Episode 63: Helping those in harm’s way – a GWB story

In 2016, Dr. Ron Harris of Brigham Young University led a Geoscientists Without Borders® team to Java, Indonesia to help prepare the community for the next tsunami. For this special Soundoff episode, we showcase Ron Harris’ project in Java through a short, richly produced and narrative-driven story that captures the spirit of GWB.

In Ron’s own words, he highlights the moment when his son changed his geoscience career, the simple tool that brought peace to a community, and the power of working together to improve emergency preparedness. This is not just a story about science making a difference, but the role of preparedness in our everyday lives.


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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.


Special thanks to Katie Burk and Linda Ford of the SEG team.

Additional thanks to the students at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies for their feedback on this episode.

And thank you 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.

Episode produced and edited by Andrew Geary.

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