The Geological Society newsletter - Issue 363. See the latest updates about our events, awards, library and policy activities.
Geological Society newsletter issue 363
27 August 2019
Welcome to Issue 363 of the fortnightly Geological Society newsletter.

In this issue you'll find:

  • Events news - including information about conferences and our Regional Public Lectures
  • Awards news - nominations close soon
  • Library news - recent additions to our physical and virtual collections
  • Policy news - a final call for evidence for two Government consultations
EVENTSMaking the most of recent advances in groundwater modelling and Darcy Lecture
  • Thursday 19 September 2019
  • University of Birmingham's Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre

Groundwater modelling is changing rapidly. New modelling codes, uncertainty analysis, the ability to more closely represent geological detail and incorporate finer resolution are all changing how we build and use groundwater models for aquifer management and decision support.

This meeting, a joint conference by the Groundwater Modellers' Forum and the Hydrogeological Group, will demonstrate the progress of these changes from the perspective of the hydrogeological community as a whole.

Book a guided tour
EVENTS / Open House 2019
  • Saturday 21 September 2019
  • The Geological Society, Burlington House

Visit us from 10.00am to 5.00pm on Saturday 21 September as part of the annual Open House London festival - the capital's largest annual, free festival of architecture and design.

Guided tours will take place on the hour from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Pre-booking is essential, and some time slots are nearly fully booked - please email stating your preferred time as soon as possible to secure your place.

If you'd prefer to explore the building at your own leisure, then you can also take a self-guided tour. There's no need to book - simply drop in on the day.

EVENTS / The Marine Studies Group 2019 Shackleton Meeting
  • Monday 23 September 2019
  • The Geological Society, Burlington House

The Marine Studies Group’s annual Shackleton Meeting will explore the past, present and future of carbon storage on Earth. Speakers will discuss how the oceans have stored and released carbon in the past, where carbon is stored in modern marine ecosystems, and how offshore systems can facilitate carbon capture and storage. Please register by Monday 16 September to attend.
EVENTS / Regional Public Lectures

Volcanoes and past climate - adventures with deep carbon
  • Monday 23 September 2019
  • University of Plymouth
Hear from volcanologist Tamsin Mather (University of Oxford) as she explores the different types of volcanic activity that we see on Earth today and have seen over its geological history.

This talk will reveal how studying volcanic gases and rocks today can give us fundamental insights on some of the drivers of long-term global climate evolution, and some of the most profound environmental changes in geological history - including mass extinction events.

  The Big Antarctic Freeze​​​​​
  • Thursday 26 September 2019
  • National Museum Cardiff

Since 1992, loss of ice from the Antarctic ice sheet has contributed 8 mm to global sea level rise, with 40% of this occurring in the last 5 years. The future loss of ice from Antarctica represents the largest uncertainty in future global sea level predictions.

Professor Caroline Lear (Cardiff University) will explain how we use indirect methods to reconstruct the changes in the size of the Antarctic ice sheet over millions of years, and show that these records reveal a surprisingly dynamic history, with worrying implications for future ice sheet stability.

AWARDSClosing soon: nominations for Society awards

The nomination window for the 2020 round of Geological Society awards will be closing on Friday 27 September 2019. The application process has been streamlined this year, and all information (plus our new awards booklet) can be found on the Society's awards page.
LIBRARYRecent additions to our collection

The Library has recently added some new titles to the collection, which can be borrowed by Fellows and employees of Corporate Patron companies:
The majority of items in the Library's collection are available to borrow, in person or by post. The loan period is four weeks, but this can be renewed for up to one year as long as the items are not required by other members.
LIBRARY / Recent special issues in the Virtual Library

The Recent Special Issues section of the Virtual Library contains details of thematic special issues from e-journals which are available to Fellows. These include both the Library's Athens login journals and ones which are freely available online.

New special issues on the following topics have been added to August's section:

Athens authentication can also be used to access around 100 e-journals and 50 e-books from leading publishers.
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POLICYCall for evidence: Government consultations on business models for carbon capture usage and storage and the re-use of oil and gas assets for carbon capture, usage and storage projects

The Society is preparing responses to a pair of consultations launched by the Department of Business, Innovation and Industrial Strategy and is seeking expert view from the Fellowship.

We are looking to issue our response shortly, so if you'd like to contribute to our submission, please do so within the next few days. An overview of the consultation questions and the themes where we are seeking input can be found on our website's request for comments page.
Year of Carbon

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