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Episode 185: The current and future outlook for SEG and geophysics

SEG President Ken Tubman discusses the future outlook of SEG and applied geophysics. Ken outlines how SEG could allow greater experimentation, the pros and cons of its current governance structure, and how members can best contribute to SEG's future. This episode not only matters for SEG members and stakeholders and the profession of applied geophysics but provides expertise and guidance for all membership-based organizations.

Episode 184: Water is Life – the GWB Ghana Water Project

Dr. Elikplim Abla Dzikunoo and Abdul Rashid Seidu discuss their Geoscientists without Borders project, "Provision of potable water to communities in northeastern Ghana." Elikplim and Rashid explain why groundwater is of growing importance in the "food basket of Ghana" as rainwater gets more difficult to predict. Elikplim highlights the value of combining community knowledge with scientifically-tested methods to be successful. Rashid explores why groundwater has been an overlooked resource in Ghana. And they both discuss the importance of respecting the culture where scientific work occurs. 

Episode 183: The importance of SEG regional offices to advance geophysics

Yogaani Bhatia, SEG's Managing Director for International Operations, discusses the value of the SEG regional offices as SEG celebrates over ten years of the Middle East regional office. She explains how geophysics is changing in the Middle East and highlights the similarities and differences between geophysics in the Middle East and China. Yogaani also shares what she's most proud of over the past ten years at the SEG Middle East office and why the regional offices are important to the future success of the SEG and geophysics.  

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 181: Seismic’s role in geological carbon capture and storage

Geological carbon capture and storage is a critical component of CO2 emission reduction, which aims to alleviate global climate change. In this conversation with host Andrew Geary, Roman Pevzner explains why a subsurface monitoring program is necessary for geological carbon storage and the range of seismic methods used to monitor CO2 storage. Carbon capture and storage will play a major role in the future of geophysics, and this conversation helps demonstrate possible paths.

Episode 180: The power and need for SEG Scholarships

SEG Scholarships encourage the study of geophysics and related geosciences in universities worldwide. In this special episode, we feature two scholarship recipients and the founder of a new Scholarship Program. This episode will leave no doubt of the power of the SEG Scholarships to benefit the Society, geophysics, and individual lives. 

Episode 179: New takes on energy independence and policies

Government policies, incentives, and funding directly impact gains in energy efficiency and energy independence. Diana Sineva and Stephen Brown highlight recent policy changes in the United States and how it impacts the world and the oil and gas sector. This episode explores cutting-edge policy and research to offer a novel perspective on topics that will impact the world for generations.

Episode 178: Why you should consider drone-based geophysics

Dr. Callum Walter discusses the benefits of drone surveys when taking on dirty, dangerous, and demanding jobs. He highlights the similarities and differences compared to other geophysical surveys and the unique difficulties when collecting data by drones. Callum outlines a few case studies currently benefiting from drones, the possibility of rocket-powered drones, and using drones in off-world environments. Callum also offers when drones could be right for your project profile.

Episode 177: Searching for the perfect x-ray image of the Earth

What sets the seismic method apart from other geophysical exploration methods is its ability to deliver three-dimensional high-resolution images of the subsurface. Ramesh (Neelsh) Neelamani traces the history of the seismic method to showcase recent breakthroughs and future advancements. This episode is a wide-ranging exploration of seismic resolution based on seven new papers in The Leading Edge.

Episode 176: The secret shortcut to power up your career

Boris Gurevich provides an insider's perspective on the value of expanding your knowledge and awareness of the wide-ranging discipline of geophysics. Boris provides a helpful overview of this often overlooked, free resource. He also shares tips to maximize your engagement and learning and the best ways to get involved, from attendees to companies to lecturers. The Honorary and Distinguished Lectures provide an invaluable resource to the geophysics community and the public. This conversation will provide the shortcut to help you get the most out of it.


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