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|Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns and Rafig Azzam, IAEG
Welcome to the 116th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world!
|Prof. Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
First, we would like to celebrate with the editors the 50th birthday of the Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment! Our wonderful editors have a summary article of those 50 years!
Second, you will note a change in the IAEG Connector. I had a wonderful email this past week from Chris Martin of the U.K. saying the IAEG Connector was too long and too repetitive week after week. He was right! I have shortened the newsletter considerably this week, and it will continue in the future. When I publish a section in the newsletter, it will last for only 4 weeks. I try to each week let you know in the introduction what is new in the Connector, so read this part first.
Third, the Cities on Volcanoes conference has been postponed to June 2021.
Lots happening in the world news! A landslide in Stonehaven, Scotland, has derailed a train. That same storm also caused lots of landslides in Scotland. India also had a large landslide, too. The highest air temperature recorded in the last 89 years was recorded in Death Valley, USA, too!
Enjoy the issue!
Scott Burns, now Past President, IAEG, and editor, IAEG Connector, and Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
We are excited to celebrate the 50th year of our Bulletin for IAEG! Each year it keeps getting better and better! Our two wonderful editors, Professors Resat Ulusay and Louis Wong, have summarized the 50-year history of our bulletin. There is a link below where you can access that superb report! Many thanks to all of the contributors and the editors for those 50 years!
The new FedIGS website is now live. The IGS has also published a news item on the newly launched FedIGS website here.
The deadline of calling for Richard Wolters Prize nominations has been extended to Sept. 30, 2020. National/regional groups who still wish to nominate candidates for the Richard Wolters Prize, please submit the materials before the deadline.
A new BOEG issue has just been released. Please click here to see a list of the latest papers in our bulletin.
We are delighted to report to the Committee that the recently released 2019 impact factor of BOEG reaches a record high of 3.041. It increases by 0.903 (42%) as compared with that of 2018. The IFs of the recent 6 years with their impact factors are tabulated below.
For your information, the 2019 impact factor of a journal is calculated by dividing the number of citations in 2019 to items published in 2017-2018 by the number of citable items in 2017-2018.
BOEG is now in the top 10 for the discipline of “Engineering, Geological” based on the IF. Please refer to the attached file for the detailed information.
The 3rd European Regional Conference of IAEG will be
hosted in Athens, Greece, by the IAEG National Group of Greece. The
conference will be postponed until spring 2021.
A European regional conference of IAEG was decided in the last council
in South Korea. The activation again of the IAEG regional
conference in Europe is a fundamental action for our region.
Unfortunately, since the regional conference of IAEG in Europe has
been inactive for almost 12 years, we do not have the chance to meet
in our region often (the last was five years ago in Torino). Considering
that almost half of the members and National Groups (NGs) of IAEG are
from European region, we hope that the initiative will become a stable
event, involving the scientific and professional community of the same
The conference will be organized with the collection of extensive
abstracts in order to reduce the complexity of the event due to the
limited time. More details about the 3rd European Regional Conference
will be available in few days on the conference website.
It is our pleasure also to announce that the Executive Office and
Council of IAEG for 2020 will be hosted in the occasion of the
conference in Athens.
The next Richard Wolters Prize competition for 2020 will be moreover
presented by IAEG at the occasion of the conference.
After careful consideration, and in light of the ongoing coronavirus healthy and financial developments, we are postponing EUROENGEO2020 to mid spring 2021. Rescheduling the event will enable us to provide the experience that our participants, sponsors and faculty members expect and deserve.
The new dates are April 8-12, 2021.
Click here to view the most recent newsletter.
Cities on Volcanoes 11
On behalf of the Department of Geology and Geoenvironment of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in collaboration with post graduate programme of “Environmental, Disaster and Crisis Management Strategies”(EDCM) and the Natural History Museum (University of Crete), are honored to invite you to participate in the Cities on Volcanoes 11. CoV11 is taking place, in Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 14-18, 2021.
It will be our pleasure to welcome you to Crete and give you the opportunity to visit Knossos (the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete called the oldest city of Europe), and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum (one of Europe’s most important museums with archaeological finds from all over Crete, covering over 5500 years of the island’s history).
Additionally, we will organize several field trips to Methana, Santorini volcano, Psiloritis UNESCO Global Geopark, The Minoan Villa with the Lilies, etc. We strongly believe that Crete, considered as one of the top global tourist destinations, having easy access and the appropriate infrastructure, will fulfill all your expectations for a successful meeting.
To find out more about the CoV 11, please follow these important links: CoV11 Programme, Important Dates, Registration, Call for Abstracts and The Venue.
The 1st IAEG South American Regional Conference will take place in the city of Córdoba in coincidence with the 2nd Argentine Congress of Geology Applied to Engineering and the Environment.
The event will take place Sept. 6-10, 2021, within the Córdoba Regional Faculty of the National Technological University.
The activity marks the return of IAEG to the region after 35 years, so we trust that the initiative will be a pleasant moment for its participants, involving the scientific and professional community of the region.
Click here to view more details on the English website.
Click here to view more details on the Spanish website.
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ISSMGE (ISSMGE News & Information Circular)
New Civil Engineer
Inspections are underway on Scotland’s Union Canal to check for further damage after engineers successfully plugged a major breach in the waterway recently and work to assess the landslide on the A68 near Edinburgh continues.
What could be the highest temperature ever reliably recorded on Earth — 130F — may have been reached in Death Valley National Park, California.
The recording is being verified by the U.S. National Weather Service.
Click here to view the tweet.
The Landslide Blog
A train derailed close to Stonehaven in Scotland, killing three people and injuring a further six. Images show that the accident was extremely serious — it is fortunate that there were only 12 people on the train at the time of the accident. A more densely occupied train would have led to a high level of loss of life.
The Landslide Blog
It is well established that one of the lingering affects of wildfires is increased sensitivity of the landscape to landslides. The primary cause is considered to be the loss of vegetation, although the actual mechanisms through which this generates increased landsliding are complex.
Hundreds of people were evacuated from a holiday park after a landslide sent several caravans crashing down a hill.
Thunder storms and torrential rain caused the mobile homes to slide down a hill, sparking a huge emergency service presence.
A relatively mild earthquake in Idaho led to some serious damage to a popular hiking and climbing area. The Baron Spire, located near Stanley, Idaho, faced the worst of it, and a large chunk of the peak apparently collapsed, creating a landslide that was caught on camera by nearby climbers.
|Sept. 10, 2020
|Sept. 25-30, 2020
||ICOLD 2020 Annual Meeting
||New Delhi, India
| Nov. 2-6, 2020
||5th World Landslide Forum
| Nov. 10-12, 2020
|Feb. 22-26, 2021
||13 International Symposium on Landslides
|March 5-7, 2021
||1st Geoengineering, Climate Change and Sustantinable Development Conference
|April 8-12, 2021
||Euroengeo — 3rd European Regional Conference of IAEG
|May 10-14, 2021
|May 16-19, 2021
|June 14-18, 2021
||Cities on Volcanoes 11
||Heraklion, Crete, Greece
|Aug. 16-21, 2021
|Sept. 6-10, 2021
||1st IAEG South American Regional Conference
|Sept. 6-10, 2021
||1st IAEG South American Regional Conference
|Oct. 17-20, 2021
||International Conference on Scour and Erosion
|Sept. 14, 2022
|Sept. 15-20, 2022
|Sept. 18-22, 2022
||12th International Conference on Geosynthetics
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