Geoscientists Without Borders Continues Global Outreach

The AAPG Foundation is in its fourth year as a partner of Geoscientists Without Borders, an outreach program that provides humanitarian applications of geoscience around the world. This program allows geoscientists to share their knowledge and skills with universities or other non-profits to help communities facing environmental hardships or natural hazards like severe water shortages and threats of earthquakes or tsunamis.

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The AAPG Foundation is in its fourth year as a partner of Geoscientists Without Borders, an outreach program that provides humanitarian applications of geoscience around the world. This program allows geoscientists to share their knowledge and skills with universities or other non-profits to help communities facing environmental hardships or natural hazards like severe water shortages and threats of earthquakes or tsunamis.

Through this unique program, university students are engaged to develop solutions to these challenges using geoscience applications.

Three project completion reports were received in 2017:

  • Landslide monitoring in Peru by ISTerre, INGEMMET, CONDIDA, mayor of Maca and project team, school director of Maca and selected students.
  • Assessment of flood-damaged infrastructures in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia by the Association of Geophysicists and Environmentalists of Serbia, Terra Australis Geophysica Pty. Ltd, Curtin University, OGS, Uppsala University, Technical Faculty European University BD Brcko Brcko District, CTU IPKIN Bijeljina Republic of Srpska, University of Tuzla.
  • Building local capacities for monitoring eruptive and catastrophic landslide activity at Pacaya volcano (Guatemala), through international partnership and collaboration with Michigan Tech, INSIVUMEH, Pacaya Volcano National Park, San Carlos University, Instituto Geografico Nacional, Coordinadora Nacional Para la Reduccion de Desastres, U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Disaster Assistance Program, International Volcano Monitoring Fund.

Four progress reports of multi-year projects also were received:

  • Development of fresh groundwater use in Douala, Cameroon, by the University of Missouri, Research Institute for Development (IRD), France, University of Ngaoundere, Cameroon and University of Maiduguri, Nigeria.
  • ”Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Building resiliency to tsunami hazards by training Indonesian geoscientists and local communities, by Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, Universitas Pembangunan Nasional, APMD Indonesian Institute of Community Development, BPBD – Indonesian Government Disaster Mitigation Agency, Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia Indonesian Institute of Science.
  • Geophysical mapping of aquifers in the Challapampa aquifer and the Punata aquifer by Lund University, Aarhus University, Universidad Mayor de San Andres, Universidad Mayor de San Simon, Universidad Tecnica de Oruro.
  • GPS training and application to seismic hazard in southern Haiti, by URGeo/FDS/UEH, Haiti, Ecole normale supérieure, France, Seismology Technical Unit of the Bureau of Mines and Energy (UTS/BME) and National Center for Geospatial Information (CNIGS).

Editor’s note: This update is from the 2018 Activity of the Geoscientists Without Borders report, by Robert Merrill.

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