Investing in the planet through improved hazard resiliency and water supply

Friday, April 21, 2023

This free webinar, featuring two Geoscientists without Borders® (GWB) humanitarian projects, provides information about how these projects are helping to increase resiliency to geologic hazards in Guatemala and improving potable water access and supply for communities in northeastern Ghana. By helping these communities address their challenges, these GWB projects are helping to invest in the planet. Our speakers are Steven L. Roche, Co-Investigator, Hearts in Motion, and Elikplim Abla Dzikunoo, Lecturer, Department of Earth Science, University of Ghana.

About the speakers

Increasing Natural Hazard Resiliency in Guatemala

Steven L. Roche, Co-Investigator, Hearts in Motion, will discuss the GWB project, Increasing Natural Hazard Resiliency in Guatemala, which aims to increase the geohazard resiliency and safety of the communities in Guatemala through implementing community-based educational workshops about earthquake and volcanic hazards, increasing Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología (INSIVUMEH)'s seismic and volcanic monitoring capacity, and reducing disaster response time by using the implementation of a regional seismic array consisting of low-cost "Raspberry Shake" 3C seismometer stations in Zacapa near the Motagua-Polochic fault system and significantly improve INSIVUMEH's earthquake and volcanic monitoring infrastructure including Early Warning Systems (EWS).

Provision of potable water to communities in northeastern Ghana

Elikplim Abla Dzikunoo, Lecturer, Department of Earth Science, University of Ghana, will discuss the GWB project, Provision of potable water to communities in northeastern Ghana, which aims to improve potable water access and supply for the benefit and socio-economic wellbeing of inhabitants based on scientific data and recommendation on sustainable exploitation, development, and management of groundwater resources in areas within the Nasia river basin, northeastern Ghana. This was done by using Electrical Resistivity Tomography techniques to define and interpret geo-electric sections and models to show the subsurface lithology distribution, and provide scientific data that will inform groundwater management policy decision making and improve access to potable water resources by the communities of study area.To build on the knowledge of the areas geology and offer a better understanding of the underlying complexities, lithologic logging was done during drilling followed by geophysical logging after drilling which offer improved resolutions of the subsurface geologic complexities.

For more information about these and other GWB humanitarian geoscience projects, please visit: https://seg.org/gwb, follow us on social media, GWBatSEG and email at withoutborders@seg.org.


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Working to promote Earth Science for a Sustainable World

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

This is the second webinar of Earth Science Week 2022 webinar series that features two Geoscientists without Borders® (GWB) projects. The first project, presented by Dr. Kirsten Nicholson focuses on high mountain aquifers in the Sagarmatha National Park, Mt Everest region, Nepal. Dr. Nicholson discusses sourcing potable drinking water for local communities and how people’s behavior (both local residents and tourists) and climate change are impacting access to potable water in the region.

The second presentation, by Mr. Gabriel do Nasciemento Cardasco, is focused on utilizing five geophysical methodologies to study the geohazard risk from mining practices in Ouro Preto, Brazil. He discusses the background and landslide risk of this region, shares how his research has helped measure the scope of the issue, and discusses strategies for engaging with the local community.

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About our speakers

Dr. Kirsten Nicholson, Professor, Department of Geosciences, Ball State University

Dr. Nicholson’s research includes work on petrology, tectonics and heat flow in the Pacific, and water resources in the Nepali Himalayas. Kirsten has more than 25 years of research experience in petrology and tectonics but has only been working in water resources for the past ten years. Her BSc is in Geological Sciences is from the University of British Columbia, Canada, her MSc is from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and her PhD is a cotutelle from the University of Auckland and the Universite Joseph Fourier, France.

Gabriel do Nascimento Cardoso, Undergraduate student, Department of Geological Engineering, Federal University of Ouro Preto

Gabriel currently works as an intern at an ornamental rocks mining company. He is an active participant in the student chapter Society of Applied Geophysics (SGA), where he explores the utilization of geophysics to solve problems and develop new applications. Besides being an SGA representative, Gabriel’s research is also affiliated with Geoscientists Without Borders (GWB) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).

Exploring for the Future International Showcase

Thursday, August 11, 2022

By 2024 the Australian Government will have invested $225 million in an unprecedented level of precompetitive geoscience data acquisition and knowledge generation. Led by Australia’s national geoscience organisation, Geoscience Australia, the program is gathering and analysing geological, geochemical and geophysical data. Results are publicly available and are informing decision-making and investment in Australia’s resources sector to deliver a reliable pipeline of resources for the world.

The Exploring for the Future International Showcase will provide an overview of the program’s impact and will share scientific advancements made to date, through a series of short talks and a question and answer session. At its heart, the program is stimulating industry today by delivering an improved understanding of Australia’s potential minerals, energy, and groundwater resources.

More information is available on the website (www.ga.gov.au/eftf) and you can access the vast array of datasets and decision support tools developed by the program through the Data Discovery portal (https://portal.ga.gov.au/persona/eftf).

View the next presentation in this event.

Presenters and topics

  • Welcome and introductory remarks, Dr. Karol Czarnota
  • Value of precompetitive geoscience, Dr. Andrew Heap
  • Big data acquisition, tools and the portal, Dr. Laura Gow
  • Uncovering resource potential: Tennant Creek to Mount Isa, Dr. Geoff Fraser
  • Advancing mineral systems science, Dr. Arianne Ford
  • Hydrogen and green steel potential, Dr. Andrew Feitz

The presentations will be followed with a moderated discussion between the presenters and event attendees.

All sessions will be conducted in English with live captioning in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian, Modern Chinese, and Hindi.

Please contact eftf@gmail.com if you have any follow-on questions about the presentations or the event.

This event is organized by Geoscience Australia and hosted by the American Geosciences Institute

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AGI Announces 'Water Today and for the Future' Webinar Series for Earth Science Week 2021

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In collaboration with presenting partners, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) invites educators, students, and all interested in the geosciences to participate in the "Water Today and for the Future" Webinar Series during Earth Science Week (October 10-16, 2021) and beyond.
The webinar series will cover an array of thought-provoking, timely topics relating to the Earth Science Week 2021 theme of "Water Today and for the Future." These webinars are being presented for a general public audience:

Perspectives on a Crucial Resource - The Importance and Vulnerability of Our Water Supplies

Thursday, October 14, 2021

This webinar is part of the Earth Science Week 2021 webinar series.

The need for having sustainable water is a key element in global resilience to climate change, as a shield against ecosystem loss, and as a defense against human deprivation and poverty. Water is essential to the health of all living things. With the onslaught of climate change, drought and exploding population growth, water is a valuable but very vulnerable resource. Water can be an element of peace, supporting security and abundance, or a source of transboundary conflict fueling political ambitions.

Groundwater, in particular, is the underpinning of irrigated agriculture and energy production and it therefore supports food security and economic development. Groundwater provides drinking water to at least 50% of the global population, and worldwide, approximately 2.5 billion people depend solely on groundwater resources to satisfy their basic daily water needs (UNESCO, 2012). In these times of Covid-19, groundwater also promotes hand washing in isolated rural communities. But it is a hidden resource and not well understood.

Examples from around the nation and world illustrate the importance, vulnerability, and changing aspects of water quantity and quality. Some potential solutions and stopgap measures are on the horizon to preserve our water resources, but the challenges are immense.

About the speaker

David Kreamer, Ph.D. is a Professor of Geoscience at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and serves as President of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH). Dave’s research includes work on water and international security, maintaining good water quality supply for people and ecosystems particularly in economically developing regions, combating environmental contamination, and water quality and quantity analysis and improvement. He has authored over 70 professional publications, recently co-authoring the 3rd Edition of the textbook “Contaminant Hydrogeology” and soon to be released 5th edition of “Applied Hydrogeology” (Waveland Press). David has served as a professional consultant/ expert witness, given over 150 invited presentations, has testified before the United States Congress, and addressed the United Nations General Assembly on water issues.

Groundwater Exploration in Response to Humanitarian Crises

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

This webinar is part of the Earth Science Week 2021 webinar series.

The number of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), worldwide, is about 80 million. Most refugees are fleeing water-stressed and conflict-torn countries such as South Sudan, Somalia, and Syria. Generally, the host countries for refugee populations are also arid or semi-arid, such as Kenya, Chad, and Jordan. In the marginal landscapes where refugee camps are usually sited, groundwater is often the only practical source of water for drinking, cooking, and sanitation. A lack of access to adequate water supplies is directly tied to increasing occurrences of cholera, dysentery, hepatitis, trachoma, and other diseases. Today, with Covid-19 outbreaks already occurring in overcrowded refugee camps, improving hygiene is critical. A well-targeted geophysical exploration program can make the difference between a successful water supply program and one doomed to failure.

In this talk, I lead you on the geophysical search and then the discovery of water in a few of the refugee camps and conflict zones in East Africa. In each of these settings, the cause of human displacement is distinct, the geology and hydrogeology vary, the landscapes are strikingly different, but the need for water is equally desperate.

In one of the largest refugee camps in the world, in the Turkana desert of Kenya, seismic and resistivity surveys helped to increase the water supply to the camp and, simultaneously, a previously unrecognized public health crisis was addressed. In Northern Uganda, in the devastation left behind by Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army, village water supplies were restored following geophysical surveys and hydrochemical testing. More importantly, the local Ugandan crews were trained to carry on with this technical work. Finally, in the midst of a civil war in the world’s newest country, South Sudan, an emergency mission relying on resistivity surveys took advantage of a cessation of hostilities to find water in villages stranded by the conflict.

About the speaker

Water for Rohingya refugees, an escape tunnel from a Nazi death camp, Pablo Escobar’s billions of buried drug money, or Holocaust mass burials, Paul Bauman has searched for all of these and much more. Paul is the Technical Director of the Near Surface Geophysics group at BGC Engineering, based in Calgary. Paul has more than 35 years of geophysical exploration experience in the water resources, environmental, engineering, oil and gas, mining, and humanitarian and archaeology sectors. He has a BScE in Geological Engineering and a minor in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, and an MSc in Hydrogeology from the University of Waterloo. Since the early 1990’s, Paul has directed water exploration programs in some of the most water-stressed locations on the planet including Yemen, post-tsunami Aceh, and refugee camps and conflict-affected areas in East Africa and Bangladesh. Some of these geophysical projects have been featured in movies and television documentaries by National Geographic, NOVA, the Discovery Network, and the History Channel.

Water Supply Issues in the Delaware River System: A tale of Tunnels, Transfers, Tumult, and Trout

Thursday, October 14, 2021

This webinar is part of the Earth Science Week 2021 webinar series.

Learn about the complex interplay of science, policy, and engineering that are involved in ensuring water for a large part of the northeastern United States.

About the speaker

Dr. David R. Wunsch is the Director and State Geologist of the Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) and President of the American Geosciences Institute.

Earth Science and the International Year of Caves and Karst

Friday, October 15, 2021

This webinar is part of the Earth Science Week 2021 webinar series.

Cave research represents the essence of Earth science since it involves going into and directly studying the Earth itself. Caves, and the karst areas in which most form, are highly valuable yet vulnerable features. They provide water to about 700 million people but are the most easily contaminated of groundwater supplies. Additionally, they can collapse to create sinkholes, swallowing roads and buildings, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damages annually in the US alone. Join this presentation, which is part of the celebration of the International Year of Caves and Karst, to explore caves and karst around the world and the many aspects of the Earth sciences they include.

About the speaker

Dr. George Veni is the Executive Director of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) and an internationally recognized hydrogeologist specializing in caves and karst terrains. Prior to NCKRI, he owned and served as principal investigator of George Veni and Associates, conducting multidisciplinary environmental karst management studies for more than 20 years. He has conducted karst research throughout the United States and in several other countries. He has chaired 16 international and multidisciplinary karst conferences, been a member of the governing board of the International Union of Speleology since 2002, serving as President since 2017 and organizing the International Year of Caves and Karst in 2021. He has served as a doctoral committee advisor for geological, geographical, and biological dissertations at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Harokopio University in Greece, taught karst geoscience courses as an adjunct professor for Western Kentucky University for 12 years, and taught karst science and management workshops internationally for NCKRI since 2011. Three cave-dwelling species have been named in his honor. He has published and presented nearly 270 papers, including six books, on hydrogeology, biology, and environmental management in karst terrains.


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