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How geoscientists help strengthen food and water security in Africa

In 2021, Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Idai was one of the most powerful cyclones to hit the southern hemisphere in two decades. Food and water insecurity connected to extreme events like cyclones, droughts, and floods, can force entire communities and regional populations to be displaced. Such population movements are evident in agriculture-dependent locations like Ghana in western Africa. How can applied geosciences help solve the population displacement problem within the global climate crisis and

Uncovering hidden water resources to save lives: A tale of two villages

This current GWB project is located at Angwan Fulani and Angwan Rimi, two villages in Sabon-Gari Local Government Area in Kaduna State, Northern Nigeria. These two villages (each with a population of approx. 20,000) suffer from extreme water scarcity, especially during the dry season. Community members reported that they spent numerous hours daily sourcing unsafe water for domestic use. This takes their time away from education and economic activities. They also fall sick frequently. Children

John Eastwood selected as SEG’s next President-Elect

John Eastwood was selected by SEG Voting Members to serve as President-elect for 2023–2024. Following his one-year term as President-elect, Eastwood will assume the office of SEG President following IMAGE 2024 scheduled for 25–30 August 2024 in Houston, Texas.

President Tubman names 2023 Presidential Award recipients

Four individuals and one committee have been selected by President Ken Tubman to receive the SEG Presidential Award in 2023. Established in 2008, the SEG Presidential Award is bestowed at the discretion of the SEG president to recognize those who have contributed outstanding service to the Society. This year’s recipients include Ellie Ardakani, Peter Cramer, Maria Angela Capello, Mandi Duckworth, and the Middle East Regional Advisory Committee. Ellie Ardakani is recognized for her service to

Nepal project troubleshoots earthquake warning systems

The overall aim of the NepalEEW project is to test the feasibility of an Earthquake Early Warning system in Nepal. If successful, the system would detect early stages of an earthquake, issue alerts, and provide critical time for users to seek cover or exit a building before the shaking arrives. During two field trips in winter 2021 and spring 2022 the team deployed 37 seismic instruments in a densely populated area in central Nepal between

The importance of understanding groundwater potentials: Anambra State, Nigeria

In 2022, a water project was initiated to investigate the groundwater potentials and aquifer vulnerability in select rural communities. The project utilized geological and geophysical field data to assess the water resources in the area. The project team carried out geological field mapping, surface traversing, contact identification and tracing, and detailed outcrop studies and description. They also conducted rock and water sampling and analysis to identify and characterize the lithology in the area. Vertical Electrical

Society of Exploration Geophysicists announces 2023 Honors and Awards recipients

One of SEG’s great traditions is the special recognition of individuals and organizations for their contributions to geophysics and to the Society. The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) has announced its 2023 Honors and Awards recipients. Kurt J. Marfurt is the recipient of SEG’s highest honor, the Maurice Ewing Medal, awarded to a person who is deserving of special recognition for making major contributions to the advancement of the science and profession of exploration geophysics.

Calling all Artists to the IMAGE ’23 Art Show

Show off your skills at the largest gathering of geoscientists in the world. This is an open call to all members of AAPG and SEG, IMAGE volunteers, and participants to submit their visual art, photography, sculpture, textile, film, and ceramics for consideration into the IMAGE Art Show held at the third annual International Meeting for Applied Geoscience and Energy (IMAGE) from 28–31 August 2023 in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Please submit your photos and

Geoscience in Action: Advancing Sustainable Development is now an open-access resource

Geoscience in Action: Advancing Sustainable Development now is available for download as an open-access resource from UNESCO and AGU. The report was inspired by the mapping exercise conducted for the creation of the Geophysical Sustainability Atlas published in The Leading Edge by Capello et al. in January 2021. The authors of the expanded work, led by Maria Angela Capello, formed a multicultural, multipractitioner, and multisector team. The work’s summary states that it “seeks to inspire geoscientists everywhere

Geoscientists without Borders® (GWB): Improving global community resiliency with sustainable water supplies

by Katie Burke (Managing Director- SEG Foundation) and Pallavi Bharadwaj (Program Manager, GWB-SEG) Water is a fundamental part of all aspects of life. The United Nations 2023 Water Conference this month is aimed at uniting the world for water. According to Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the world has not managed to take decisive action to tackle the global water crisis, and many issues discussed at the first UN conference on freshwater back in 1977