Podcast Tag: humanitarian geophysics

Episode 213: Hidden Hazards – The Orphaned Well Dilemma

“With the magnetic method, you can say with some certainty that it will locate more than 90% of the existing wells. The grand challenge for locating abandoned wells are these wells where the casing has been pulled.”

Richard Hammack discusses the December special section in The Leading Edge – orphaned and abandoned wells. The episode offers a fascinating exploration of innovative detection methods, from airborne magnetic sensors to the precision of drone technology, revealing how over 90% of steel-cased wells can be located. In contrast, wooden-cased and casing-removed wells present a formidable challenge.

Episode 182: Uncovering the hidden history of Ghana

Dr. Cyril D. Boateng discusses his SEG Field Camp, "Investigating the slave trade in South Eastern Ghana using integrated geophysical techniques." Recently, there has been renewed interest in connecting Africans in the diaspora to their ancestral lands. A lesser-known and often excluded slavery focus point is the South Eastern part of Ghana. Cyril explains the concept behind the term "the archaeology of slavery," and he describes the various geophysical investigations used across four communities. This conversation highlights the significant value geophysics brings to a problem and how SEG Field Camps, in particular, are an invaluable tool for building the next generation of scientists and providing humanitarian benefits.

Episode 171: The global water crisis and how to stop it

Paul Bauman discusses the inaugural Global Sustainability Lecture series, “A Strategy for Improving Rural Water Supply Development in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Paul highlights how water impacts all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He outlines the impact of two billion people living with water stress and how it could reach over five billion in the next ten years. Paul also shares why every geoscientist needs to be aware of this crisis, how it impacts their work, and what actions to take to address the issue. This is an inspiring, humbling, and necessary conversation.