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|Special Welcome Message from Scott Burns and Rafig Azzam, IAEG
Welcome to our 77th IAEG Connector, the electronic newsletter connecting engineering geologists around the world!
|Prof. Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
First, super congratulations to IAEG's vice president for North America, Prof. Jean Hutchinson of Canada, who will receive the 20th Glossop Medal and give the annual Glossop Lecture tonight in England. This medal is one of the most prestigious medals given in the world to engineering geologists! We are very, very proud of Dr. Hutchinson! She gave one of the keynotes last year at our IAEG Congress in San Francisco.
Second, we have lots of news items this week, especially the Cotabato earthquake and resulting landslides in the Philippines, the Malaysian landslides, a Russian volcano erupting in the Aleutians, the Tagarma Rock Avalanche in Tibet, the earthquake that killed 5 in Iran, and the unique photo of "ice eggs" in Finland!
Enjoy the issue!
Scott Burns, now Past President, IAEG, and editor, IAEG Connector, and Rafig Azzam, President, IAEG
The 3rd European Regional Conference of IAEG will be
hosted in Athens, Greece, by the IAEG National Group of Greece. The
conference will take place from 20th to 24th of September 2020.
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.
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The Geological Society of London
EGGS will be presenting the 20th Glossop Medal to the Professor Jean Hutchinson at the RI on 13 Nov. Her lecture is titled: “Building the engineering geology process model: Extending our understanding of rock slope instability mechanisms using remotely sensed data.”
MINEX Russia Mining and Exploration Forum was held in Moscow on 8-10 October 2019. Incepted in 2005, MINEX Russia is one of the largest and most significant mining events in the country. The Forum was organised under the central theme “Foresight of the development of the Russian mining and geological industry”, reflecting the processes of transformation and new opportunities for geological exploration and mining.
Click here to see open materials from MINEX 2019.
The 16th MINEX Russia will be held in Moscow on 6-8 October 2020. To discuss participation options, you can contact the Forum secretariat.
Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2019
Novotel Hotel, Yangon
Second International Conference on Applied Earth Sciences in Myanmar and Neighboring Regions
Myanmar Applied Earth Sciences Association
Pre-conference workshops: Nov. 29; Conference: Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Upper Myanmar field trip: Mandalay-Sagaing-Minwun-Mogok, Dec. 2-7
The journal Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292, IF 4.118) is currently running a Special Issue titled "Remote Sensing of Landslides II." Dr. Zhong Lu, of the Southern Methodist University (USA), and Dr. Chaoying Zhao, of the Chang’an University (China), are serving as guest editors for this issue. We think you could make an excellent contribution based on your expertise and your following paper:
Urban Landslides: Challenges for Forensic Engineering Geologists and Engineers. ENGINEERING GEOLOGY FOR SOCIETY AND TERRITORY, VOL 5: URBAN GEOLOGY, SUSTAINABLE PLANNING AND LANDSCAPE EXPLOITATION 2015, 0, 3-9.
Triggered by precipitation, water-level fluctuation, freeze thaw, irrigation, earthquakes, anthropogenic activities and other factors, landslide has become a severe geohazard worldwide. In recent years, multiple remote sensing techniques that use synthetic aperture radar (SAR), light detection and ranging (LiDAR), optical and photogrammetric measurements from spaceborne, airborne, mobile-vehicle and ground-based platforms have been widely applied for landslide classification, detection, digital elevation model reconstruction, surface deformation monitoring, volume/thickness inversion and stability and mechanism analysis.
For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website.
The submission deadline is Dec. 31, 2019. You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline. Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also encourage authors to send a short abstract or tentative title to the Editorial Office in advance (email@example.com).
Remote Sensing is fully open access. Open access (unlimited and free access by readers) increases publicity and promotes more frequent citations, as indicated by several studies. Open access is supported by the authors and their institutes. An Article Processing Charge (APC) of CHF 1800 currently applies to all accepted papers (APC: CHF 2000 from Jan. 1, 2020 onwards). You may be entitled to a discount if you have previously received a discount code or if your institute is participating in the MDPI Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP). For more information, click here.
For further details on the submission process, please see the instructions for authors at the journal website.
May 10-14, 2021
Save the date for the next installment of the largest equipment show dedicated solely to the deep foundations industry! IFCEE 2021 will take place at the Hyatt Regency Reunion in Dallas, Texas.
Colombian Geotechnical Society
In association with the Joint Technical Committee on Natural Slopes and Landslides (JTC1) and the Federation of International Geo-engineering Societies: ISSMGE,ISRM and IAEG (FedIGS), the Colombian Geotechnical Society-CGS cordially invites the international geotechnical community to participate in the XIII International Symposium on Landslides-XIII ISL, which will be held from June 15-19, 2020, in the city of Cartagena-Colombia.
Our invitation extends to all those colleagues interested in presenting articles, and in a very special way to invite students and professors of universities and research centers, and to the representatives of industry and research for the installation of stands to display software, equipment and geotechnical services. In addition to the program of the Symposium to be held at the venue of the event, technical visits will be organized to selected landslide sites and structures of geotechnical interest, in the surroundings of Medellín and Bogotá cities, both located in the Andean region. It is planned to make these visits during the week of June 22-26. Finally, we invite you to enjoy our tourist attractions and the hospitality of our people.
The Landslide Blog
A major landslide occurred in the Genting Highlands of Malaysia, a popular tourist area. Fortunately, there are no reports of casualties, although this appears to have been a near miss.
A volcano on a remote island between the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia in the Sea of Okhotsk and Hokkaido in Japan has just erupted for the first time since 1924, and luckily, the International Space Station captured the whole thing via pictures.
On June 22, the uninhabited volcanic island of Raikoke shot ash and volcanic glass so high into the air that it could be seen from space, and photos released by NASA show the dramatic nature of the plume.
The Landslide Blog
The Tagarma rock avalanche is an ancient but beautifully-preserved landslide located on the Tibetan Plateau at 38.081, 75.185. This large landslide has recently been described in a paper published in the journal Landslides.
Despite frothy gold prices, global mine output declined during the third quarter, according to the World Gold Council’s latest report.
Primary production remained comfortably above the five-year quarterly average of some 852 tons, however. On a year-to-date basis production is flat at 2,583 tonnes after a decade of output growth.
The Landslide Blog
Planet Labs satellite images have now become available showing at least some of the landslides triggered by the 2019 Cotabato earthquakes sequence in the Philippines. Cloud is still affecting some of the area, so the picture is not yet fully clear, but there is sufficient detail to see at least two large clusters of landslides.
At least five people have been killed and 330 others injured after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Iran, Iranian state-run Press TV reported.
Press TV said emergency and evaluation teams are operating and Red Crescent teams have been dispatched to the area.
Thousands of egg-shaped balls of ice have covered a beach in Finland, the result of a rare weather phenomenon.
Amateur photographer Risto Mattila was among those who came across the "ice eggs" on Hailuoto Island in the Gulf of Bothnia between Finland and Sweden.
|March 2-8, 2020
||36th International Geological Congress
|Sept. 20-24, 2020
||Euroengeo — 3rd European Regional Conference of IAEG
|Sept. 10, 2021
|Oct. 25-29, 2021
|Sept. 14, 2022
|Sept. 15-20, 2022
|Sept. 18-22, 2022
||International Geosynthetics Congress
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