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Building the Modern World: Geoscience that Underlies our Economic Prosperity

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Geoscience information is integral to the strength and growth of communities and provides the resources for economic growth. All building materials, energy resources, construction projects, and hazard mitigation efforts are fundamentally based on geoscientific data and the geoscience workforce.

Our speakers are:

Key topics to be addressed include:

  • The industrial materials and minerals used to construct buildings/infrastructure
  • The importance of readily available construction materials and the resulting demand for mines and quarries throughout the U.S.
  • How geoscience is used to determine whether or not sites are suitable for infrastructure development
  • How geoscience is used to help guide design and construction to enhance the quality of life, economic strength, and physical security of coastal areas

Webinar Co-sponsors:
American Association of Petroleum Geologists; American Geophysical Union; Consortium for Ocean Leadership; Geological Society of America; National Ground Water Association; National Science Foundation; Soil Science Society of America

    Resources to Learn More

    Search the Geological Surveys Database for reports and factsheets about geoscience and the economy.

    Building the Modern World: Infrastructure is made of ROCKS

    Critical Issues Webinar: Planning for Coastal Storm and Erosion Hazards

    Coastal hazards webinar flyer. Image Credit: C. Hegermiller, USGS
    Register now for this upcoming Critical Issues Webinar! July 6, 2017 at 1:30pm EDT. 90 minutes.
     
    This special 1.5 hour-long AGI Critical Issues webinar will focus on efforts to anticipate, mitigate, and respond to coastal storms, erosion, and associated hazards at the federal, state, and local level. Speakers from California, Texas, and Georgia will discuss the impacts of coastal storms and erosion, tools used for coastal hazard mitigation planning in their regions, and examples of community engagement and coordination. Learn more at http://bit.ly/coastal-hazards-webinar.
     

    Planning for Coastal Storm and Erosion Hazards

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    Coastal hazards are a widespread challenge that cost millions (and sometimes billions) of dollars in the U.S. every year due to property loss and spending on mitigation measures. Based on the most recent U.S. Census, over 39% of the U.S. population lives in areas that may undergo significant coastal flooding during a 100-year flood event1. Additionally, six of the ten most expensive weather-related disasters in U.S. history have been caused by coastal storms1,2. Reducing risk and responding to coastal hazards is an ongoing challenge that relies on close coordination and cooperation between geoscientists, coastal planners, emergency managers, and communities at all levels.

    An introductory talk and three case studies from around the U.S. cover coastal storm and erosion hazards in the U.S., as well as examples of coastal hazard planning from the Pacific, Gulf, and Atlantic coasts, with a focus on how geoscience informs planning at all levels. Speakers from California, Texas, and Georgia discuss the impacts of coastal storms and erosion, tools used for coastal hazard mitigation planning in their regions, and examples of community engagement and coordination.

    Our speakers are:

    Webinar Co-Sponsors
    American Institute of Professional Geologists; American Meteorological Society; Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists; Consortium for Ocean Leadership; Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society; Federal Emergency Management Agency; Geological Society of America; Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers; International Association of Emergency Managers; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; U.S. Geological Survey.

    References:

    1 Coastal Flood Risks: Achieving Resilience Together. Federal Emergency Management Agency
    2 Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters: Table of Events. National Centers for Environmental Information

    Resources to learn more:

    Search the Geological Surveys Database for reports and factsheets about coastal hazards.

    Coastal Hazards: Coastal Storms and Erosion: Managing for an Uncertain Future

    Upcoming AGI/AIPG webinars on professional ethics, mineral resource reporting

    State Responses to Induced Earthquakes

    Friday, April 14, 2017

    The surge in recent years of earthquake activity associated with some oil and gas operations, most notably in Oklahoma, has spurred a range of actions and responses from state geoscientists and regulators. States have taken measures to monitor these earthquakes and moderate the activities that may be causing them, particularly the deep underground injection of large volumes of wastewater. Many states with extensive oil and gas operations but little or no increased earthquake activity have also adopted practices to prevent and prepare for potential induced earthquakes in their area.

    Our speakers are:

    • Jeremy Boak, Ph.D., Director, Oklahoma Geological Survey, Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy, University of Oklahoma | pdf download icon Slides   YouTube download icon Video
    • Michael H. Young, Ph.D., Associate Director for Environment, Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin | pdf download icon Slides   YouTube download icon Video
    • Steven Dade, Geologist 2, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil & Gas Resources Management | pdf download icon Slides   YouTube download icon Video

    Webinar Co-Sponsors
    American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Energy Society, American Geophysical Union, American Institute of Professional Geologists, Association of American State Geologists, Association of Environmental & Engineering GeologistsEnvironmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, Environmental Defense Fund, Seismological Society of AmericaSociety of Exploration GeophysicistsU.S. Geological Survey.

    Downloads:
    pdf download icon Webinar flyer
    YouTube download icon Short video showing the increases in wastewater injection volume and earthquake activity in the Fort Worth Basin, Texas, from 2005-2016.

    Resources to learn more:

    Search the Geological Surveys Database for reports and factsheets about induced earthquakes.

     

    State Responses: Patterns of Induced Seismicity in Central and Northwest Oklahoma

    Geoscience Online Learning Initiative

    The Geoscience Online Learning Initiative (GOLI) is an initiative by the American Geosciences Institute, started in cooperation with the American Institute of Professional Geologists, to provide a platform for asynchronous, life-long learning and continuing education opportunities in the geosciences.  The long-term vision for GOLI is to provide a platform for geoscience societies to host asynchronous learning modules for use in both professional continuing education and to help students be better prepared for entering the geoscience workforce.

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