Societies, information about new books, maps and datasets, and insights into the interface of geoscience and policy. As Geotimes evolved into today's EARTH magazine, this inside information was then publishing through AGI's GeoSpectrum newsletter. But just as the magazine evolved, so is our delivery of the news of the...
Thu, 2016-09-01 15:23
GeoSpectrum is now the Geotimes Blog FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Maureen Moses (mmoses@americangeosciences.org) 09/01/2016   Alexandria, VA - The American Geosciences Institute is pleased to announce the relaunching of its GeoSpectrum newsletter as the Geotimes Blog. GeoSpectrum has evolved from a quarterly newsletter of the geoscience societies to a blog about activities in AGI's member societies and other news and events about the geosciences.    For decades, AGI's Geotimes magazine not only published features about geoscience, but was also the main source of information about the activities within the profession, including news from AGI's Member Societies, information about new books, maps and datasets, and insights into the interface of geoscience and policy. As Geotimes evolved into today's EARTH magazine, this inside information was then publishing through AGI's GeoSpectrum newsletter. But just as the magazine evolved, so is our delivery of the news of the...

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