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Communications Committee: Plenty of projects, need
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The Communications Committee oversees AEG's various communications media, including our technical publications and digital platforms. We are responsible for maintaining their quality and advising the officers and Board of Directors how they may be improved or expanded to enhance the exchange of information between the Association and its members, among members, with the wider scientific and technical community and with the public.

In addition to managing our existing media, the committee has been moving forward on some new projects ensuing from the Needs Assessment surveys, as well as dealing with unforeseen challenges caused by the change in association administration and headquarters geography.
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Reminder: Abstracts for 2015 AEG Annual Meeting Dams
Symposium due May 1

The Dams Technical Working Group of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) is currently accepting abstracts for papers and presentations for this one-day symposium that will be part of the 2015 AEG Annual Meeting. The 2015 AEG Annual Meeting will be held Sept. 19-26 in Pittsburgh, with the Dams Symposium held on Thursday, Sept. 24.

The Symposium theme is: "Geologic Considerations in the Assessment of New and Aging Dam Infrastructure." Abstracts should be submitted by Friday, May 1, and include:
  • The title of the presentation
  • The author(s) names, affiliation(s) and contact information
  • A brief abstract (250 words or less) of the paper
  • See instructions HERE for abstract formatting

Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to: Brian Greene, Kerry Cato and Heather Clark.

Abstract submissions will be reviewed and selected for presentation the co-conveners of the symposium. When your submission is accepted, a confirmation notification will be sent via email.

Note: A formal paper is not required for the Annual Meeting, simply an abstract and a PowerPoint presentation at the conference not to exceed 18 minutes.

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Global landslide catalog aids view from space
Landslides are among the most common and dramatic natural hazards, reshaping landscapes — and anything in their path. Tracking when and where landslides occur worldwide has historically been difficult, because of the lack of a centralized database across all nations. But NASA researchers have updated the first publicly available Global Landslide Catalog, based on media reports and online databases that bring together many sources of information on landslides that have occurred since 2007. The catalog, originally released in 2010, is still the only one of its kind.

Around 6,000 landslides are noted in the catalog. This wealth of data gives scientists a starting point to analyze where, how and why landslides are likely to occur. In particular, NASA researchers have begun to compare landslide occurrence with global rainfall data from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission.

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The science behind the Midwest's killer tornadoes
National Geographic
Spring is the season for dangerous tornadoes across much of the United States, and this year is shaping up to be no exception, with huge twisters ripping through Illinois Thursday, causing one death and at least seven injuries. The damage has been so extensive that snow plows have been used to clear Illinois streets of debris. Six counties in the state were affected, and other tornadoes were reported in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.
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Submarine volcanoes: expedition sheds light on eruptions
The Sydney Morning Herald
Some of the world's biggest and most powerful volcanoes probably lie not on land but deep beneath the ocean waves. Occupying vast stretches of ocean floor, chains of these submarine volcanoes may extend for hundreds or even thousands of miles. Havre volcano forms part of one such chain, known as the Kermadec Arc, which runs north of Auckland, New Zealand.
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