Geo-science for Environmental Management (GEM)

The next GEM business meeting and workshop will be held in association with the VIETADAPTII project at Da Nang, Viet Nam between 23rd and 28th October 2015. Details will be posted on this site soon.

The Commission on Geoscience for Environmental Management has seven individual working groups: Dust, Gold and Mercury, Land Subsidence and Groundwater, Climate Change Adaptation, Man Made Strata and Geopollution, Drinking Water, and Geological Hazards and Territorial Sustainability. 

The former Working Group on Forensic Geology became a separate IUGS Initiative in 2010. A working group on Communicating Environmental Geoscience closed in August 2012.

Due to a technical problem the Working Group on Drinking Water is not listed in the side bar. The Drinking Water page can be reached by clicking onto "Working Groups" and then following the link.
 For a similar reason there is no page for the Working Group on Geological Hazards and Territorial Sustainability led by Adriana Niz which had its inception meeting at the International Congress on Geological Hazards and Territorial Sustainability in Catamarca, Argentina in 2013. The next event of that group will take place in 2015 in Lima, Peru, organised by the Institute of Seismology of Peru.

GEM Newsletter 22 (December 2014) is available on this site. Preparation of Newsletter 23 will commence shortly. 

Please note that there are two active surveys: a questionnaire on Man-made Strata and Geopollution and one on impacts of dust are available on the relevant Working Group pages. Please complete a form if you are are interested in either of those topics.

Recognizing the importance of the geo-sciences to sustainable development, GEM's mission is to encourage the integration of geoscience knowledge into policy and society.

As the developing world faces the largest environmental and socio-economic challenges, GEM strives to build bridges both between the developed and developing world, and between developing world countries.
The principles of a non-profit organization are followed. The Commission meets annually to hold a business meeting and an educational workshop with participation from the host's community. 

The annual meeting and workshop are integrated with small or large geoscientific congresses to maximize GEM's outreach and for the professional development of GEM officers.
Operations and Funding
To operate, GEM recruits geoscience experts from across the world to form
Working Groups. These groups run projects aimed at integrating geoscience knowledge into society. There are currently seven Working Groups.

Funds to operate working groups are acquired through grant applications.