The Commission on Geo-science for Environmental Management is now comprised of 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. The 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.
A page for the new Geological Hazards and Territorial Sustainability Working Group will be added soon.
A publication "Climate Change Adaptation in Practice" by Philipp Schmidt-Thome & Johannes Klein is finally here! You can find the flyer and order form at the end of "Climate Change Adaptation" page.
The IUGS-GEM Annual Report for 2012 is now available.
GEM Newsletter 19 (February 2013) is now available.
A GEM business meeting and workshop are to be held at the International Congress on Disaster Risks and Sustainable Territorial Development at Catamarca, Argentina 22nd-24th April 2013.
The International Workshop "Regional Assessment and Mapping of Groundwater Resources" at Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute, Warsaw on May 15-17, 2013. Workshop announcement
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 the topic.
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 eight Working Groups.
Funds to operate working groups are acquired through grant applications.