5 June - World Environment Day
Geoscience and engineering enjoy a front row seat in studying and understanding our living environment. 5 June, the World Environment Day, provides us with an opportunity for us all to reflect on the work carried out by EAGE members worldwide to explore and address environmental challenges. Here is a selection of updates and opportunities that you can engage with!
- Combining the future of the globe with the future of education, the EAGE Green Fund has been strengthening both EAGE initiatives as well as providing support for conservation and environmental causes. The original concept behind the fund is simple: for each event registration, one euro is donated to the Fund. In addition to this, the Fund also welcomes donations from members as well as corporate support.
Through the EAGE Green Fund, a number of initiatives are backed. The EAGE Minus CO2 Challenge, in which students are challenged to develop CO2 neutral hydrocarbon production, is an important part of this. In addition, the Green Fund also supports rainforest conservation efforts in Costa Rica as well as clean drinking water initiatives through Eole Water
- In addition to the activities of our Green Fund, our student led activities supported through the EAGE Student Fund play an important role for safeguarding the environment and promote sustainable resource usage. Keen to become part of our mission? You can support the EAGE Student Fund today by making a donation. Many thanks in advance!
- The EAGE Education Catalogue contains courses on all disciplines covered by the Association, including many that deal with environmental applications. Today we would like to propose “Geological History of CO2: Carbon Cycle and Natural Sequestration of CO2” by Dr Alain-Yves Huc: those interested in the biogeochemistry of the Earth’s system will enjoy his review of the change in the carbon cycle throughout geological time, and the environment’s response to it.
- Looking at our events, support for the upcoming Near Surface Geoscience Conference & Exhibition 2020, scheduled for Belgrade on 30 August to 3 September, is proving much stronger and enthusiastic than we could have expected in these challenging times. We are excited to announce that we have already over 180 quality paper submissions to produce a first class Technical Programme. We appreciate that some intending contributors may have been reluctant to offer a paper with so much uncertainty over COVID-19, which is why we wanted to leave the portal open. If you’d still like to submit your abstract, make sure to go to www.NSG2020.org and do so by mid-June.
- Meanwhile, work is also progress for the organization of the 3rd Asia Pacific Meeting on Near Surface Geoscience & Engineering, which will cover a broad list of application areas including geotechnical investigations, geohazards and disaster mitigation, geosciences for the human environment and sustainable development. The meeting will take place on 2-4 November in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and you can submit your abstract up until 30 June!
- Once again, this year EAGE supports the organization of Monitoring ‘20 in collaboration with the ESI “Institute of Geology” of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv on 10-13 November. This is a conference entirely dedicated to the monitoring of natural hazards, including both geological hazards and the study of the geological factors that can lead to environmental disasters. The programme will especially focus on new approaches to geological and geophysical methods for natural and man-made processes assessment, with the objective of facilitating the exchange of valuable scientific experience across different sectors. If you wish to take part, you can submit a paper until 15 September 2020.
- For additional resources on geoscience applications to environmental issues, the EAGE Bookshop is a good place to look, featuring manuals such as “Application Manual of Geophysical Methods to Engineering and Environmental Problems” by T. Aizawa. This volume, edited by our associated society SEGJ (The Society of Exploration Geophysicists of Japan), contains a comprehensive guide to shallow geophysical surveys to support your work in construction engineering and environmental maintenance.
- Knowledge sharing flows also through the channels of EAGE communities, which are active on these topics. On 10 June, for example, you can join the online session “Energy Transitions Endeavor” organized by the EAGE special interest community on Decarbonization & Energy Transition (DET) and on 16 June you are all invited to a special joint event hosted by three EAGE communities working together. Local Chapter Paris, Local Chapter Netherlands and DET teamed up once again to bring you an exciting programme “Talents and Competencies in the Energy Sector: Insights on the Way Forward - Part 2” that you can attend safely from home.
- EAGE is looking at the future and brings geoscientists, the industry, and the public authorities together at the 1st Geoscience & Engineering in Energy Transition Conference. The main topics covered are Geothermal, CCS, Energy Storage, Cross-Uses & Disciplines, and Solutions, Society & Government. Environmental Impact Assessment, in particular, is one of the topics in the call for abstracts of GET2020 featured in the track of “Solutions, Society & Government” which focuses on sustainable subsurface energy transition solutions and cross-synergies with subsurface energy systems. The current Energy Transition will be the framework of what all geoscientists will do in the future, therefore we encourage everyone to submit their paper by 28 June and join the conversation on shaping the future.
- From Strasbourg to Denver, the path of EAGE appointments inspired by the environment lastly brings us to the Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP). SAGEEP has been rescheduled for March 14-18, 2021.
- Finally, did you know EAGE is a partner of the EU-funded project Smart Exploration? Smart Exploration develops environmentally-friendly, cost-effective tools and methods for non-invasive geophysical exploration which do not pose any risk to the public or environment. The project sticks for the “zero harm to people” and “zero harm to the environment” rules. As Communications and Dissemination Leader, EAGE plays a key role in promoting Smart Exploration technical and social results while fostering its environmental ethics.