Seismic Soundoff

Seismic Soundoff

In-depth conversations in applied geophysics.


10 May 2017

Episode 15: The Story of Geoscientists Without BordersĀ®

This episode explores the inspiration for Geoscientists Without Borders® and the leaders that helped shape the program.

Permalink: https://doi.org/10.1190/seismic-soundoff-episode15

Geoscientists Without Borders® uses the specialized knowledge and technical skills of geoscientists to mitigate natural hazards by connecting universities and industries with communities in need. These global projects involve archaeology; earthquake, landslide, volcano and tsunami preparedness; pollution mitigation; habitat management; and water management.

In 2017, we will highlight several projects on Seismic Soundoff. Upcoming podcast episodes will include water management in Kakuma, tsunami preparedness in Java, and earthquake preparedness in Timor Leste.

2018 will mark the ten-year anniversary of the Geoscientists Without Borders® (GWB®) program. GWB® was established by the SEG Foundation in 2008 with an initial leadership investment from Schlumberger. Essential support was also provided by the SEG Foundation Trustee Associates and many other individuals. GWB’s endowment, established to provide sustained funding for the program, was started with a generous gift from Mark and Debra Gregg (KiwiEnergy Ltd.), to ensure a long-term future for the program. Since then, PGS, CGG, Santos LLC, Global Geophysical, and many other individuals have joined to support the program.

Help us spread the word. Share this episode with your friends and colleagues. Communicate with your peers the work SEG and dedicated geoscientists in the GWB® program are doing. The more that people learn about GWB®, the better our chances of reaching sustained funding, recruiting volunteers, and continuing projects that impact communities.

For additional information, including how to donate to GWB®, visit https://seg.org/gwb.

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Schlumberger strives to be a unifying force for social and environmental stewardship, and engages in philanthropic activities that reflect the company’s values. As the founding sponsor of Geoscientists Without Borders®, Schlumberger believes in the science of geophysics to affect positive changes in communities facing environmental hardship and natural hazards.

Audio credits

Special thanks to Dr. Maya Tolstoy, Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization for providing the recording of the 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.


  1. Ron Harris
  2. Craig Beasley
  3. Linda Ford
  4. Mike Forrest
  5. Cung Vu
  6. Bob Merrill

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